September 1, 1938

Fine & fairly warm.

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26 Responses to September 1, 1938

  1. As opposed to coarse & unfairly warm, I suppose.

  2. coljac says:

    Orwell is a hero of mine, but when does this get interesting, and wouldn’t that have been a better day to launch the project?

  3. Slim Daniels says:

    He would have had more to blog about if he had Youtube and XD

    Ahh the days when the only BS in your life was the weather and not the FBI.

  4. I view entries such as this one as pointers directing George to a particular segment of info in his brain’s database; to record a mood, for example; for later use, perhaps. The address of a cache of sensory data which may or may not remain unnoticed forever.

    Could it be that, unlike NASCAR, wormholes have their boring interludes? No. But it’s still kind of cool to go back in time, even if it is just to check out the weather.

  5. lizbeth says:

    I don’t think of Orwell as particularly interested in nature except for the weather (dull and awful mostly in his work as I remember it) — I don’t even think Animal Farm is all that filled with farm lore (I might be wrong). Mainly, Orwell wrote about cities anyway. The diaries here seem some idyllic throwback to his Edwardian and aristocratic past, more like Chandler’s early poetry. I am looking forward to the diaries when WWII starts to loom but otherwise would not be hanging in there. There are tons of writers who write about apples and such (and better), Orwell is merely interesting (a bit) writing about this stuff given what else he wrote.

  6. I used to think “Slow news day” when there was a newspaper cutting about fruit preservation. Now that seems like a distant exciting memory.

  7. Ignore such carping! I, for one, believe that these somewhat slow (oh, all right, yawn-producing) entries are craftily setting us up for the political goodies to come. Wait for it…wait for it…

  8. James Mackay says:

    The Orson Wells “War of the Worlds” broadcast wouldn’t have worked so well if they’d just gone straight into the invasion. You need a sense of calm normality to build up before it can be shattered.

  9. Hitchcockian, even.

  10. old.frt says:

    Rewards come to those with patience.

  11. Geno Z Heinlein says:

    > Ignore such carping!

    Ditto. There are plenty of us out here who are fascinated by the development of Orwell’s thinking and the intimacies of his life, and we want to see the entire process.

    Of course, maybe some folks are here for the movie: “In a world governed by fascists, one man stands alone… Jean-Claude Van Damme IS George Orwell!” — “This time it’s Animal.” — “In Room 101, no one can hear you scream.” — “THIS! IS! OCEANIA!!!” — “Doubleplussummerfun!”, David Manning, Ridgefield Press

    Just keep doing what you’ve been doing, I like the journals.

  12. L. says:

    I love these entries. Gives a sense of his day-to-day life. All of us have slow moments. The natural history itself is interesting–a very different place and time than mine–and they make his moment concrete for me. Finally, these entries shed an entirely new perspective on his character; who would have thought the same person who wrote Animal Farm was actually interested in farming?

  13. Dominic says:

    An artichoke is enjoyed one leaf at a time.

    I wonder if Orwell had any in his garden?

  14. Fearless Frank says:

    Don’t think Orwell had a particularly aristocratic past (the Eton bit was a blip in family history). More Gordon Comstock, I think.

    I’m not expecting the diaries to become awash with political insights etc – they weren’t written for publication, and Eric had plenty of published outlets available at this time.

  15. bart says:

    The blurb says that the political diary starts on the 8th. That’s when it will get interesting.

  16. wanchanken says:

    It seems that we’re all waiting. I’ve got the popcorns already. So…
    When is he going to stop talking about the weather and snakes?

  17. Alistair says:

    At least he was having a better summer than we are.

  18. This project is amazing! Those frustrated must remember that this is a personal diary and not a novel. His writing intentions are very different from published pieces and the value is on a glimpse on his personal life, his curiosity and the progress of ideas and events. The fact that we read it day by day only enhances the true temporality of his daily and very practical musings.

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  20. @rosemary: “Stay on target!” :D

    @James and Jameson: Definitely. Rod Serling would have been proud.

  21. Chris says:

    I’m just impressed he writes something everyday

  22. Gloria says:

    Eric darling,

    Just found your diary! Isn’t this new technology wonderful? So glad you’re feeling better. When you are well again, you must promise to visit.

    Frank gives his best. I told him to tell you himself, but you know what a “stick in the mud” he is!


  23. NIK says:

    OK, not the best day but still an amazing blog, I do love the idea!

  24. George~~

    Do you drive and/or ride in environment-friendly vehicles?

    If not: Thanks.

  25. Conner says:

    This is amazing.

  26. nicholas says:

    I love this entry. Orwell was a great writer and this is a great entry. I fully admit that I am interested in this – and that is what part of you want.

    I have not read the majority of the other responses above mine – apologies for any adverse situations that this may have caused, including, but not limited to, the other responses.

    His name was Eric Arthur Blair (unless I am wrong)

    and once in my class, everybody spent all of the class time just sort of saying that George Orwell was great – and how George Orwell was the best and everyone agreed that it was really well done;
    so the teacher reads the class an excerpt from Orwell’s diary around the time of Wigan Pier was happening and shows that this one great image – or part of the book that everyone loved – and he showed that he had moved people and events around in order to construct the great image of the book –

    and every one in the class got all mad at George Orwell. Like, the were all, man … George Orwell lied to us man. That is bull s88t! And the teacher is surprised at the strength of the degree of change so quickly – because in this case what he wrote that “was the best metaphor for the novel” because it wasn’t “true”.

    Prose worthy of the Guardian if you ask me.

    I loved Keep the Aspidistra Flying. I am looking forward to the time around then. It is less obtrusive in this connotation.

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