February 15th, 2023
My name appears in another book! See my 2016 blog for previous books that mention me. Adam Van Doren has published his book of paintings, IN THE FOUNDERS' FOOTSTEPS: LANDMARKS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Godine, 2022. I am in the Acknowledgments on page 231. Mr. Van Doren, of the famous Van Doren intellectual family, took my American Revolution walking tours about four years ago, looking for sites to paint.
September 7th, 2022
DR. FRANZ BOAS, 1858-1942. In the talk about race since the death of George Floyd, and since Charlottesville, I have not seen any media mention of Dr. Franz Boas. His is a name that should be mentioned whenever "race" comes up as an issue. He was the anthropologist who did the respectable scientific research that shot down the popular belief in "White Superiority." This was around 1910 to 1920. About the time of World War I. Boas was from Germany, but he spent most of his life teaching anthropology at Columbia University. He trained the whole next generation of American anthropologists, including the famous Margaret Mead. In the decades before 1910, White people took it for granted that they were superior to non-Whites in every way. On top of that, White Superiority was considered a respectable scientific theory. Boas did the rigorous research that disproved that theory. He found that there is no connection between race and intelligence. "Racism" means the theory that intelligence is determined by skin color. By the 1990s, scientists went a step further than Boas: They found that there is more genetic variety within a race than between races, and so just threw out the whole concept of race altogether. Boas, in his last years, actively spoke out against the Nazis and eugenics. So let's spread the fame and credit for a scientist who helped liberate mankind from an error that has caused much suffering.
May 16th, 2022
ON MONDAY, MAY 23, OXFORD FILMS WILL FILM ME GIVING MY "AYN RAND'S PARK AVENUE" TOUR, FOR A DOCUMENTARY ON POSTWAR IDEA SYSTEMS FOR THE BBC. ALL ARE WELCOME FOR THIS FREE TOUR. 11 A.M., EAST 42ND STREET AND VANDERBILT AVENUE, IN FRONT OF THE SOUTHWEST ENTRANCE OF GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL.
December 22nd, 2021
I have just finished my latest book, ATLAS SHRUGGED: COMMENTARY AND STUDY GUIDE TO THE NOVEL THAT HAS INSPIRED MILLIONS. It includes: Commentary on almost every page of the novel. Cross-referencing, so you can find previous mentions of some word, character, or event. A "Recurring Themes Index," so you can find all the mentions of Rand's favorite themes. A timeline of the events of the novel. An index of subchapters. A bibliography and General Index. My cross-referencing points you to related words and themes not only in Atlas, but also in The Fountainhead and Rand's other fiction and non-fiction. My book is 538 pages long. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a copy as an attachment.
December 22nd, 2021
March 21st, 2021
My book THE COOKINHAMS OF UTICA is available as an attachment to anyone who sends me an email requesting it. My 1994 science fiction novel THE CAPSTONE will be available soon. My book ATLAS SHRUGGED, LINE BY LINE, will be available in a few months. In this book, I analyze the novel line by line, all 1,168 pages of it. I offer cross-referencing, to help the reader track themes that Rand sprinkles around the book. I offer an index to chapters and sub-chapters, and an index to those sprinkled themes. So my book will act as a study guide to the reader who has just read the novel for the first time and now wants to scrutinize it more closely. I include a bibliography.
March 21st, 2021
The full title of my commentary will be: ATLAS SHRUGGE... Read more
January 18th, 2021
To my everlasting shame, I participated in the 1994 Howard Stern gag campaign for Governor of New York. I was not surprised recently to learn that Trump and Stern are buddies. It figures. The Trump campaigns were much like the Stern campaign, only on a bigger scale: President instead of Governor, and a billionaire instead of a millionaire. Higher stakes and a closer semblance to a serious campaign, and of course Trump actually won. But just a gag nonetheless. In the movie that Stern made about himself (starring himself) a radio demographics analyst explains that his research has shown that more people who say they hate Stern listen to his show than people who identify themselves as Stern fans. And they listen to Stern for the same reason: they want to know what the heck he is going to pull next.
ON TRUMP Monday, January 18, 2021 Two days bef... Read more