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Steven Spielberg To Adapt Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ For TV


Steven Spielberg To Adapt Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ For TV

BraveNewWorld FirstEdition.jpgI don’t doubt that Aldous Huxley’s classic Brave New World is on many a disinfonaut’s list of top novels. Apparently it’s one of Hollywood stalwart Steven Spielberg’s favorites too and now he has the green light to turn it into a television series for Syfy, per the Hollywood Reporter:

The Emmy-winning team behind Syfy’s Taken is reuniting for another science fiction classic.

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television is adapting Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World as a scripted series for the NBCUniversal-owned cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Brave New World — ranked fifth among the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library — is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. Humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” Those who won’t conform are forced onto “reservations,” until one of the “savages” challenges the system, threatening the entire social order.

First published in 1932, Brave New World will be adapted by writer Les Bohem, who penned Taken, which won the 2003 Emmy for best miniseries and racked up six other nominations…

[continues at the Hollywood Reporter]

the man who turned on America-TImothy Leary a documentary

the man who turned on America-TImothy Leary a documentary

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Date of Birth 22 October 1920 , Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 31 May 1996 , Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (prostate cancer)
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His mother was a teacher and his father a dentist. He attended West Point, joined the Army, and earned an undergraduate psychology degree at the University of Alabama while in service. Next he earned a master’s degree from Washington State University and a doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1959, Leary joined the faculty of Harvard University. There, he met professor Richard Alpert and began a series of controlled experiments with psychedelic drugs. Four years later they were fired for using undergraduate students in the tests. They retired to Millbrook Estate, a 63-room mansion in upstate New York. People like William Burroughs, Abbie Hoffman, Jack Kerouac, Aldous Huxley and Allen Ginsberg came and went, all united by a desire to experience better living through chemistry. In 1970, he escaped from the California Men’s Colony at San Luis Obispo, where he was serving a 10-year sentence for possession of two marijuana joints. His bust-out was aided by the Weather Underground and his third wife, Rosemary. He and she roamed from country to country. In Algeria, they took stayed with Eldridge Cleaver, who ultimately kidnapped his guests after a political disagreement. They escaped and fled to Switzerland. In 1973, at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, Leary was arrested by agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Extradited to the United States, he was sent to Folsom prison near Sacramento. He was paroled in 1976. Leary’s life turned to lecture tours, stand-up comedy, writing books, cyberspace and the Hollywood party scene. He launched a much-ridiculed lecture tour in 1982 with Watergate villain G. Gordon Liddy. He learned of his prostate cancer in January 1995 and celebrated his remaining lifetime through his own website.



Quanah Parker Portrait

<font=”times new=”” roman”=”” size=”4″>Quanah Parker, born ca. 1845 in Oklahoma, was chief of the Quahadi Comanches, the last band to surrender in the South Plains war of 1874-1875. His father Peta Nocona was a revered war chief of the Nocone Comanches. His mother Cynthia was a white woman who as a child had been captured by the Comanches on May 19, 1836, at Fort Parker, in Limestone County, Texas.

<font=”times new=”” roman”=”” size=”4″>Parker was influential in the spread of Christian peyotism among the Plains Indians. He was the first to integrate highly ritualized Christian elements with the Indians’ traditional use of peyote, and insisted that women not be excluded from such ceremonies. The town of Quanah, Texas — settled in 1884 and named for Quanah Parker — is the seat of Hardeman County, in North Texas.

<font=”times new=”” roman”=”” size=”4″>Today, bona fide religious use of peyote by such organizations as the Native American Church continues and is protected by the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as well as several sections of the Arizona Constitution pursuant to Arizona State Judge Yale McFate’s July 26, 1960 ruling. States permitting the religious use of peyote include Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Minnesota and Nevada, among others.

Peyote art
Above: Peyote (Lophophora williamsii).
Aquarelle by Carol Ann Wells. Courtesy The Stain Blue Museum Collection.

<font=”times new=”” roman”=”” size=”4″>Peyote, Cactus Pudding, Dry Whiskey and White Mule are some of the common names given this sacred cactus that contains more than fifty alkaloids and related compounds. Mescaline (3,4,5-trimethoxy-beta-phenethylamine) is structurally similar to the human neurohormone epinephrine and is the primary active constituent of peyote. It produces the indescribable, brilliantly colored visions that are the hallmark of the peyote experience. Aldous Huxley’s book, The Doors of Perception,vividly describes his experience while under the influence of mescaline and was an important milestone in the history of psychedelics.

Peyotist Stamp
Above: “Peyotist Postage Stamp.”
Artistamp created by D. Smith. Courtesy The Stain Blue Museum Collection.

<font=”times new=”” roman”=”” size=”4″>Once common throughout its range in Texas (Starr, Hidalgo, and Zapata counties), peyote is now a rare plant due to overcollecting. A substantial population still survives in Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert. Cultivating peyote is a rewarding experience but requires great patience: If started from seed, it can take up to five years to obtain a plant that is 15 mm in diameter. “Pups,” or lateral shoots arising from lateral areoles, can be removed and allowed to callus, and then planted in moist sand or a sand/vermiculite mixture where they will quickly form adventitious roots.

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