Thursday 9 April 2009

no money in nature

In Our Time today discusses Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and considers it as much a utopia as a dystopia.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests touch on the wide range of topical references in this famously prescient novel: from Henry Ford, Maynard Keynes and Pavlov, to the Wall Street Crash, the emerging psychology of advertising, and the New Deal.

In Huxley's hedonistic society, there's no money in people liking nature, what's wanted is for people to get out and consume things. 'Ending is better than mending.'

(Leonardo di Caprio is going to star in Ridley Scott's movie of Brave New World.)

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