Blue Genes

ALDOUS HUXLEY

by SYBILLE BEDFORD

769 pages. Knopf and Harper & Row. $15.

In 1953 Aldous Huxley swallowed a small quantity of mescaline and sat back in the California sunshine to contemplate the infinity of wrinkles in his trousers. The following year he described his psychedelic confrontation with gray flannel in The Doors of Perception. ,"How rich, how deeply, mysteriously sumptuous," he wrote. "The nearest approach to this . . . would be a Vermeer."

Very nice for the early '50s, only Huxley was not wearing gray flannel but...

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