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Notes from Malcolm Gladwell's Writing Masterclass | Hacker News
”There's a school of thought that runs something like this: the average US citizen isn't very bright, has a limited attention span, and has an appetite only for the superficial. So if you want to write a book about something you feel to be important, you have to sugar the pill - with lots and lots of sugar and make sure it's a very small pill indeed.

Hence the style "American-Folksy." In this genre the author leads the reader gently along by means of first-person narrative, tons of ...
literature  critique  writing 
february 2019 by hthief
George Orwell: Why I Write
Why I Write, the essay of George Orwell. First published: summer 1946 by/in Gangrel, GB, London
essay  writing  literature 
december 2018 by hthief
REVIEW OF 1984 By Isaac Asimov I
Asimov points out several interesting critiques on Orwell's writing, like his inability to forsee a more prescient future, his overly focus on Stalinistic Russia and the book impact in the conservative fear of "big government"

##### choice quotes:
- "[...]Orwell had no feel for the future,
and the displacement of the story is much more geographical than temporal.

- The London [...] it is moved a thousand miles
east in space to Moscow." "[...]This is not science fiction, but a distorted nostalgia for a past that
never was.[...]
literature  books  orwell  isaac-asimov  critique 
august 2015 by hthief

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