1984 Hits Broadway: Critical Linking, June 19, 2017

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Ignorance is Strength, War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Big Brother is Watching: 1984 has come to Broadway. George Orwell’s dystopian novel tells the story of a man who works at the Ministry of Truth creating fake news for a totalitarian regime. The stage adaptation opens in New York on Friday.

Not an easy evening on Broadway indeed.

Ellen G.K. Rubin never saw a pop-up book as she was growing up, so when she bought two for her young sons in the 1980s, she was amazed. “I was blown away, probably much more than they were,” she says. Those two books—one about dinosaurs, another about vehicles—set off an obsession. Today she has a collection of some 9,000 books, as well as countless postcards and advertisements, that pop up or move in some way—hence her nickname, “The Popuplady.”

I volunteer as librarian to this collection, and acknowledge that I will ruin it by playing with all the books.

Glenn Close is set to star in Amazon’s latest TV pilot, Sea Oak, about a bitter woman who comes back from the dead to seize power, seek revenge, and get the life she never had. We whole-heartedly approve of every single part of this.

George Saunders’ half-hour comedy was picked up by Amazon in March, based on his short story. It’s described as a sort-of zombie family revenge dramedy about an unmarried woman named Aunt Bernie (Close) who’s killed during a home invasion at her Rust Belt-subsidized housing complex.

Officially sold on this series.