From Bill Moyers' website (See Source):

Who was more prophetic, Orwell or Huxley?

“We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn’t, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.

But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s dark vision, there was another – slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions”. In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.”

FREE VIDEO STREAM:  Rare  30 minute (approx) full color Christopher Isherwood interview from 1974, with the writer in Los Angeles talking about the film version of Cabaret and other topics. James Day interviews. Day's video interviews have recently been restored. Very good picture quality. 


From The Wall Street Journal, March 30, 2012 

What Did J.D. Salinger, Leo Tolstoy, Nikola Tesla and Sarah Bernhardt Have in Common? The surprising—and continuing—influence of Swami Vivekananda, the pied piper of the global yoga movement




New York Times, October 02, 2011
Opinion:  How Yoga Won the West

More than a century ago, an Indian monk wowed Americans with his ideas.

"The Indian monk, born Narendranath Datta to an aristocratic Calcutta family, alighted in Chicago in 1893 in ochre robes and turban, with little money after a daunting two-month trek from Bombay. Notwithstanding the fact that he had spent the previous night sleeping in a boxcar, the young mystic made an electrifying appearance at the opening of the august Parliament of Religions that Sept. 11."


Famous student of world religions has Missouri ties 

The Endless Further

Chasing the Divine: Huston Smith and the seekers of Trabuco Canyon  
by Don Lattin 

Huston Smith, the man who took religion seriously by Dana Sawyer 

Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine (Huston Smith with Jeffery Paine) is named one of the San Francisco Chronicle's 50 Notable Bay Area books of 2009. SF Gate says: "In this delightful book, Smith tells us how he became the dean of world religion experts."

Monday Puzzle: Mystical Mathematics
New York Times, December 22, 2009
November 23, 2009

Huston Smith's Painful Spiritual Odyssey  by John Blake

Three Sages/Three Paths
by Jeffery Paine

Newsweek's Lisa Miller wrote Huston Smith's Wonderful Life for the May 18th issue of Newsweek. It can be read online.

Now Available from HarperCollins Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography by Huston Smith with Jeffery Paine.

From The Washington Post
Praise Everyone

From  San Francisco Chronicle, Huston Smith: Rock star of religions turns 90 

From  San Francisco Chronicle, Review of Tales of Wonder

 **MUSIC OF TIBET IN THE MEDIA NPR's (National Public Radio) Morning Edition aired an Anil Mundra story about multiphonic chanting, Gyuto Monks: Ancient Practice, Modern Sound, featuring Huston Smith. Listen online or read the transcript.

See video clip of Huston Smith recounting how he first encountered Tibetan multiphonic chanting, which became the recording Music of Tibet.

Phil Cousineau (The Roots of Fundamentalism: A Conversation with Huston Smith & Phil Cousineau DVD) now hosts Global Spirit  on LinkTV. Episodes air Sunday (with encore


Bill Moyers honors Chalmers Johnson, saying of Nemesis "There's one book in particular I would put in everybody's stocking if I could. It's not new - it was actually published three years ago. But I read it again this month, and found its message more relevant than ever." (Watch the video or read the transcript.) 

Chalmer's Johnson's Evil Empire, the talk which supported the release of Nemesis,  is available on mondayMEDIA.