George Orwell

A tribute

John Douglas Porter
Long. Sweet. Valuable.
2 min readMar 28, 2024

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In the essay “Benefit of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dali,” George Orwell writes one of the best opening passages I’ve ever read:

“Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.”

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John Douglas Porter
Long. Sweet. Valuable.

John Porter manages his family’s cattle ranch in California, where he also writes screenplays, essays, and stories.