No petty pace, but an intellectual rampage in which the Huxley genius disports itself over Oriental philosophy, industrial robotization, Lautrec's artistic genesis, the methods which induce parapsychological phenomena, Monteverdi's use of polyphony, Toynbee's naivete, sexual censorship, etc. etc. Consecutive though seldom analytic, Huxley sounds at times like a delirious erudite. He injects better-shelter facts and observations, sweeps across history, mythology and science in a headlong search for similarities and substantiations, and with breathtaking speed goes from the broadest moral, social and political issues to a contemplation of lesser items. The performance is truly astonishing. But there remains a core of belief and appeal, a central view of man in all his multiplicity, his levels of consciousness, his roles within society, his spiritual aspirations and economic enslavement. Here Huxley establishes the totality of man and upholds human values in a remarkable fashion. However awesome and confounding in its intellectual display, however antagonizing in its numberless assertions, this volume of essays will be widely read and argued.