Ahhh, Orwell. I think he is perhaps my favorite writer. Beyond "1984" and "Animal Farm" his best works are certainly his essays. A new collection has just re-published classics like "Shooting an Elephant" and "A Hanging." If you have the time by all means at least read these two fantastic essays. After the long election season we now fade into the holidays and our cultural amnesia sets in. The collective memory fades into the dark months of winter leaving an empty void. Who was elected? What was that about? Change? George W. who? Economy, stupid? Huh? Whadidyasay?