January 29th, 2005

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"handfuls of dust and splinters of bone"

You may remember that The Prisoner is perhaps my favorite television series of all time (I have a list of some of my favorite quotes from the series here). Now Powys Media is publishing a new line of six novels set during the run of The Prisoner series. The first book, The Prisoner's Dilemma by Jonathan Blum and Rupert Booth, is available for pre-order. It's good to see such evidence of continued interest in the series more than thirty-five years after its original run.

(And for those of you who share my appreciation for actor John Castle, I would point out that he guest starred in The Prisoner episode "The General." You can see screencaps here.)

And now for my quote of the day. I have George Orwell on my mind, as I am teaching 1984 at present. This haunting passage reminds me of themes revisited in The Prisoner:

You will have to get used to living without results and without hope. You will work for a while, you will be caught, and then you will die. Those are the only results that you will ever see. There is no possibility that any perceptible change will happen within our own lifetime. We are dead. Our only true life is in the future. We shall take part it in as handfuls of dust and splinters of bone. But how far away that future may be, there is no knowing. It might be a thousand years. At present nothing is possible except to extend the area of sanity little by little. We cannot act collectively. We can only spread our knowledge outwards from individual to individual, generation to generation.

- George Orwell, 1984
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