Orwell No Longer Cares

Nowadays, when I write a review, I sit down at the typewriter and type it straight out. haiTill recently, indeed till six months ago, I never did this and would have said that I could not do it. Virtually all that I wrote was written at least twice, and my books as a whole three times—individual passages as many as five or ten times. It is not really that I have gained in facility, merely that I have ceased to care, so long as the work will pass inspection and bring in a little money. It is a deterioration directly due to the war.

—George Orwell, War-time Diary, 17 June 1940

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2 Responses to “Orwell No Longer Cares”


  1. 1 nancy a November 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Orwell is always right on time ~ but what a perfect selection for this day..

  2. 2 Alexa November 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I love the Lifton riff. you remember he described “psychic numbing” in part as I saw everything. I simply ceased to feel anything,

    bravo, Mr. Orwell, for this: merely that I have ceased to care

    you may have a point about no coincidences, mi abejo.


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