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Aldous Huxley

A Brave New World 2013 - Huxley, Happiness and the United States of Amazing

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 03.04.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Economists and the media tell us we have just come back from the precipice of the "fiscal cliff." I posit that we are on the verge of an even more serious crisis, "The Emotional Ledge."

Why Do We Like Dystopian Novels?

Dave Astor | Posted 12.19.2012 | Home
Dave Astor

War. Death. Despair. Oppression. Environmental ruin. Yup, when it comes to demoralizing literature, dystopian novels have it all! Yet many of us love this genre, and there are good reasons we do.

The Prisoner: "I Am Not a Number. I Am a Free Man!"

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.28.2012 | TV
John W. Whitehead

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who w...

Playa Odyssey

Tamsin Smith | Posted 10.23.2012 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

If one thinks about it, there is a heaven and hell inside each of us. Life most truly is (as Blake posits) a constant tug of logic and stability against unrestrained creative energy and chaos.

Why Creativity Needs Mundanity

Nick Jefferson | Posted 10.21.2012 | Business
Nick Jefferson

Perhaps in embracing mysticism, irrational thought, the Antipodes of the mind -- the creative brain -- we are not in fact denying reality: we are simply -- and very deliberately -- escaping it. An eyes-wide-open embrace of the unconscious.

Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry -- a Documentary at the Intersection of Art and Politics

Michael Rose | Posted 09.26.2012 | Home
Michael Rose

America's century ended without offering us a lease renewal and now the only bet one can safely make about who's next is, will it be China or India who claims the 21st as their century?

Is This Book A Classic?

Annemarie Dooling | Posted 09.13.2012 | Home
Annemarie Dooling

Last week we unveiled to the world our next book choice for the Huffington Post Book Club. Our readers rallied and voted on four choices we eagerly pi...

Tripping: 10 Celebrities That Have Done LSD

Posted 08.13.2012 | Celebrity

Sure, it's not that shocking that a few of these famous writers and actors dropped acid back in the day. But we were surprised to find out how some at...

Brave New World Turns 80

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 04.10.2012 | Home
Jonathan D. Moreno

Aldous Huxley's celebrated depiction of a deracinated future turns 80 this year. Perhaps no work in the genre infelicitously labeled science fiction has had so much influence or staying power.

Moscow or Beijing?

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

2012 begins with the Russian and Chinese constellations once again falling into alignment.

God Is One: A Kabbalistic Explanation

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 01.29.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

If life were like a movie and we were able to slow it down we would see the blank spaces between each frame, between each moment, between each change. Kabbalah is the system where we try to see those spaces.

Confessions of an E-Book Virgin

Dave Astor | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home
Dave Astor

Some people continued to ride a horse-and-buggy after many other people switched to cars. Maybe I'm one of those late-adopter types. But at least for now, I'm sticking with print books.

A Dearth of Mirth at the End of Many Great Novels

Dave Astor | Posted 12.11.2011 | Home
Dave Astor

After just finishing The House of Mirth, I'm reminded once again that many great novels don't have happy endings.

Review: The Ides of March

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If you're too high-minded to get down in the mud with your opponent -- but your opponent can grab victory by playing dirty -- who's the winner?

Authors Who Are Famous For The Wrong Book | John Self | Posted 09.18.2011 | Home

Why is it that the book for which an author is best known is rarely their best? If history is the final judge of literary achievement, why has a title...

'A Thousand Twangling Instruments'

Tamsin Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamsin Smith

Suffering is not the opposite of joy -- they are foreground and background. One unfolds and magnifies the other. When a smile can be forged from anguish, then it's a thing of beauty and truth.

Aldous Huxley's Brave New Storybook | PAMELA PAUL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Teenagers may know Aldous Huxley as the author of "Brave New World" (assigned in tandem with "1984" in a unit on political horrors) and as the guy who...

Things Could Be Worse: 12 Dystopian Novels You Should Read

Peter Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Peter Steinberg

Dozens of states on the brink of bankruptcy. Congress in upheaval. Half a dozen countries in the Middle East on the brink of revolution and unemployment stuck at about 9%.

WATCH: 'Harvard Psychedelic Club'

Don Lattin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Don Lattin

Here's some rare footage of an experimental LSD session that I came across doing research for my next book, a group biography of British writer Aldou...

The Reading List: New Books About Los Angeles

Los Angeles Magazine | Wendy Witherspoon  | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Every month Los Angeles Magazine highlights titles of local interest that are hitting the bookshelves. Here's what's new....

No Time?

The Guardian | John Crace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Lolita. Light of my life. Lo. Li. Ta Very Much. If you wonder where my peculiar interests came from, I should have to say it started when I was 13 wit...

Is Monday Night Football Our Culture's Soma?

Kyle Shamberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Kyle Shamberg

The never-ending carousel of pro sports gives us a never-ending soma to throw back. MNF is only the most obvious, and the grandest spectacle, of the drug.

Three Books To Take You On That Long, Strange Trip

NPR | Don Lattin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

It's been a half-century since Timothy Leary, a research psychologist at Harvard University, swallowed some magic mushrooms down in Mexico and decided...

Who Says All Religions Are the Same?

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

The truth is, religions are both different and alike, depending on where one looks. And we need to look at the whole picture, because when we lean too far in either direction we lose our balance.

Philip K. Dick Needed A Co-Author

The Guardian | Darragh McManus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Dick took outlandish, almost inconceivable ideas and worked them through, making them real and plausible through the strictures and structures of a fo...