PEN New England

PEN new england

“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”

—George Orwell, 1984

 

PEN New England is a chapter of PEN American Center, part of a global association of writers celebrating literature and defending free expression.

We make our home at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences.