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Brave New World

Peter Tieryas Liu and His Bald New World

Loren Kleinman | Posted 09.21.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"I was so honored to be included in that Buzzfeed list as there were some amazing books in that group. I hope readers will be intrigued by the premise: what if everyone in the world lost their hair?"

The Biggest Worry About Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Will technology and science that make our species more transhuman be used to create a deeper divide in society for the haves and have-nots?

Why Print Books Will Endure

Steven Petite | Posted 05.29.2014 | Books
Steven Petite

There is something about owning a physical book, holding it in your hands, feeling the paper in between your fingerers while turning the pages and experiencing the journey of a tale on real paper, not on a paper white screen or illuminated retina display.

Watch: An Antidote to Big Brother's Chill

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Like Orwell's telescreens -- through which Big Brother broadcasts propaganda and spies on citizens -- our lives are dominated by cellphones, tablets and laptops that are our real-life two-way mirrors.

What Does It Mean?

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

When we, in our helplessness as observers, try to fill up the void that inevitably follows loss -- that is when we forget that sometimes meaning is exactly what we feel: blue.

Factory Farms Of The Future: Part II

Sonia Faruqi | Posted 12.17.2013 | Home
Sonia Faruqi

Extreme genetic selection, accelerated by artificial insemination, leads farm animals today to yield far more meat, milk, and eggs -- while eating far less -- than they ever have.

Brave New Auto-Corrected World: Engineering Life One Letter at a Time

Nancy Colier | Posted 02.05.2014 | Media
Nancy Colier

In addition to designing and mutating reality, the auto-corrector is now contributing yet another mirror to the funhouse that is human communication.

Brave New Consumerism: How to Get from More to Better

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Perhaps the owners of Toys-R-Us and their advertising team have been reading Brave New World because this advertisement mocking nature and encouraging consumerism seems ripped right from Huxley's book.

It's A Brave New World, We Just Live In It

Zach Hindin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Zach Hindin

Almost immediately, the press invoked George Orwell to characterize the drama unfolding around Edward Snowden's revelation of the NSA's digitally omniscient domestic surveillance program. It should have been Aldous Huxley.

Taylor Swift, Harry Styles and Why I Want a Lawyer

Wendy Widom | Posted 04.23.2013 | Women
Wendy Widom

Apparently, it's not only infidelity that drives men and women online to reveal salacious details of their past relationships. All it may take is a regular old breakup (or at least that's what you consider it to be) and your personal life could be out there for the whole world to see.

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."

5 Books Every Sophisticated College Man Should Read

Shawn Binder | Posted 12.31.2012 | Teen
Shawn Binder

If you're reading this, there is a damn good chance you're in college. If so, I hope you're extending your intellectual pursuits beyond keg stands.

WATCH: The Bane of Banned Books

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.01.2012 | Books
Bill Moyers

Even in this modern day and age, some folks in communities across America are saying: "No. That Book ISN'T For You" and for reasons that have nothing to do with the community, the school, or the reader -- and everything to do with prejudice.

Brave New World Turns 80

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 04.10.2012 | Books
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.

'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

nytimes.com | PAMELA PAUL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

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 | Books
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%.

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 | Books

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.

What Has Happened To Political Fiction?

The Guardian | Stuart Evers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Contemporary political novels -- the ones that sell, at least -- are more concerned with political disengagement than they are with values or beliefs....

A Googlement Above the People, Around the People, and Ahead of the People

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Randall Amster

Who else would you want keeping track of stuff, watching your back (and front), fighting our undeclared cyber-wars, and making the trains run on time? Next stop, Googletopia!