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Durham in Wonderland revisited The End

K C Johnson has announced that Durham In Wonderland with a very long post on Monday Dec 10 will be closing. No more posts. Prof Johnson is in Israel. DIW will be missed. Prof Johnson is a very honest man. I hope when Prof Johnson return he will keep us informed about PC.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Birthday

Today is Little Richard's 75th birthday. He wasn't always my cup of tea. But he has kept going and going. He survived and given the history of Rock & Roll that's quite an accomplishment. Happy Birthday Little Richard! Thank You!

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Jena Six again

Apparently the case is coming to an end. It looks like relatively short sentences for all the defendants but convictions. I still waiting to hear from Al Sharpton.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Jacques Barzun is 100

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

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

ARI Bookstore Catalog

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. Highly recommended!

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Atlas 50th

I watched Dave Mayer's and Will Thomas's speeches again. Dave's is really well done. Will seemed nervous. It was still fun to watch. I kept recognizing people in the audience.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Happy Thanksgiving

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

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

My Health

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.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

The Bells of St. Marys

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.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

ARI's Fountainhead Essay Contest Winners

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.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

The Boys From Brazil

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

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

The Untouchables

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

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Barbara Branden's Talk

It is now on YouTube and as I have said elsewhere it is wonderful. I now see that long day made it hard at end of it when I think we were all tired. We can see again how much of a treasure Barbara is.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Blacklisted by History

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.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Wyatt Earp and Tombstone

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

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Cross on church in Bagdad

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.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Some comments on election 2007

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

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Book TV

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

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb