George Orwell: What’s in a Name?

George Orwell, pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair, was born on 25 June 1903 in Motihari, Bengal (now Bihar), British India English novelist, essayist, and critic, his work is characterised by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, and strong opposition to totalitarianism. His most famous novels are “Animal Farm” a satire which allegorically depicts Stalin’s betrayal of… Read More George Orwell: What’s in a Name?

Pietro Aretino/1

Pietro Aretino was born on 20 April 1492, in Arezzo, Republic of Florence (Italy). He was a distinguished poet, prose writer and playwright, now recognized as the prototype of the professional author, able to gain fame and wealth through publication.His flatterers praised him as a “divine” writer, while his activity as a biting commentator on… Read More Pietro Aretino/1

Fantasy & Optimism

James Branch Cabell born on 14 April1879 was an American author of fantasy fiction Since his surname was often mispronounced, he composed this rhyme: “Tell the rabble my name is Cabell” to clear up pronunciation issues.His works were considered escapist: according to him truthfulness was “the one unpardonable sin, not merely against art, but against… Read More Fantasy & Optimism

Defoe and the Pillory

On 31 July 1703, Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) English novelist, pamphleteer, and journalist, author of “Robinson Crusoe” and “Moll Flanders”, was placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after penning the pamphlet “The Shortest Way with the Dissenters; Or, Proposals for the Establishment of the Church”. English Dissenters were a group of Protestants… Read More Defoe and the Pillory

Young William Pitt

William Pitt the Younger (1759 – 1806) was British Prime Minister during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars and helped to define and strengthen the office of the prime minister. He suffered an affliction typical of many people born into wealth and power: he was named after his father, so he was known as “William… Read More Young William Pitt

Woody Guthrie

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (1912 –1967) was one of the most significant figures in American folk music, who inspired several generations both politically and musically Growing up in a small town in Oklahoma, he heard church hymns, outlaw ballads, blues, fiddle tunes and popular music. As a boy, he had already proved himself a gifted street… Read More Woody Guthrie

Fake news

  Fake news  is an inaccurate, sometimes sensationalistic report created to gain attention, deceive or damage a reputation. It is published to look like authentic news and spread via traditional print and news media or social media. Unlike misinformation, which is inaccurate because a reporter has confused facts, fake news, which has no basis in… Read More Fake news