Aldous Huxley, author of the novel Brave New World, died 50 years ago last week. Let’s use this auspicious milestone to take a look back at his predictions for the year 2000, made in 1950. More »
Simon Usborne doesn’t want us to forget that two literary giants also left us on November 22, 1963: [Aldous] Huxley died [of cancer] at 5:20pm, London time, on 22 November 1963. About ten minutes later, CS Lewis died [of renal failure]. Just under an hour after that, of course, JFK was shot and killed in Dallas. There […]
Today is the 50th anniversary not only of John F Kennedy’s death but also of Aldous Huxley’s. So amid all the Kennedy commemorating let us also mark Huxley’s passing with a reminder of how scarily prescient his most famous novel was. Here are five ways in which the nightmare fiction of Brave New World has [...]
One might imagine them encountering John F. Kennedy in the antechamber of the afterlife. I've been planning for a while to write this as the first post today, but I'm pleased to see that there are many news stories this morning honor the 3 men who shared a death date. Show More Summary
All three exited the mundus sensibilis 50 years ago, today. Whither? The Whither like the Whence remain in suspense. The three illustrate the truth that "The pen is mightier than the sword" (Bulwer-Lytton). A Brit's take on 22 November. Related...
All British people remember where they were when they heard that Margaret Thatcher had resigned. It’s our equivalent of the Kennedy assassination. And here’s a curious thing: both events took place on 22 November. (To this day, one of my Conservative Association chairmen refers blackly to the anti-Thatcher Tory MPs as “the November Criminals”.) JFK’s death [...]
Aldous Huxley’s death was overshadowed by Kennedy’s, but his artistic legacy lives on Aldous Huxley was famous when he died on November 22 1963, but the coincidence of the assassination of President Kennedy that day meant that his death received less attention than it would otherwise have got. Perversely, however, the coincidence may now be [...]
Lenina shook her head. "Somehow," she mused, "I hadn't been feeling very keen on promiscuity lately. There are times when one doesn't. Haven't you found that too, Fanny?" --Brave New World, Aldous Huxley Frank McCloud : He wants more, don't you, Rocco? Johnny Rocco : Yeah. Show More Summary
Three famous men died on Nov. 22, 1963. The one getting the most attention, understandably, is John F. Kennedy. Less so the other two: Aldous Huxley, author of the futuristic novel “Brave New World,” and Clive Staples Lewis. Of the three,...Show More Summary
I cannot visit Costco, with its floor to ceiling plastic-packaged mega-stuff, and not feel that the Brave New World of soul-crushing consumerism that Aldous Huxley envisioned in his 1932 book is upon us. This prescient novel takes us to a future where freedom is replaced with mind-control through consumerism and drugs. Show More Summary
The Dairy Art Centre?s second major exhibition, Island, based on the novel by Aldous Huxley and curated by Sarina Basta, opened on 11 October 2013. The exhibition runs from 11 October ? 5 December 2013. The show captures various moments...Show More Summary
Once again … the nonprofit world has painfully proven Aldous Huxley’s maxim that “facts do not cease to exist simply because they are ignored.” Once again … for the 7th year in a row the Donor Retention Rate among 2,840 American nonprofits surveyed has again dropped. Once again … millions and millions of $$ have [...]
When it comes to making babies, China is easily one of the world’s most complex nations. Some of the reports coming from the People’s Republic call to mind the Aldous Huxley novel Brave New World, such as a scheme to allegedly engineer “genius” babies with the help of DNA samples from 2,000 of the world’s smartest people. Show More Summary
Dorothy Parker probably didn't write the famous quip about Los Angeles--that it's "72 suburbs in search of a city"--but Aldous Huxley kind of did. In his 1925 book Americana, "He wrote that Los Angeles was 'nineteen suburbs in search of...
With his eerie dystopian vision, this year’s winner of a book illustration competition would do Aldous Huxley proud. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley’s dystopian classic, was the intriguingly unsettling inspiration for this year’s Book Illustration Competition from the London-based House of Illustration and Folio Society. Show More Summary
Aldous Huxley was born 119 years ago, on July 26, 1894. Happy birthday, Aldous Huxley!
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Finn Dean has won this year's Book Illustration Competition, beating over 500 other entrants all attempting to interpret the Aldous Huxley classic Brave New World
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.