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    Reidy got a reaction from William Scott Scherk in How many times have you read Atlas Shrugged?   
    This brings up a related question: how does the novel's historical setting affect first-time readers today? It was a bit of a period piece in 1957 (execs no longer took cross-country business trips by train; network radio was no longer the primary news and entertainment medium) and a bit more when I first read it. For most newcomers today it's a book of their great-grandparents' era. Does this make it harder or easier (or neither) to get into?
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    Reidy got a reaction from Boydstun in How many times have you read Atlas Shrugged?   
    This brings up a related question: how does the novel's historical setting affect first-time readers today? It was a bit of a period piece in 1957 (execs no longer took cross-country business trips by train; network radio was no longer the primary news and entertainment medium) and a bit more when I first read it. For most newcomers today it's a book of their great-grandparents' era. Does this make it harder or easier (or neither) to get into?
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    Reidy got a reaction from dream_weaver in How many times have you read Atlas Shrugged?   
    This brings up a related question: how does the novel's historical setting affect first-time readers today? It was a bit of a period piece in 1957 (execs no longer took cross-country business trips by train; network radio was no longer the primary news and entertainment medium) and a bit more when I first read it. For most newcomers today it's a book of their great-grandparents' era. Does this make it harder or easier (or neither) to get into?
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    Reidy got a reaction from The Laws of Biology in "The Shawshank Redemption" (film): Does Objectivism's ethical rejection of altruism lead to a negative evaluation of this film?   
    Side point: Rand got one detail wrong about The Best Years of our Lives. On p. 367-368 of Journals she says that the movie shows a rich businessman bouncing a war hero from a flight, when in fact the opening scene establishes that the businessman has a reservation while the vet is on standby. Most Americans of the era would have recognized that this is what "space available" means.
    She asks "What is the point of this episode - if not the implication that the vicious, unpatriotic rich are grossly indifferent to war heroes?" The point might be that the military is ungrateful to its vets for not buying them reserved seats, but more likely it's simply a way of heightening the character's tension, and the audience's, about seeing him safely home.
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    Reidy got a reaction from necrovore in House for AR   
    Angi has posted digital realizations of some of FLlW's unbuilt houses, including one for Rand and her husband. Unfortunately it's only still pictures, not a 3-D walkthrough. (For a great example of the latter, see the Imperial Hotel.)
    I'd hate to have to open and close all those louvered windows each day.
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    Reidy got a reaction from MisterSwig in Ayn Rand Fan Club podcast   
    Similar history here. I heard the story as gossip and found it too weird to believe, so I didn't until BB's book came out years later.
    The two published In Reply to Ayn Rand a and sent it to the Objectivist subscriber list. He said that what finally, irrevocably broke them up was his telling her that the age difference was "an insurmountable barrier to a romantic relationship". We took it to mean that she wanted to start it, not revive it.
    The text used to be at his website and perhaps in one of his books.
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    Reidy got a reaction from Boydstun in Ayn Rand Fan Club podcast   
    Similar history here. I heard the story as gossip and found it too weird to believe, so I didn't until BB's book came out years later.
    The two published In Reply to Ayn Rand a and sent it to the Objectivist subscriber list. He said that what finally, irrevocably broke them up was his telling her that the age difference was "an insurmountable barrier to a romantic relationship". We took it to mean that she wanted to start it, not revive it.
    The text used to be at his website and perhaps in one of his books.
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    Reidy got a reaction from MisterSwig in Cultural Parasitism   
    Some possible examples of gay-turned-straight are the movie Enigma and Noel Coward's play Present Laughter. They weren't remakes, but they took real-life gay people and turned them straight, Alan Turing in the first case and Coward himself in the second.
    People have been speculating for decades that George and Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf are both men, but the author insisted otherwise.
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    Reidy got a reaction from Harrison Danneskjold in Truth In Politics Youtube Channel   
    I believe the quote comes from her article "The Money-Making Personality" that ran in Cosmopolitan in the early 60s.
     
