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Huxley on Brave New World 30 years later

In 1931, when Brave New World was being written, I was convinced that there was still plenty of time. The completely organized society, the scientific caste sys­tem, the abolition of free will by methodical condition­ing, the servitude made acceptable by regular doses of chemically induced happiness, the orthodoxies drummed in by nightly courses of sleep-teaching […]

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Miss Mason and Logic

“Canst thou deny it? Did not goodwife Keech, the butcher’s wife, come in then, and call me Gossip Quickly? — coming in to borrow a mess of vinegar; telling me she had a good dish of prawns– whereby thou didst desire to eat some — whereby I told thee they were ill for a green […]

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K-Drama: Just Between Lovers, Rain or Shine, Just in Love- that JunHo drama

Hangul title: 그냥 사랑하는 사이 Sounded out roughly, that’s Geunyang Saranghaneun Sai Other English titles: Rain or Shine, Just in Love I mentioned in the middle of watching it. I just finished it and I’ve cried to the point of dehydration. I love this one, but it’s a unique place in my heart, and I’m […]

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Bearing Burdens

Descent into Hell*, by Inkling Charles Williams is a strange tale reminiscent of the atmosphere in George MacDonald’s Lilith or Phantastes It’s about selfishness, love, the reality of the eternal and the spiritual, and, of course, about the surprisingly easy, but nearly always selfish, ways we descend to hell. In the story, Pauline Anstruther has been terrified by […]

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The Prevention of Literature (Free Speech essay by Orwell)

“About a year ago I attended a meeting of the P.E.N. Club, the occasion being the tercentenary of Milton’s AEROPAGITICA–A pamphlet, it may be remembered, in defense of freedom of the press. Milton’s famous phrase about the sin of “killing” a book was printed on the leaflets advertising the meeting which had been circulated beforehand. […]

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