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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Lab Rat

Happiness is 'a chemical imbalance in the / brain triggered by these tranquillity pills, tested / to destruction on laboratory rats, whose happiness / is quite depressing', according to Sam Gardiner, more on whom here.

And if a sentence towards the end of the review doesn't seem to make sense, it's because a passage just before it has been cut. It should read:

'Il faut cultiver notre jardin', said Voltaire's Dr Pangloss, but we should cultivate our Gardiner too. 'The best are the lost', he writes in 'The Best', and if Gardiner is not to succumb to his own harsh blueprint for excellence...' etc.

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