The Romans of the Decadence (detail), by Thomas Couture, 1847. Musée d'Orsay.
Volume VI, Number 1 | winter 2012
On November 22, 1963, Aldous Huxley, bedridden and dying, requested on a writing tablet that his wife Laura give him a 100 microgram dose of LSD. As she went to get the drug from the medicine cabinet, Laura was perplexed to see the doctor and nurses watching TV. She gave him a second dose a few hours later, and by 5:20 p.m. he had died. Laura later learned that the TV had been showing coverage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, who had been pronounced dead at 1:00 p.m. that day.
I used to do drugs. I still do, but I used to, too.—Mitch Hedberg, 1999