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The One Book You Shouldn’t Carry In Thailand

Apparently, it’s a bad idea to read 1984 in Thailand.

If you’re heading to Bangkok, leave your George Orwell at home.

An in-flight magazine for the Philippines Airlines recently published its 5 tips for traveling to Thailand. The article says, “Despite being under military control, Thailand is very safe for tourists. If you want to blend in, try these for good measure.”

In addition to offering advice about passports and selfies with soldiers, the magazine says, “Don’t carry George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984. You don’t want to be mistaken for an ‘anti-coup protestor.” Read more

Famous First Sentences Diagrammed

I must admit that I’m a bit of a grammar nerd…with one exception.

I loathe diagramming sentences. I think I missed that part of middle school English. Just the thought of diagramming sentences makes my eyes glaze over.

I get it. I understand the point. I just don’t enjoy the thought of doing them. In fact, I don’t even enjoy looking at the diagrams that someone else has done.

That is, unless you show me the diagrams of opening sentences from famous novels. Now that’s kind of interesting. Maybe just a little bit.

And the cool folks at Pop Chart Lab decided to take on that assignment and created an infographic that diagram 25 famous opening sentences.

A few of my favorites:

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Why 1984 Almost Didn’t Happen

Though I won’t be revisiting George Orwell anymore in this project, I thought this piece of information was worth sharing.

Orwell’s 1984 nearly didn’t happen.

While on a camping trip in Scotland, Orwell took a small motor boat out with his son, niece and nephew. The boat got caught up in the tide and flipped. The group didn’t have on life jackets and were taken in by a whirlpool.

Orwell’s son, Richard, described the incident:

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7 Political Novels That Aren’t Stupid (Like Politicians)

All The King’s Men is said by many critics to be the greatest political novel of all time.

I don’t know about that, but it is a really freakin’ good book. And since I thought I hadn’t tackled that many true political novels as part of reading the Time list, I started wondering what else is out there.

Here’s what I found–and well, it turns out, I have read a few political novels:

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When Office Space Meets 1984

If you’ve watched Office Space, or The Office for that matter, and read 1984, then you’ll hopefully follow this post.

This passage from Snow Crash is what happens if Big Brother invaded Initech. What we have here is a memo that the federal government sent to its employees–one of whom is the mother of a main character (Y.T.). I know it’s long, but stick with it.

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One Question For 10 Famous Authors

Today’s post is kind of like my 20 Questions series, but with more of a specific focus.

If you could ask a famous author one question, what would you ask him or her? It’s that simple.

To get things rolling, I’ll start with questions I would ask to 10 famous authors (either dead or alive):

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What Classic Novels Were Almost Called

Mental Floss—a stellar website if you’ve never been, by the way—recently listed what some famous classic novels were almost called.

I found the list fascinating—it’s a literary “what might have been,” and it makes me wonder how the fate of these books might have changed if the original title had stuck.

Some examples:

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