Saturday, April 26, 2008


I'd thought that re-visiting Animal Farm a couple decades past the Cold War would perhaps diminish its charms. Wrong! Instead of porkers based on Stalin and Trotsky, we've got Cheney and Rummy and Karl Rove. Orwell most feared, after all, the tyrannical processes festering within the Western democracies. I think of his dystopian visions whenever I look out the window at West B'more and see the police surveillance cameras and helicopters flying over a community of desperately poor human beings.

Had I the inclination, or the skill, I'd write a parody with Wilbur and Charlotte at Manor Farm.

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