During a recent visit to Salt Lake City's Matheson Courthouse — a popular destination for those of us on The Tribune justice desk — I entered through back door and notice something intriguing: The Chestnut Tree Cafe.
I had seen the cafe before, but for some reason it wasn't until this visit that I realized that's also the name of the cafe in George Orwell's dystopian classic "1984." If you can still remember from your high school reading list, The Chestnut Tree Cafe is where protagonist Winston Smith goes after his torture and release from the Ministry of Truth. He's a broken man by the time he gets there. The name also comes up in a song Smith recalls that includes the lyrics, "Under the spreading chestnut tree/I sold you and you sold me."