Category: Social Commentary

On “Homage to Catalonia”

On “Homage to Catalonia”

If it feels that history is in a loop…


Of course 1984 is the more popular work. Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia is just as powerful a story with the veils of fiction stripped away. The work may not be widely recognized today by those outside of academic literary criticism, but for me it remains a work that in many ways acknowledges and celebrates life and fear, strength and weaknesses, the balances of light and darkness of the human soul.

Maybe it is because Barcelona has been on my mind.

Events during the last few weeks typically bring me back to the human condition and element. It was, perhaps, the needless bloodshed of innocent life during the Barcelona attacks in August that brought the book to the forefront again. Barcelona, where Orwell seems to find himself with internal conflict over the equality [of men]. Yes, the central elements are different from the purpose of the terrorism attacks, but the location is the same and that is what made me think of Homage to Catalonia.

The revolutionary within Orwell is the protagonist that this reflective piece needs and deserves. It’s also the one that we need and deserve today.

(This is part of The Daily Prompt challenge: homage)

NPR’s @samsanders breaks it down

NPR’s @samsanders breaks it down

If you listen to NPR podcasts, Sam Sanders’ voice and perspective are not a surprise. He delivers honest opinions, perspectives, and challenges for deeper, more meaningful answers. But this week might surprise you –  that is, if you haven’t been listening to him for a while.

On the August 14th It’s Been a Minute With Sam Sanders podcast, Sam and his guests tackle an all-too-common problem with discussing racial tensions and hate crimes…by talking only to white people about Charlottesville. Yes, you read that right.

Why you want to listen:

  • You consider yourself a white ally
  • You are a person of color and are tired of having to explain your position to others
  • You aren’t sure how to unload your feelings and thoughts

Why you don’t want to listen:

  • You consider yourself a white ally who already knows everything about people of color
  • You are looking to share your experiences as an oppressed white person
  • You have nothing else to learn about race relations and U.S. history

On second thought, those are all reasons you should listen to this podcast.

By far one of the best podcasts I’ve heard all year. It’s Been a Minute With Sam Sanders: Charlottesville and White People