Why We Write: Author’s 100th SDJW Story

By Oliver B. Pollak Oliver Pollak RICHMOND, California — My January 7, 2021 story, “Historians Will Grapple With Events of January 6, 2021,” was my 99th SDJW story. This is my 100th. My first story, “Jewish Tourists in Southeast Asia,” appeared in November 2017. “Why I Write” is a 1947 essay by George Orwell (1903-1950), a pseudonym for Eric Blair. In the mid-1960s I consumed his prose. Orwell, born the same year as my father, died of tuberculosis the day my sister was born – both in London. Orwell wrote with precision, “Good prose is like a window pane.” He described four motivations for writ…

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