Christopher G. Moore Updates: 5 September 2014

Dear Reader,

Both Henry Miller and George Orwell found inspiration in the streets and cafes of Paris. This week I have a look at some of the differences in perception and philosophy that divide the two writers.

Both authors continue to be read and their books remain in print. Both remain controversial. Their books have been banned and censored. That is a testament to any writer. It is evidence their literary work touched upon universal human values that persist through time. It is also evidence that the powerful have always monitored our reading choices. In most times and places, there is a unifying theme: What is not propaganda is a threat. Neither Orwell nor Miller wrote propaganda, and instead sought to explore the truth.

The truth telling is a dangerous business.

In the world of noir, the world is a shabby, corrupt place and the whip cracks on the backs of those who fail to make the required compromises. Most readers don’t think of either Miller or Orwell as noir writers. Orwell created dystopia worlds; Miller created neither dystopia nor utopian worlds. Henry Miller placed a literary magnifying glass over a sub-culture in Paris where hedonism, creativity, poverty, the arts and friendship bloomed.

Have a read of this week’s essay: http://cgmoore.com/blog/

Reading recommendation of the week: Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.

Best,
Christopher

   
 

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