From The Guardian:
American writer Sandra Newman’s novel Julia will tell the dystopian story from the perspective of Winston Smith’s lover
Tue 7 Dec 2021 04.00 EST
The estate of George Orwell has approved a feminist retelling of Nineteen Eighty-Four, which reimagines the story from the perspective of Winston Smith’s lover Julia. …
In Julia by Sandra Newman, the incidents of Nineteen Eighty-Four are seen through the woman’s eyes. “It was the man from Records who began it, him all unknowing in his prim, grim way, his above-it-all oldthink way. He was the one Syme called ‘Old Misery’,” writes Newman. “Comrade Smith was his right name, though ‘Comrade’ never suited him somehow. Of course, if you felt foolish calling someone ‘Comrade’, far better not to speak to them at all.”
… “She has known no other world and, until she meets Winston, never imagined one. She’s opportunistic, believing in nothing and caring not at all about politics. She routinely breaks the rules but also collaborates with the regime whenever necessary. She’s an ideal citizen of Oceania,” said Granta. …
I was going to make fun of this. But on second thought, it sounds like it might turn out okay.
We live in an era of diminished creativity when 20th Century intellectual property (e.g., Spider-Man) is all the rage. On the other hand, the cultural conservatism of our time has its advantages. And in the Current Year, what better to spin off from than 1984?
Julia will be published after Granta releases Newman’s new novel The Men – in which every single person with a Y chromosome vanishes from the world – next June. It is the latest in a series of feminist retellings of classic stories, from Natalie Haynes’s reimagining of the Trojan war A Thousand Ships, and Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls, a version of the Iliad from the perspective of Briseis, to Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet, which centres on the life of Shakespeare’s wife, and Jeet Thayil’s Names of the Women, which tells the stories of 15 women whose lives overlapped with Jesus.
Homer, Shakespeare, and the Evangelists …
I’m cool with that.
While this hasn’t yet proven as galvanizing as past appeals for a new dishwasher and a new garage door, I need to raise enough money during this December iSteve fundraiser to allow me to get cataract surgery on my eyes in 2022.
I don’t do much other than trawl through the Internet looking for Content for you, but my 43″ monitor is the biggest I can fit in my closet, so I really need better eyesight to keep doing what I’m doing for you.
Thanks to everybody who has contributed so far to the current triennial iSteve fundraiser. For those who haven’t yet, here are eight ways for you to contribute to the December fundraiser:
First: Most banks now allow fee-free money transfers via Zelle.
Zelle is really a good system: easy to use and the fees are nonexistent.
If you have a Wells Fargo bank account, you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Wells Fargo SurePay/Zelle. Just tell WF SurePay/Zelle to send the money to my ancient AOL email address steveslrAT aol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). (Non-tax deductible.) Please note, there is no 2.9% fee like with Paypal or Google Wallet, so this is good for large contributions.
Zelle contributions are not tax deductible.
Second: if you have a Chase bank account (or even other bank accounts), you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Chase QuickPay/Zelle (FAQ). Just tell Chase QuickPay/Zelle to send the money to my ancient AOL email address (steveslrATaol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). If Chase asks for the name on my account, it’s StevenSailer with an n at the end of Steven. (Non-tax deductible.) There is no 2.9% fee like with Paypal or Google Wallet, so this is also good for large contributions.
Fourth: You can use Paypal (non-tax deductible) by going to the page on my old blog here. Paypal accepts most credit cards. Contributions can be either one-time only, monthly, or annual. (Monthly is nice.)
Fifth: You can mail a non-tax deductible donation to:
P.O Box 4142
Valley Village, CA 91617
Sixth: You can make a tax deductible contribution via VDARE by clicking here.
Please don’t forget to click my name at the VDARE site so the money goes to me: first, click on “Earmark your donation,” then click on “Steve Sailer:”
This is not to say that you shouldn’t click on John’s fund too, but, please, make sure there’s a blue dot next to my name.
VDARE has been kiboshed from use of Paypal for being, I dunno, EVIL. But you can give via credit cards, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, check, money order, or stock.
Note: the VDARE site goes up and down on its own schedule, so if this link stops working, please let me know.
Seventh: send money via the Paypal-like Google Wallet to my Gmail address (that’s isteveslrATgmail .com — replace the AT with a @). (Non-tax deductible.)
Eight: You can send me Bitcoin. Bitcoin payments are not tax deductible.
Here’s my Bitcoin address:
Here’s the OCR
Please let me know if this works, ideally by sending me Bitcoin. Or let me know what else you’d like to send me.
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Obsolete: Below are links to two Coinbase pages of mine. But these don’t work anymore. I will try to fix them. This first is if you want to enter a U.S. dollar-denominated amount to pay me.
This second is if you want to enter a Bitcoin-denominated amount. (Remember one Bitcoin is currently worth many U.S. dollars.)
▲▼Ninth: I added Square [which is now Block] as a fundraising medium, although I’m vague on how it works. If you want to use Square, send me an email telling me how much to send you an invoice for. Or, if you know an easier way for us to use Square, please let me know.