"At any rate, spring is here, even in London N.1, and they can't stop you from enjoying it. This is a satisfying reflection. How many a time have I stood watching the toads mating, or a pair of hares having a boxing match in the young corn, and thought of all the important persons who would stop me enjoying this if they could. But luckily they can't ... spring is still spring. The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun, and neither the dictators nor the bureaucrates, deeply as they disapprove of the process, are able to prevent it."
-- George Orwell, Some Thoughts on the Common Toad
Apr 24, 2010
By Daniel Silliman at 11:37 AM