George Orwell

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The best dystopian novels are really about the societies in which they are written and not exercises in futurology

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper spontaneously ignites. It inspired the title of Ray Bradbury’s novel about a future in which firemen (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dáil

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended the budget 2014 provisions amid heated Dáil exchanges.“The budget of 2014 is the first and critical step that will a(...)

Slavoj Zizek: “I am an obsessive, neurotic guy”

‘I’m never enjoying myself. Life is shit. But it’s relatively okay today,” Slavoj Zizek splutters in his famously abrasive English.But this is not suc(...)

 Know your art from your elbow: graffiti by Sums at this year’s Bridge Jam street-art festival in Drogheda, Co Louth

You can coast through school on a diet of whatever you’re told and what your friends like, but college is different. Now you have to be a cultural (...)

A screen grab of’s home page shows a letter posted by the website’s owner, Ladar Levison. Lavabit, an encrypted email service believed to have been used by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, shut down abruptly on Thursday amid a legal fight that appeared to involve US government attempts to win access to customer information.  Photograph: Reuters/

There’s no music and no dancing at these parties. Instead you will find up to 15 people hunched over their laptops, anxious to keep their email from p(...)

Catholic Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Catholic Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy said tonight there were shades of George Orwell’s Animal Farm in the current debate on abortion legis(...)

US president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping walk the grounds at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage in California on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

The acid that corroded George W Bush’s presidency was fear – spreading it and succumbing to it. You could see the fear in his eyes, the fear that froz(...)

We are not all that good at understanding how power works – we usually reduce it to a grossly simplified model whereby certain people are in power and(...)

Everyone is on their own. This emerges as the prevailing reality of the Swiss writer Peter Stamm’s outstanding, often bleak and always unsettling fict(...)

If you only read one story about clichés in theatre criticism this year, make it this one! Shortly after seeing Disney’s mega-musical (...)

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