Always thinking in an approved language

Via Language Hat, a link to a long article by Arundhati Roy, the author of two novels: The God of Small Things (1997) and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017). The title of the article is appropriately long:

What is the Morally Appropriate Language in Which to Think and Write?

If a Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Love, and Truth were to send out directives in the form of FAQs or Q&A catechisms, it would be a fitting section heading. The A to this Q might well be, “the Morally Appropirate Language is that in which thoughtcrime is no longer possible.”

The article – which is actually Arundhati Roy’s Sebald lecture on literary translation – has nothing with this nonsense. It’s just unfortunately titled.

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