Carl Rottmann, Scylla and Charybdis. Photo. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

Rowing in the Vortex: the Endurance of George Orwell

The novel, 1984, is experiencing a resurgence in the wake of the scandalous language, and ideas emanating from Washington D.C. over the past few months. A democratic minded public has little patience with the idea of ‘alternate facts.’ … In recognition of the importance of this imaginative act, theaters across the country and the globe are choosing to provide free screenings of Michael Radford’s film version of ‘1984.’

How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez

Happy Birthday, Julia Alvarez!

Like many important authors, Alvarez is no stranger to controversy. Her two most famous books, ‘How the García Girls Lost Their Accents’ and ‘In the Time of Butterflies,’ have both faced multiple challenges. The former is most often challenged for sexuality, while the latter was once apparently challenged ‘because it was a considered a ‘security risk’ because one of the characters drew a diagram of a bomb.’