Atlas Shrugged: Screw You, Shakespeare


Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter IILast time, John Galt told Dagny that while she was living in the capitalists' valley, she could attend concerts or plays, just not his super-secret physics lectures. She takes him up on that suggestion:[S]he sat among rows of benches under the open sky, watching Kay Ludlow on the stage. It was an experience she had not known since childhood — the experience of being held for three hours by a play that told a story she had not seen before, in lines s … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand on Mike Wallace


PBS' "Blank on Blank" web series animates and dramatizes classic interviews conducted with famous names. They contacted me this week to let me know that they've just released a new episode centered on Ayn Rand's 1959 interview with Mike Wallace, about her philosophy of moral selfishness. As she always did, she claimed that it was objectively true, completely unique to her, and the most important innovation in philosophy in the history of the human race.Wallace also quizzed her about her … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Interesting Villains


Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIAfter much debate, the assembled villains finally decide to put their sinister world-domination plan in motion:"The picture now is this," said Wesley Mouch. "The economic condition of the country was better the year before last than it was last year, and last year it was better than it is at present. It's obvious that we would not be able to survive another year of the same progression. Therefore, our sole objective must now be to hold the line. To … [Read more...]

An Interview with Anna Dagmar

A few weeks ago, I posted a video of "Satellite," the first single from Anna Dagmar's newest album of the same title. I first saw her play at a concert on Long Island, and not only did I love the song, I thought the subject matter would make it perfect to feature on my blog. I contacted her to ask a few questions about the song and the album, and she agreed to an interview. But if you haven't heard the song yet, do that first - it's gorgeous!Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you … [Read more...]

Music Saturday: Satellite

I love this new song, "Satellite", by the folk singer Anna Dagmar, from her upcoming album of the same name. It's a (I assume) autobiographical account of growing up in a home with a scientist father and a religious mother - "the Story of Creation meets the Big Bang", as her website says. I first heard her perform it at a concert a few months ago, and I've been eagerly waiting for the video to be released:Image credit: … [Read more...]

Sunday Potpourri

The weekend is a good time to get some culture, and since there are a lot of things lately that I'm enjoying, I figured I'd write one completely miscellaneous post to mention all of them. Music: As I mentioned in the last "random & interesting" thread, I'm always looking to expand my musical knowledge. As much as I listen to streaming sites like Pandora, I find I get more and better suggestions from real people. Here are three artists I've gotten into lately:Books: My current read … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Random and Interesting, Music Edition

It's been a while since I last did one of these, but I want to start making it a regular feature. This thread is for you to tell us about something cool and interesting you've come across lately, something that makes you happy and that you think more people should know about. This week, I'd like to focus on music. What are you grooving on lately? I have to admit, I have ulterior motives for this. These past few months, I've been spending time on, which if you haven't heard of it, … [Read more...]

The Contributions of Freethinkers: Wole Soyinka

I wasn't familiar with Wole Soyinka, the first African author ever to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, until I got a Google alert for his name the other day. You can probably guess why - it turns out he's an atheist, as I learned from this article in the Nigerian Tribune grousing about it:Although I might not be able to quote him verbatim, Professor Soyinka had replied thus. "The reason why I don't believe in God is simple. I simply cannot imagine that somebody (emphasis mine) will be … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Barcelona


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Photo Sunday: Seville


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