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With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there's a likely culprit

Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens.<p>In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt …

Trump owes Orwell for '1984.' Big Brother is his role model.

In this dystopian novel, only 'facts' that show Big Brother in a positive light are allowed to exist. Sound familiar?<p>In George Orwell’s prophetically dystopian novel, <i>1984</i>, Big Brother’s regime uses a “memory hole” to destroy any facts or documents that become inconvenient to the regime’s preferred …

Important lessons from George Orwell and Winston Churchill

<b>(AP Photo, File)</b><p>Thomas Ricks’ new book is the latest offering of history’s lessons for our dangerous time<p>Steven Rosenfeld<p>September 30, 2017 9:58am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Donald Trump’s reactionary presidency and Silicon Valley’s spying on online users is pushing the …

Political Science

These 18 *Genius* Canned Tuna Recipes Take Everyone’s Fave Pantry Staple to the Next Level

Notice how tuna is almost always on the top 10 list of everyone’s most valuable pantry staples. Not only is tuna a cheap and convenient source of protein, it’s also SOOOO versatile. You can make everything from tuna sandwiches to tuna melts to tuna risotto and more. And after the icky news about …

11 Whole30 recipes for the healthy but lazy chef in us all

If your two favorite things are eating healthy and tough love, then Whole30 is definitely the program for you. The month long diet has become a …

Eating this healthy veggie dip is our favorite new skin care regimen

Do you ever pick up your favorite snack food in the middle of the day and think it’s delicious, but worry that it might be bad for your skin? We’re …

WATCH: Michael Moore says President Trump’s speech ushered in a “new chapter” of George Orwell’s “1984”

<b>(MSNBC)</b><p>The director called the president a “narcissist” but also said that Trump “always knows what he’s doing”<p>Taylor Link<p>March 1, 2017 1:26pm (UTC)<p>Director and activist Michael Moore joined MSNBC's Chris Matthews Tuesday night to react to President Donald Trump's address to Congress. Moore found …

Donald Trump

1984 In Covers

Whenever a book is having a cultural moment, I find myself looking at how the book’s covers have been rendered. For books that are older, it’s …

Language Learning

Five myths about George Orwell

<i>Gordon Bowker is the author of "George Orwell," a biography of the writer, and has written articles for the the Daily Beast, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.</i><p>With “alternative facts” airing on the evening news and ominous warnings of “American carnage” issuing from the White House, it’s no …

Costco — yes, Costco — now stocks Orwell’s ‘1984’

Next time you’re at Costco, you can pick up a jumbo bag of Cheetos with a copy of “1984.” <i>Doubleplus good!</i> The discount store is now stocking Orwell’s classic novel along with its usual selection of current bestsellers. Much has been made of the soaring sales of “1984” since the inauguration. Last …

Dystopian Fiction Is Selling Like There's No Tomorrow

BOSTON — Save the light reading for later. In 2017, dystopian fiction is all the rage.<p>Gloomy classics depicting societies gone terribly wrong have shot to the top of best-seller lists like Amazon's in recent months, including George Orwell's "1984" and Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," …

Dystopian fiction is selling like there's no tomorrow

BOSTON (AP) — Save the light reading for later. In 2017, dystopian fiction is all the rage.<p>Gloomy classics depicting societies gone terribly wrong …

Literature

Death of truth: when propaganda and 'alternative facts' first gripped the world

History stopped in 1936 – after that, there was only propaganda. So said George Orwell of an era when the multiple miseries of the Great Depression were compounded by the ruthless media strategies of Hitler and Stalin<p>Truth was the first casualty of the Great Depression. Reflecting the anguish of …

Dystopias are fantastic in fiction. But do you really want to live in one?

Just a few days until the election, and a writer's thoughts naturally turn to dystopias.<p>Yes, dystopias — those stories where everything has gone to hell, hopefully in a compulsively readable way. Science fiction is the home genre of dystopian literature, and any knowledgeable student of the form …

The cases for and against 1984 as essential reading for 2017

Welcome to Vox’s weekly roundup of the best writing online about books and related subjects. Herewith is the best the internet has to offer for the week of January 23, 2017:<p>In the same week that the chair of the House Science Committee told the nation that Donald Trump is the sole reliable source …

1984 sells out after Kellyanne Conway's 'alternative facts' quote

<i>1984</i> has become very popular in 2017.<p>On Wednesday, the Signet Classics edition of George Orwell’s novel went to number one on Amazon’s best seller …

Beyond Orwell: 11 Illuminating Quotes From the Canon of Dystopia

George Orwell is suddenly, understandably en vogue — <i>1984</i> spiked on Amazon and then sold out, his scathing 1940 review of <i>Mein Kampf</i> has been dredged up, and reading groups are springing up like toadstools, eager to discuss the ways language can be manipulated by would-be tyrants in order to suppress …

WikiLeaks CIA docs show it's not 2017, it's 1984. Now what?

This past week, we learned what's in the new health care law being crafted by Congress, we found out IBM can cram a lot of data onto a single atom, and... what else?<p>And so could your phone, your tablet and your friggin' car.<p>It all came from more than 8,000 top secret documents reportedly from the …