Dear Washington Post: Costco Carrying Orwell's '1984' Is Not A F**king Joke

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Authored by James Holbrooks via,

“Next time you’re at Costco, you can pick up a jumbo bag of Cheetos and a copy of ‘1984.’ Doubleplus good!”

That’s how the Washington Post opened its quick little entry on Wednesday. Continuing, Ron Charles, editor of Book World for the Post, wrote:

“The discount store is now stocking Orwell’s classic novel along with its usual selection of current bestsellers.”

If the significance of the fact that a dystopian masterwork can now be purchased alongside a three-ton bag of cheese puffs instantly strikes you, it should. Strangely, though, Charles and the Post don’t seem to see it.

In fact, it seemed to be a joke to them. The entry closed in the manner it opened. With humor:

“Appropriately, Costco is offering a reprint of the 2003 edition of ‘1984,’ which has a forward by Thomas Pynchon. That reclusive satirist must love the idea of hawking Orwell’s dystopian novel alongside towers of discounted toilet paper and radial tires. SHOPPING IS SAVING.”

In the one and only instance Charles even approached something that could be considered commentary, he linked the surge in the book’s sales to “alternative” news items:

“Last month, amid talk of ‘alternative facts’ from the Trump administration, Signet Classics announced that it had reprinted 500,000 copies, about twice the novel’s total sales in 2016.”

Note Charles was certain to use the word “alternative” when mentioning Trump. Why? Very clearly, “fake news” is the man’s go-to phrase when speaking of the media. So why go with “alternative” instead? Hell, the Post itself was the driving force behind the “fake news” frenzy in the first place.

I could go on about how this is the Washington Post, corporate media juggernaut, attempting, rather pathetically, to poison the notion of “alternative” in the minds of its readers — or, I should say, what’s left of them — but that’s not really what this is about.

What it’s really about is journalism. The fact that “1984” is being sold at Costco, the fact that demand for the classic tale has skyrocketed, is significant. It’s societal. And journalists are supposed to write about things like that.

And what does the Post do? They make a joke of it.

This is an organization that, as recently as January, has been busted publishing false news stories. You would think that with its credibility among a growing division of society hanging on by a thread — at best — the Post would turn an event like this into social commentary. This was an opportunity to speak about a changing world.

But instead, the Post went for laughs.

Let it sink in, friends. George Orwell’s “1984,” a dystopian tale about a society being crushed under the boot of authoritarian regime,  is, once again, flying off bookshelves. To the extent that you can now get it at Costco. Let the significance of that truly dig in deep.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post is talking about Cheetos and toilet paper.

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LetThemEatRand's picture

It is truly Orwellian that the sheep only take interest in Orwell when someone challenges Big Brother.  If I had a Facebook account, I'd post this article straight away.

macholatte's picture


Washington Post: Stretching the truth like it’s a rubber band.

WaPo taking money for propaganda from both the CIA and Russia for at least 10 years.

Watch Woodward lying so bad he can’t keep a straight face 3:40

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) macholatte Mar 10, 2017 10:27 PM

Looks like WP has nothing better to write about.

Manthong's picture

Since I have already burned through 5 popcorn poppers in the last 9 months I think I will switch to tons of cheese puffs.

This coming Soros Summer of Socialist Insanity will require copious amounts of munchies.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

A little bit too late. At least 4 years ...

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Luc X. Ifer Mar 10, 2017 11:56 PM

Well, after all the shit is going down, White House is definitely in distress. Trump gets a taste of his own medicine as he's grabbed by the pussy from all intelligence agencies directions.

And Spicer just proved it today:

White House in Distress? Sean Spicer’s Upside Down Flag Pin Unleashes Twitter Frenzy

Dyler_Turden's picture

How long will take Trump to figure it out and clean CIA, NSA, FBI, etc ?

Twee Surgeon's picture

I told my old lady that 1984 was flying off the shelves at Cosco (She used to work there.)

