REFLECTIONS: The Smellies

"Going to the Feelies this evening, Henry? I hear the new one at the Alhambra is first-rate. There's a love scene on a bearskin rug; they say it's marvelous."

The feelies—movies in which audiences could not only hear and see, but feel the clinches—were a major diversion in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, the Utopian state where people were not born but mass-produced in retorts and female yearnings for motherhood were assuaged by a quick shot of "pregnancy substitute." The only utopia currently available for study is not up to feelies yet, but it is ready to report progress. Last...

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