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Missive #308

Don’t Believe the Hype

Since this book was written, millions of people have taken…, mescaline, mushroooms, whatever. If you’ve never tried it, chances are you know somebody who has, and they could probably give you a far better story. Huxley’s book is boring as hell. He goes on and on with endless descriptions of some work of art (which unless you are an art major, you’ve never seen) and is constantly referring to artist and people whom you’ve probably never heard of. Most the time, I had no idea what this guy was talking about. Maybe my drug addled brain just has a hard time with such high-falutin concepts such as ‘Gesualdo’s madrigals’ . The rest is just a lot of big talk. Read it if you must. People will think your’re hip and that’s worth two stars I suppose. — Customer review @ Amazon

The Customer was too generous in my opinion, I would have given it one star. Those readers that gave it 4 or 5 stars are beyond my comprehension. Huxley’s bio claims he was a  writer and philosopher but his philosophy is way beyond me — I don’t get it. I’m reading all that he wrote but his writing in later years is nothing like Brave New World so be advised not to expect more of the same as that novel.

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