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Some great suggestions and comments. I can't wait to get started on Orwell. I was fondling the book this weekend at the bookstore, but I have to finish what I'm reading first. I love Animal Farm and his essay Politics and the English Language is a classic, quoted in journalism classes. The reason I want to read Orwell now is precisely because of the whole aspect of "truthiness" (Stephen Colbert's neologism) that seems rife in our political discourse and media, on the left and the right. But I've got Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" on my long list as well. Fairy tale, sci-fi, allegory, satire--it's all good.