I blame clown movies, the ICP band, and a half-assed popularization of the pretentious analysis of the trickster archetype, which wasn’t a primary archetype in the first place.
just add link to ICP wikipedia page or something, and note list of stupid clown movies
Who’s the Dumbest Hollywood Republican?
Written in 1946, defending and introducing a novel written 14 years earlier, in 1932.
“The dictator will do well to encourage that (sexual) freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope and movies and the radio, it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate.” – Foreword to Brave New World – 1946
Aldous Huxley’s convoluted commentary about culture pre-determining itself to the death of personal sovereignty. Obviously Huxley’s novel would have been worlds’ different if he had been writing in any time closer to the present. I consider Brave New World to be an extremely dated novel; too old to take very seriously. Huxley’s social expectations are not exactly realistic, and his novels are not so relevant to today’s social world. Huxley’s BNW projections are not exactly the right kind of cynical for my taste. He managed to benefit from psychedelic drugs later on. Seven years later, in 1953, he takes mescaline and writes about it in The Doors of Perception. (when did he write perennial philosophy? any relation to drug use?) And a few years after that he takes LSD, which becomes his favorite psychedelic. He was injected with LSD in the last hours of his life so that he could experience death while tripping. (Review The Perennial Philosophy and the Doors of Perception)
“On Christmas Eve 1955, he took his first dose of LSD, an experience he was to repeat often and he claimed allowed him to plumb even greater depths than mescaline. The literary culmination of this self-medication can be seen in Island, the 1962 novel, which can be viewed as an answer to Brave New World. It describes a utopia rather than a dystopia, and this time around drugs perform an entirely beneficial function, providing serenity and understanding. They are as the book puts it, “medicine”.
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Ironically, Pala, Huxley’s utopia sounds even worse than the alternative future Huxley describes in Brave New World. The Palanese are crashing bores. They are the kind of people who (in one of the most inadvertently hilarious passages I’ve read) think it’s OK to rewrite the climax of Oedipus Rex with a lecture from some Palanese children, who inform the luckless mother-lover that he is being “silly” and ought to follow their philosophy rather than tear his eyes out … But never mind that. Although it is awful in many regards, Island still holds the charm of Huxley’s cultured prose and fertile mind. The knowledge that he wrote the book shortly after his first wife died from cancer and he himself had received a terminal diagnosis also adds real poignancy to the book’s many passages about coping with disease. One of his ideas is that tripping may ease the passage into that good night – advice he famously took on 22 November 1963 when he asked his wife second wife Laura Huxley to give him LSD. “Light and free you let go, darling; forward and up,” she whispered to him as he drifted away.
We’ll never know how Huxley’s final trip went, but we do know that his psychedelic experiments had a remarkable afterlife. (Psychedelic, incidentally, was a word Huxley helped coin along with Humphry Osmond. Huxley can lay considerable claim to kick-starting the 1960s revolution in the head. It wasn’t just the fact that The Doors Of Perception was so influential. He was also personally instrumental in introducing luminaries like Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary to the possibilities of psychedelic experimentation.
Aldous Huxley’s wife wrote this letter about injecting him with LSD right before he died
Clowns Now Banned From Halloween
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America’s creepy clown craze, explained – Vox
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listen to their song miracles and judge whether it’s retarded
Do some research, add some links
JUNG DOCUMENTARY, ADD CLIPS FROM SWEDEN PARADE FESTIVAL THING