On the Shelf
Kafkaesque Toilet Paper, and Other News
August 15, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
Kafka cameos in a Charmin toilet paper commercial; one of those incontinent bears is a fan, apparently.
“But if the sort of world that I am afraid of arrives, a world of two or three great superstates which are unable to conquer one another, two and two could become five if the Führer wished it. That, so far as I can see, is the direction in which we are actually moving, though, of course, the process is reversible.” In a 1944 letter, George Orwell explains his reasons for writing 1984.
The literally question is, in fact, more complicated than it seems; its misuse (this is known as a contronym) has been going on for centuries.
Pioneering Swedish crime writer Maj Sjöwall says contemporary Scandinavian thrillers are are “not about police work and crime, but very much about love and relationships—like girls’ books.”