Yesterday Jacques Barzun turned 100.
He has written on a host of intellectual topics over the years. He introduced of intellectual ideas to average reader in an unpateronizing way
A quick look at Amazon show more than 23 pages of entries. On the first two only one of the books was by another writer. He had book that is used as a complete book on the detective story. He has books on Joyce, the modern university, and teaching as a profession.
There is an excellent article in the w
It's bigger and better than ever. It's an attractive package. That's the good points. Most of the items are too expensive. It has too much Leonard Peikoff, Peter Schwartz and Harry Binswanger. I must add that they also carry too much Ellen Kenner.
If you have not not seen it you should. They will send you a catalog at no charge.
I must also add that the staff is very courteous and competent.
Happy Thanksgiving! I wanted to thank my blog readers.
I am very delighted I got to attend TAS's 50th anniversary of Atlas Shrugged. As I have said it was the best Objectivist event I have ever attended. I am also happy I was able to relive it by watching the event of Book TV.
I want to thank Michael and Kat for all they do for OL. I also want to thank the regular contributors to OL. OL is a big item in my life and all of you are too.
Thanks for Internet. I'm grateful to all th
Since this January when I had a small stroke and was hospitalized for four days I have posted about my health.
I had forty radiation treatments for prostrate cancer in August and September.
Today I got the word that my PSA which was 12.0 before the treatments is now 1.9. This great improvement is very good news.
This makes one grateful to modern medicine and good doctors.
Thanksgiving is coming up. This is something one should be thankful for.
This movie is on TCM. At the time it came out there were lots of movies with priests and nuns. All of these individuals are well adjusted individuals.
Today movies with priests the priests would be child molesters and the nuns would be sadists.
The truth is that both pictures are false.
I have been looking over the winners of The Fountainhead Essay Contest. They are an interesting group. While the great number are from public schools there are a fair number from Roman Catholic schools. A quick looks suggests a good number are Asian.
The winning essays are posted for the past years and the essays are quite good.
ARI is getting an increasing number of high school students to take part in this contest. 20,794 students in the last contest. ARI should be greatly applauded.
In my post on OL about Ira Levin's recent death I refereed to Boys From Brazil as far-fetched.
First I want to say that Boys is a good movie. It has some great acting including the saintly Gregory Peck as one of the worst villains ever done on film. The actor John Dehner has a brief role as one of the fathers that is as fine a piece of acting I have ever seen. Olivier is quite good. The young actor who plays the Hitler clones is very good.
The science is wrong. Cloning has not even
My posts on Objectivist Living number over 2000.
I hope my posts have been enlightening and enlightened. I also hope I have not long winded or boring. I proud of the fact I haven't done any plagiarizing.
This is one of my favorite movies. I saw it when it first came out and I try and watch when it is shown on television.
It is not the history of Eliot Ness's bringing down Al Capone. It is an extremely romanticizing version of that story. Keep that fact in mind but enjoy it anyway.
the acting is wonderful starting with Kevin Costner. Robert De Niro is a great Al Capone. The other members of the Untouchables are also very good. It was a first role for Andy Garcia. The great perform
I posted on OL proper about this new book by M. Stanton Evans.
It is great news it is finally out. Stan Evans has been working on this book for several years. A quick look shows he takes up all the controversies about McCarthy's career.
Mr Evans is in his 70ths so I am sad to note that seems to be having no book signings or events.
These are two movies that the climax in the gunfight at OK Corral.
Both of these movies came out about the same year and they both are being shown on cable.
Wyatt Earp is the life story of Earp who became the most famous Western sheriff. Earp lived long enough to survive into 20ths so he was able to create his own biography. He also was what today would be called a technical advisor to some early movies.
The story is primarily about Earp and Doc Holliday. Doc Holliday is the more
Yesterday citizens of Baghdad put a cross on a Christian church in Baghdad. Some bloggers are calling the equivalent of the flag raising on Iwo Jima.
It should not be forgotten that the battle of Iwo Jima last several months after the flag raising.
This 2007 is an election year. It's not for US President. Three governors are up(Louisiana, Kentucky and Mississippi), state legislatures in five states(the above three, Virginia, and New Jersey and a lot of local elections.
Louisiana has already elected Jindal® governor. Kentucky is expected to elect a Democrat and Hayley Barbour® is expected to reelected in Mississippi. The lower house in Virginia which has been held by the GOP could go to the Democrats.
However I want talk about s
For 48 hours on weekends C-Span 2 has Book TV. Book TV has 48 hours of programming about non-fiction books. You can watch book events at bookstores, think tanks, and universities.
It is programming for literates unlike the old movies, sports events, and tired programs on the other stations.
I find the range of books is a happy one.
On the first Sunday of every month Book TV does a three hour interview with an author. They have had David Horowitz, Christopher Hitchens, and Tammy Br
Paul Tibbets was the man who commanded the planes that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Thhere are some libertarians who call him a war criminal and murderer.
I don't agree. Paul Tibbets was rather a man who saved millions of lives. Both American and Japanese.
He never regretted dropping the bomb and he was right. I'm glad he lived to be 92.