I told her people are Waking up, she said "No ! They want to live that way !" They are reading it as a book of tips to get ahead in the brave new world.

I hope she's wrong but she keeps being right. If you think the people of WalMart are scary, wait till you meet the Cosco membership shopping elite with jobs.

The ignorance and arrogance overflows among the bulk buying statists.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Read 'Little Heroes' by Norman Spinrad. It's like the dude had a trip to the future which is our present, a completly broken society dominated by corporations exploiting the masses of hedonist mindless snowflakes. In my humble oppinion perfect companion to Orwell's 84. 


  • In the future the class divide between capitalist and worker will have widened to become a virtually unbridgeable chasm. In HG Wells' The Time Machine (1895) this division has become so extreme that humanity had split into two species.

  • The way to keep the underclass under control is to feed them mass-produced pseudo-culture. If - as in Orwell's 1984 (1949) - the technocratic ruling class can get some kind of computer or machine to generate this product, so much the better.

  • In the future, 20th century entertainment forms like TV and movies will have been superseded by more direct experiences that, ideally, feed directly into the brain or, at least - as with the 'feelies' in Huxley's Brave New World (1932) - stimulate more senses than simply the visual and auditory.

And now, here's a book that uses all these themes in one hit, and builds on these classic foundations by adding rock & roll to the mix.

Set in the early years of the 21st century, it shows us an America decimated by devaluation, where unemployment is commonplace and rock music is firmly in the grip of accountants and electro-nerds producing synthesized superstars to keep the proles contented.


Latina Lover's picture

Washington Post = CIA produced fake news.

Prolefeed's picture

Washington Post = Prolefeed. 

Wait a moment......... WTF

DogSlime's picture

Don't forget Fahrenheit 451.  Stick Soylent Green in there too.

A. Boaty's picture

To get ahead in the brave new world, I would prefer to read "Brave New World."

tip e. canoe's picture

she might be right, but if they have kids and the book is in the house and the kids read it, those kids will form their own opinions outside of their parents (as kids are known to do).    ask her to consider this on a longer timeline.

Killdo's picture

or they could be just buying the book as a talisman. 

As they did with that Steve Jobs biography. 

Most of my American friends bought it but nobody I know had actually read it until I told them they had to because it's the best description of an extreme psychopath I have ver seen. 

I never bought the book but I read it once on a holliday in Greece (there was nothing else to read) -I was looking for maybe some insights on minimalist design etc  - but was shocked to see what kind of an extreme psychopath (probably the craziest asshole I have ever read about) Steve Jobs was. 

That book inspired me to read about 10 books on psychopaths - I realized how important it is to spot pschopaths and to prevent them from doing damage. 

Meanwhile all my American friends who actually bought the book (because to them SJ was like a god - because he was so rich ) just kept their books in prominent places for their other friends to see (as a talisman)

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Agree, the 'mein kampf' of the antisocial psychopaty corporatist cult. 

tip e. canoe's picture

a little bit longer than it will take Tylers to clear out all the "$7k/month" spammers?

Anteater's picture

"It's going to be really cheap. And so easy!"  DJT

I believe he was actually code-talking to the Chosen, describing the cost of Labor sans healthcare,

after Congress invokes National Right to Work legislation and the 35 hour, no benefits, work week.

Yes, folks, National Right to Work, 35 hour minimum wage, and UNLIMITED 'legal' H-1Bs / H-2Bs.

flicker life's picture
flicker life (not verified) Anteater Mar 11, 2017 7:04 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Likstane's picture

Munching ass on a webcam is no way to make a living, son.

True Blue's picture

Show some empathy; they's called 'ghetto shrimps' and millions of people spending your money on their EBT cards depend on them for basic sustenance...

Bay of Pigs's picture

I do have a FB account and I will post it for you. Don't expect any great comments or likes though. FB is a wasteland for critical thinking skills.

cbxer55's picture

Which is exactly why I gave up my Fakebook account. Before too much exposure turned me into a Failbook zombie.