    PS: https://www.amazon.com/COSMOPOLITAN-magazine-MONEY-MAKING-PERSONALITY-Cosmopolitan/dp/B000NE6D22
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    Reidy got a reaction from Boydstun in Entertainment Note   
    Our two favorite people are becoming a play.
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    Reidy got a reaction from Harrison Danneskjold in What are your biggest issues with Objectivism?   
    Empirical psychology is not exactly a part of philosophy, but the Objectivist writings make several assertions in this field without providing more than intuitive or anecdotal evidence:
    Personality predicts sexual attraction.
    Sexual attraction predicts personality.
    Artistic taste predicts personality.
    Personality predicts artistic taste.
    Childhood literary exposure predicts adult character.
    Philosophical training and belief predict intellectual efficacy.
    This is not to say that one couldn't test these claims, only that I haven't seen such tests.
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    Reidy got a reaction from Harrison Danneskjold in Tu Quoque   
    Here's a companion piece: https://spectator.org/capitol-riot-fuhgeddaboudism/
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    Reidy got a reaction from JASKN in Reblogged:No Clear Mandate, and Uber Survives (For Now)   
    Several of the California ballot propositions, not just 22, turned out well - racial quotas, tax increases and new dialysis regulations among them: https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/11/good-news-for-conservatives-from-california/. Oregon voted for a big drug decriminalization.
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    Reidy got a reaction from Boydstun in Historical Footnote   
    Wednesday's Tracinski Letter linked to an article in the New York Review, which led me in turn to a Wikipedia article about the Solovki prison, the first Soviet death camp, originally a monastery and close to the Finnish border, facilitating escape. Rand's Red Pawn, a movie treatment that was her first literary sale, is set in just such a place. Solovki was first known in the west in 1934. I hadn't known how close to the facts Rand's setting was.
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    Reidy got a reaction from dream_weaver in Review of The Siren of Selfishness   
    Roark's hair may be, after Samson's and Rapunzel's, the most famous in literature, and it's not blond.
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    Reidy got a reaction from Boydstun in Hook/Branden 1961   
    The Objectivist Ethics had a limited print edition, as an NBI pamphlet, at least as early as 1962. In the background here you see a shelf of such pamphlets, which sold for $.25 - $.50.
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    Reidy got a reaction from Boydstun in The Story Behind Ayn Rand's name change   
    http://aynrandlexicon.com/about-ayn-rand/faq.html
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    Reidy got a reaction from dream_weaver in The Story Behind Ayn Rand's name change   
    http://aynrandlexicon.com/about-ayn-rand/faq.html
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    Reidy got a reaction from nakulanb in 18th & 19th Century Fiction   
    Rand's recommendation of Hugo paid off handsomely. I struck out  on Dostoyevsky and Conrad. The Secret Agent has some amusingly contemporary allusions, but otherwise both authors escaped me.
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    Reidy got a reaction from Julian Sanchez in What implies going to a public university   
    No, because the money to support these schools was taken from you and others by force. This is not your doing. See Rand's The Question of Scholarships.
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    Reidy got a reaction from Boydstun in Of Peripheral Randian Interest   
    In Oak Park IL on Thursday the 11th, a rare chance to hear the music that inspired We the Living in the building that inspired Roark's Stoddard Temple:
    http://www.utrf.org/operetta-in-exile/
     
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    Reidy got a reaction from dream_weaver in Of Peripheral Randian Interest   
    In Oak Park IL on Thursday the 11th, a rare chance to hear the music that inspired We the Living in the building that inspired Roark's Stoddard Temple:
    http://www.utrf.org/operetta-in-exile/
     
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    Reidy got a reaction from Boydstun in Background to Hugo   
    This article, about the anti-revolutionary civil war in the Vendée region of France, might interest a Randian audience, because it was the historical background of Hugo's Ninety-Three, for which she wrote an introduction.
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    Reidy got a reaction from Grames in Law of Identity and Evolution   
    The argument here (identity precludes change) first showed up in Parmenides ca 500 BC. From the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology:
    On the former path [i.e. of reason] we convince ourselves that the existent neither has come into being, nor is perishable, and is entirely of one sort, without change and limit, neither past nor future, entirely included in the present. For it is as impossible that it can become and grow out of the existent, as that it could do so out of the non-existent; since the latter, non-existence, is absolutely inconceivable, and the former cannot precede itself; and every coming into existence presupposes a non-existence.
    His writings give us the first example of an explicit premise-and-conclusion argument. Much of Aristotle's metaphysics amounts to an explanation of what's wrong with that argument.
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    Reidy got a reaction from DonAthos in Law of Identity and Evolution   
    The argument here (identity precludes change) first showed up in Parmenides ca 500 BC. From the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology:
    On the former path [i.e. of reason] we convince ourselves that the existent neither has come into being, nor is perishable, and is entirely of one sort, without change and limit, neither past nor future, entirely included in the present. For it is as impossible that it can become and grow out of the existent, as that it could do so out of the non-existent; since the latter, non-existence, is absolutely inconceivable, and the former cannot precede itself; and every coming into existence presupposes a non-existence.
    His writings give us the first example of an explicit premise-and-conclusion argument. Much of Aristotle's metaphysics amounts to an explanation of what's wrong with that argument.
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