I googled ‘writing in bed’ and got this. (This because Jeff is, if not appalled, then somewhat perturbed that I do most of my writing in bed.) From there I googled “Death of George Orwell” and from there I got the wikipedia article (bien sûr) about Eric Blair. From there I got this. And the first paragraph of the third chapter nearly made me croak with laughter. Vermicular progression!!! I shall be quoting that in my novel if I don’t watch out.
The opening poem is a corker, too. Every fucking elected Republican in the States and elected (debatable) Conservative in Canada should read it.