This post’s title doesn’t mean Orwell is great than Didion, rather Didion stole from Orwell and did so shamelessly—
Of course I stole the title for this talk, from George Orwell. One reason I stole it was that I like the sound of the words: Why I Write. There you have three short unambiguous words that share a sound, and the sound they share is this:
In many ways writing is the act of saying I, of imposing oneself upon other people, of saying listen to me, see it my way, change your mind. It’s an aggressive, even hostile act.
Didion inspires just about everything I do when it comes to words and thinking about words. And then I stole the name of my radio show from Didion’s first novel. I hope she doesn’t mind.