I am doing Meredith Lewis creative challenge and today’s creative prompt is “Who’s Future Am I Living?”
I don’t know where I am.
I look around me and I see a room.
There is so much light.
I look around and see a chair, a cat quietly dozing on a lounge. Books, lots of books.
Where am I?
There’s an immense black glass plate that is sitting on a low chest of drawers. I open the drawers and peer inside.
I’ve no idea what these black heavy square contraptions are. They have blinking lights. I think they may be large clocks? They seem to be connected to the electricity? There’s a lot of wires, cables and dust.
There’s three of these contraptions. Why would anyone need three clocks?
Where am I? What IS this place?
Last I remembered I was in hospital. I was feeling poorly. We were supposed to go to the Swiss Alps but I wasn’t feeling well and admitted into hospital. Such a pity, it would have been wonderful to visit the alps in December. Pottsy would have been disappointed in me. He was the one who organised the trip. Oh well…
Now I’m here. Where’s here?
I look at the books on the shelf and scan the spines. There are books from authors many of whom I have not heard of before.
Oh hello, there’s some of Graham Greene’s novels. Pfft. What a joker. Too much Catholic hoo hah for my liking.
Hello, what are these?
These are all my books! They’re all here!
Homage to Catalonia, Down and Out, Animal Farm….
Why aren’t they in any order? Who is the heathen who owns my books and doesn’t stack them in order?
I pick up a yellow book. Why is the quality of its book cover so bad? It’s soft!
Now, let’s take a look and see what it says.
“Why Orwell Matters by Christopher Hitchens.”
Who’s this now? Hitchens. I haven’t heard of him.
“In this widely acclaimed biographical essay, Christopher Hitchens assesses the life, the achievements, and the myth of the great political writer and participant George Orwell. In true emulative and contrarian style, Hitchens is both admiring and aggressive, sympathetic yet critical, taking true measure of his subject as hero and problem. Answering both the detractors and the false claimants, Hitchens tears down the facade of sainthood erected by the hagiographers and rebuts the critics point by point. He examines Orwell and his perspectives on fascism, empire, feminism, and Englishness, as well as his outlook on America, a country and culture towards which he exhibited much ambivalence. Whether thinking about empires or dictators, race or class, nationalism or popular culture, Orwell’s moral outlook remains indispensable in a world that has undergone vast changes in the fifty years since his death. Combining the best of Hitchens’s polemical punch and intellectual elegance in a tightly woven and subtle argument, this book addresses not only why Orwell matters today, but how he will continue to matter in a future, uncertain world.Christopher Hitchens, one of the most incisive minds of our own age, meets Orwell on the page in this provocative encounter of wit, contention and moral truth.”
50 years since my death?
What HELL IS THIS?
WHERE AM I?
WHAT YEAR IS THIS?