“All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects.”

A rather delightful piece of spam received this weekend from a person styling themselves as The Somalist urging Miss Mussel and her readers to Buy Soma Now!!!!!!.

Handwringers have warned us for years the Brave New World is now. If this spammer is the prophet he claims to be, it seems that worriers the world over might well be right, making the score Handwringers 1, The Rest Of Us: (∞-1)

Miss Mussel, like perhaps may of you, first read this book in high school. A few summers back, she embarked on a reading program that included all the novels on the high school curriculum. Her discoveries were twofold:

1) Brave New World, To Kill A Mockingbird and The Chrysalids were really fantastic books.
2) Her English teacher weren’t really as daft as they appeared to be in situ.

This title of this post is the tag line for soma in Brave New World. Here are another few choice extracts:

“Swallowing half an hour before closing time, that second dose of soma had raised a quite impenetrable wall between the actual universe and their minds.”

I don’t understand anything,” she said with decision, determined to preserve her incomprehension intact. “Nothing. Least of all,” she continued in another tone “why you don’t take soma when you have these dreadful ideas of yours. You’d forget all about them. And instead of feeling miserable, you’d be jolly. So jolly,”

”Hug me till you drug me, honey;
Kiss me till I’m in a coma;
Hug me, honey, snuggly bunny;
Love’s as good as soma.”

Any book from your high school days that have gone on to be favourites in adulthood?

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