quinta-feira, 23 de setembro de 2010

'- Do you think that is quite fair to appropiate the apples?
- What, keep all the apples for themselves?
- Aren't we to have any?
- I thought they were going to be shared out equally.'

The significance os these lines was lost on the BBC producer, Rayner Heppenstall, who cut them out. As Orwell did not revise Animal Farm, it is beyond an editor's remit to add them to the book, but they do highlight what Orwell told Geoffrey Gorer was the 'key passage' of Animal Farm.

quarta-feira, 22 de setembro de 2010

A few days later, when the terror caused by the executions had died down, some of the animals remembered – or thought they remembered – that the Sixth Commandment decreed: 'No animal shall kill any other animal'. And though no one cared to mention it in the hearing of the pigs or dogs, it was felt that the killings which had taken place did not square with this. Clover asked Benjamin to read her the Sixth Commandment, and when Benjamin, as usual, said that he refused to meddle in such matters, she fetched Muriel. Muriel read the Commandment for her. It ran: 'No animal shall kill any other animal without cause'. Somehow or other the last two words had slipped out of the animals' memory. But they saw now that the Commandment had not been violated; for clearly there was a good reason for killing the traitors who leagued themselves with Snowball.

Alguns dias mais tarde, quando o terror causado pelas execuções desvaneceu-se, alguns dos animais lembraram-se - ou pensaram que se lembrarm - que o Sexto Mandamento decretava "Nenhum animal matará outro animal". E embora ninguém se tenha incomodado em mencioná-lo durante a audiência dos porcos e dos cães, sentiu-se que as execuções não batiam certo com este sentimento. Clover pediu ao Benjamin que lhe lesse o Sexto Mandamento, e quando Benjamin, como de costume, disse que recusava meter-se nesses assuntos, procurou a Muriel. Muriel leu o Mandamento para si mesma. Era assim: "Nenhum animal matará outro animal, sem uma razão". De uma forma ou de outra, as últimas palavras escaparam-se da memória dos animais. Mas eles viam agora que o Mandamento não tinha sido violado; porque claramente havia uma boa razão para matar os traidores que se tinham envolvido com o Snowball.

segunda-feira, 20 de setembro de 2010

None of this convinced the author of the article or other commenters. The general conviction was that Williams had not acted decisively for conservative causes, especially regarding sexuality, and therefore that anything he said or wrote that savored of theological orthodoxy amounted to protective coloration at best and outright deceit at worst. In their minds, he was the enemy of orthodoxy and therefore their enemy, and could be granted the benefit of no doubt. (Never mind that on liberal Anglican blogs he was simultaneously being condemned for having sold out to the forces of right-wing reaction. And never mind what Jesus said about loving your enemies, even assuming that Williams really is an “enemy.”) They believed that Williams was wrong and had to be resisted by all available means, tarred by any brush at hand. My response to this attitude is summed up perfectly in Archbishop Sentamu’s lament about a “general disregard for the truth.”

sexta-feira, 3 de setembro de 2010

Receiving department, 3 a.m.
Staff cuts have socked up the overage
Directives are posted
No callbacks, complaints
Everywhere is calm

Hong Kong is present
Taipei awakes
All talk of circadian rhythm

I see today with a newsprint fray
My night is colored headache grey
Daysleeper, daysleeper, daysleeper

The bull and the bear are marking
Their territories
They're leading the blind with
Their international glories

I'm the screen, the blinding light
I'm the screen, I work at night

I see today with a newsprint fray
My night is colored headache grey
Don't wake me with so much

They cried the other night
I can't even say why
Fluorescent flat caffeine lights
Its furious balancing

I'm the screen, the blinding light
I'm the screen, I work at night

I see today with a newsprint fray
My night is colored headache grey
Don't wake me with so much
Don't wake me with so much. The
Ocean machine is set to 9
I'll squeeze into heaven and valentine
My bed is pulling me,
Daysleeper, daysleeper
Daysleeper, daysleeper, daysleeper