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  • seandodson 5:25 pm on August 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , diary, , , , samuel peyps, , spanish civil war, war   

    George Orwell diaries: an entry a day keeps the thought police at bay 

    Looking forward to the start of the Orwell Diaries this Saturday (August 09). To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the start of them, the Orwell Prize along with the Media Standards Trust and Political Quarterly have decided to publish the entries in blog form. Each entry will be published exactly 70 years on from the day they were written.

    Taking an obvious cue from Phil Gyford’s wonderful Pepys Diary, each entry will be published as if it were a blog . In this case, exactly 70 years after it was written. I do hope that the annoation is as good as Gyford’s is.

    The diaries open while Orwell was recuperating in Morocco after fighting in the Spanish Civil War. In the next few weeks you will be able to read about his return to the UK and “his opinions on the descent of Europe into war in real time. The diaries end in 1942, three years into the conflict.”

    An introduction on the site reads:

    “What impression of Orwell will emerge? From his domestic diaries it may be a largely unknown Orwell, whose great curiosity is focused on plants, animals, woodwork, and – above all – how many eggs his chickens have laid. From his political diaries (from 7th September), it may be the Orwell whose political observations and critical thinking have enthralled and inspired generations since his death in 1950. Whether writing about the Spanish Civil War or sloe gin, geraniums or Germany, Orwell’s perceptive eye and rebellion against the ‘gramophone mind’ he so despised are obvious.”

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    • thespigot 5:29 pm on August 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      That is the coolest Animal Farm cover I’ve ever seen.

    • seandodson 9:01 pm on August 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      It’s great isn’t it. The cover illustration is by Paul Hogarth, the 1967 edition I think. You can buy a copy here. Interestingly, Hogarth also fought in the Spanish Civil War for the International Brigade.

    • seandodson 11:48 am on August 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Er, actually Orwell fought with the POUM and not the International Brigade (thanks Will). The International Brigade were connected with Moscow.

  • seandodson 9:42 am on June 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bold creative, , , , , israel, lebanon, , , , , Waltz with Bashir, war, will kim   

    Waltz with Bashir: Cartoon documentary about Lebanese war is no caper 

    Waltz with Bashir is an animated documentary (trailer is here) telling the story of Israeli soldiers fighting the Lebanese War of 1982. Screened in competition at Cannes this year, it is being touted as the first feature-length animated documentary. The Times (of London) has called it “a voyage of discovery into Folman’s uncharted subconscious,” as it deals with the suppressed memories of those fighting in the war.

    Software is so lowering the cost of animation that the barriers to making it continue to fall. Using animation in documentary also allows you to portray things, like memories, that you can’t with ordinary footage, it also offers the opportunity to stage things the camera missed first time around. Will Kim’s In Search of the Colors (above right), for example, uses various hand-drawn and painterly animation to tell a story drawn from his own experiences at a home for people with developmental disabilities. While the work of east London’s Bold Creative uses animation to tell stories straight the mouths of British teenagers. They told me that this approach – recording the kids’ voices but animating their faces later – allows the kids to open up much more, not least because they know they are not on camera. We have seen some extraordinary comic books dealing with complex adult issues in recent years. It looks like their animated relatives are following suit.

     
    • Andrew C. Sailer 4:13 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Heyy, Found your blog on Google and I will definatley be recommending and coming back to the site! =)

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