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  •  The word precocious covers a multitude (2+ / 0-)
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    of sins. Having three older sibs and a mother who was a voracious reader, I tended to trail along in their wake. I was also absorbing some of Heinlein's more controversial stuff at the time. Poe was likewise a childhood favorite, along with a lot of pulp fiction.

    I don't know that I agree with the stricture about naughty ideas. The biggest problem I had with it was the awareness that I wasn't supposed to be thinking about such things and, as a consequence, feeling compelled to conceal the fact. It would have been better, I think, if I could have discussed them openly. But as Dylan said:

    If my thought dreams could be seen,
    They'd probably put my head
    in a guillotine.
    I will say that as a consequence I developed a radically skeptical attitude about the platitudes and hypocrisies of adults. I suppose that could be considered a negative effect, at least by adults.

    I don't find Huxley's assertion that he wrote BNW as a counter to Wellsian techno-optimism at all hard to believe. It may be that Things to Come was Well's reply. The character of Theotocopulos has something in common with the Savage as well as with the aestheticism expressed by Huxley.

    Good luck with WE. I found it a bit of a disappointment, having searched for it based on references I'd read elsewhere.


    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 01:53:29 PM PDT

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    •  I was being facetious; my mom never forbade books, (2+ / 0-)
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      and I sought out the dangerous ones. Looking back, the only ones that weren't age-appropriate were the intentionally disturbing horror, the ones aiming to shock and give you nightmares (not Poe, but King, sometimes). That stuff's just hard to comfortably absorb into an innocent young mind.

      I love Dylan, and that's one of my favorite lines.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 10:46:06 PM PDT

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