Koba the Dread's picture

Much like the ZH comment section.

Ultra's picture

Solely due to the useful idiot trolls like yourself....

Killdo's picture

I don't remember anyone talking about it when Snowden leaked those documents (basically a modus operandi of a Big Brother)

peddling-fiction's picture

Please read Philip K. Dick's most recent works for a more accurate description of our dystopian reality.

RIP Philip.

LetThemEatRand's picture

"Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then."  P.K.D.


Row Well Number 41's picture

Once they notice you, Jason realized, they never completely close the file. You can never get back your anonymity. It is vital not to be noticed in the first place.
    -- Philip K Dick

peddling-fiction's picture

They noticed me. Boy o boy.

I will share some links for reading.

Philip also is MK all the way, as were his wives.

Timothy Leary stuff.

TPTB are disabling my paste functions on my tablet. <-- Phildickean tactic

Search for "Philip K. Dick" and for more info.

PodissNM's picture

“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.”

P.K.D., How To Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later

macholatte's picture




Political Correctness
It’s not about manners
    It’s not about being considerate of others
        It’s not about being polite

It’s a tool to incite mob psychology to get you to conform with automatic obedience and blind compliance with propaganda
It’s about controlling your life
It’s about tyranny

Vageling's picture

Political correctness (the creation of a 'common mind') is a Soviet concept: 'Political correctness' means the exact reverse of what it says: it means that lies, or an 'imposed truth', supplant the objective truth. 

The issues which preoccupy people are those imposed upon their controlled and easily manipulated mind by 'political correctness'. It's a method of public influence to steer the public opinion. 

Killdo's picture

and I only see that done in Anglo-Saxon countries

tip e. canoe's picture

check out Eric Weinstein's article on Russell Conjugations.
it unpacks PKD's hypothesis a little bit more.

Ms No's picture

I have been trying to get through the Exegesis of Philip K Dick for 35 years.  Damn thing is five inches thick.  Damn, he was brilliant though.  I'll let you know if I ever get through it.  I should have started with Valis.

AlaricBalth's picture

Philip was spot on decades before the advent of the CIA's infestation of cell phones and other electronic devices.

"There will come a time when it isn't 'They're spying on me through my phone' anymore. Eventually, it will be 'My phone is spying on me'."
Philip K. Dick

SubjectivObject's picture

Good dupes arn't bad, though.

flaminratzazz's picture

The years passed, mankind became stupider at a frightening rate. Some had high hopes the genetic engineering would correct this trend in evolution, but sadly the greatest minds and resources where focused on conquering hair loss and prolonging erections.

Welcome to Costco, I love you. Welcome to Costco, I love you. Welcome to Costco, I love you. Welcome to Costco, I love you.

I went to law school there

aloha_snakbar's picture

I got my cardiovascular surgeon training at Sams the parking lot...

Giant Meteor's picture

Its, Its like, you were reading my mind. Irony of ironies, the Costco (stage prop for Idiocracy) selling reprints of Orwells cult classic, 1984. Welcome to Costc0, Big Brother Loves You.

Jesus, good thing I gave up the drink all those years ago .. 

Ms No's picture

You probably shouldn't have given up drinking.  Very poor timing for that.  I'll just assume your smoking the reef or doing shroom or something.  Don't be sober for this friend.

Giant Meteor's picture

LMAO, thanks for that ..

I get high in the Rockey mountains ..

Rocky Mountain High ..


Kprime's picture

love the red couch section

Killdo's picture

I find Costco better than most other stores. 

You can buy Pasture-raised eggs for less than half the price at Whole Foods

The same goes for organic coffee, grass-fed milk, good Italian cheese and amny other things. 

Their CEO makes I think around 300k a year and the employees get I thinkthe best benefits in the industry. 

I find Safeway, Vons and Ralphs to be the worst

indygo55's picture

Amazon Kindle has a package deal, 1984 and Animal Farm in one publication. Kindle. Its great. I bought it and now I share it with my friends.