Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Books v. cigarettes
On Friday I learned that the Christmas he spent in jail was in fact spent in Bethnal Green Police Station.
I've never spent Christmas there, but I do recall taking toothbrushes and pyjamas to friends who, for whatever reason, felt that stealing money, thumping policemen and settling disputed games of Monopoly with a kitchen knife were the only options available.
I've learned that visitors to bookshops do not change.
In 1936 he wrote
"In a town like London there are always plenty of not quite certifiable lunatics walking the streets, and they tend to gravitate towards bookshops, because a bookshop is one of the few places where you can hang about for a long time without spending any money."
In 1946 he wrote
"The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent."
I propose to read more Orwell.