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  1. "But who are the 3 people at the left?" I don't know, but I heard that after the picture was taken someone spiked the punch and they had a blaze of a party. They Bopped all night.
  2. Dragonfly wrote, "BTW, here is the original picture:" Dragonfly is a damned liar. Here's the actual original picture:
  3. I had a good laugh the other night while watching the film _Six Degrees of Separation_. If you haven't seen it, rent it and watch for the petulant "when the children turn" scene ("You gave him my pink shirt?...I can't believe you! I hate you!" etc.). It captures the essence of SOLOP. J
  4. Rich wrote, "All this from a guy that seems to derive an odd pleasure from employing the word 'vomit' in his masterworks. Perhaps too long over at I think our ever stalwart Phil got the V-word, and also was advised his writing shines best when he's tossed back a few. Ah, the noble vision of man- as he should be." I listen to a wide variety of music on Sirius, and I can't help but think of Objectivists while comparing the content on stations such as "Hard Attack" and "Buzzsaw" with that on "Classical Voices" and "Symphony Hall." I find myself asking, "Who in the Objectivist mov
  5. I had a little free time yesterday, so I thought I'd try my hand at outlining a Romantic Realist drama, very loosely inspired by events from reality. So far, I've gotten through Act 1. Criticism is welcomed, as are clever ideas and plot twists for Acts 2 and 3. Karandash Act 1: Pageantry Adventurous Erudito and his swashbuckling friends, Bruciata, Chienne, Gémissement and Oscillez, have been told by their good friends in the village that some of the villagers' loved ones have been brutally tortured while serving time for minor offenses in nearby Karandash prison. Erudito and his gallant pals d
  6. MSK wrote, "I don't think anybody on OL wants to drive a wedge between those two." I agree with Michael. As I said earlier, I like the idea that Hsieh has Perigo on a short leash. I seriously think that it could end up being a very good thing. Right now, it's pretty clear that his staying on Hsieh's good side is more important to him than expressing his "rational passion" about her views on homosexuality. The longer that he remains her obedient little puppy with suboptimal "KASS," the more likely it is that his potty training will be a permanent success (once it becomes second nature for him t
  7. "What could be less 'KASS' than this display of utter limp-dickness?" Good point, Dirk, but let's not be too loud about it. I kind of like the idea that Hsieh has tamed Perigo. Maybe a few months as a deferential eunuch in the House of Hsiehame will be the first step toward his becoming a grown-up. J
  8. Cool. I haven't thought about casting Atlas in a long time. Assuming Pitt and Jolie are Galt and Dagny, here's how I'd see the rest of the cast: Joaquin Phoenix as Hank. Benjamin Bratt or Marco Leonardi as Francisco (I think Banderas is geting to be too old for the part). Paul Bettany as Ragnar. Chris Cooper as Ellis Wyatt. Jeremy Davies as Eddie Willers. Morgan Freeman as Midas Mulligan. Armin Mueller-Stahl as Hugh Akston. Selma Blair as Lillian. Philip Seymour Hoffman as Taggart. Paul Giamatti as Mouch. John C. Reilly as Boyle. Giovanni Ribisi as Philip Rearden. Adrien Brody or David Stratha
  9. Barbara, Do you know if you were looking at an original or a print? Was it anything like these? (El Greco, Van Dyck, Champaigne) J
  10. MSK wrote, "Now Hsieh is a relative newcomer to Perigo’s gang. Her prior endorsement of PARC and hatred of the Brandens is the crucial point cementing their relationship. Everything was going along really hunky-dory in long Branden bashing and TOC bashing threads by the “anointed few,” high-fiving each other’s hatred, until one fine day a couple of weeks ago (maybe a little longer) Firehammer popped up out of nowhere on Hsieh’s site and applauded her for something or the other – I believe it was uhm… Branden bashing or TOC bashing. Cass chimed in shortly thereafter. "I could almost hear the m
  11. I was searching for current exhibitions of Alyssa Monks' work and came across the Sarah Bain Gallery. I thought some here might enjoy it: My favorites:
  12. "Where is Today's Mrs. Miniver? by Michelle Marder Kamhi Attention Hollywood: Are you morally capable of producing the kind of patriotic films about the war against the terrorist that your illustrious predecessors made during World War II?" Is Michelle Marder Kamhi suggesting that artists should create art to serve a primarily utilitarian function -- that of rallying the public to support a specific current political strategy? J
  13. John wrote, "She had developed a particular dislike for the other woman he in fact preferred. In her notes to herself, she seems to say that she could accept being passed over for some other woman, but could never accept being passed over by this particular woman." Yeah, I had read in other forums that Rand saw Patrecia as the lowly "shop girl" type. In fairness I also understand that NB played a part in contributing to that evaluation since he apparently focused on Patrecia's alleged flaws when discussing her with Rand. But then again, if I had been in his situation and Rand had told me that
  14. Charles wrote, "It is not the business of every busy body who thinks he or she is qualified to dictate the nature of a relationship as complex and individual as a marriage. Your role is just that of a citizen and comes into play only when the married couple come into a state of legal disagreement." I'm not advocating the idea that anyone should dictate anything, and I wasn't addressing legal issues, but social ones. I was suggesting that when two people voluntarily request that society recognize their marriage, they have ~invited~ society into that aspect of their lives, and have given up the
  15. I don't think I could choose a single favorite, but in addition to several films mentioned already (Rocky, Godfather, Shawshank, etc.) I'd add a few favorites that I've enjoyed watching over and over again: Awakenings A Beautiful Mind To Kill a Mockingbird Dances With Wolves The World According to Garp Reservoir Dogs Pulp Fiction The Sound of Music My Fair Lady Mulholland Drive Forrest Gump J
  16. In response to my statement on the public nature of marriage, Ellen wrote, "I don't think I actually agree that she made it everyone's business specifically for that reason." What did marriage mean to Rand (initially, not after she had an affair) if not an official, public declaration of an exclusive romantic relationship? Why did she seek to include the public (or society, the state, or however you want to put it) as a participant in the establishment of the status of the relationship in the first place? It seems odd to me that an intense moralist would value and voluntarily attain a form of
  17. I've only read excerpts from Rand's "To Whom It May Concern." I Googled for more, but couldn't find much. In my search I did come across this blog entry from Diana Hsieh which I thought was interesting: I think Hsieh takes a reasonable position in response to what she views as Rand's fabrications and false justifications, but I tend to disagree with her view that the affair was "nobody's business." Rand made it everyone's business when she sought the public sanction of marriage with Frank. She acquired a type of official, legal, publ
  18. Thanks for that, Ellen. I've spent a rather hectic week and a half in Communicado (FL, not TX) and it was nice to have a giggle waiting for me on my return. :-) J
  19. Today I just can't make my pen write I'm drained of all spirit and insight I can write no more (by the way, I wrote four not five, as claimed by John Enright)
  20. There once was slusher named Bissell Who played his pump clear as a whistle In a moment of artifice He posted as Artemis Which caused many an O'ist to bristle There once was a dame named Barbara Who angered a nasty grudge-harborer She snuck out the door During SOLOC4 And got narked on for smokin' a Marlb'ra There once was a lady named Ellen Quite adept at grammar and spellin' She cut through the muddle With notions so subtle They often caused pain in my melon. There once was a fella named Branden His studly young arms he held Rand in They tiddly-winkled But when she got wrinkled Branden abando
  21. I've never used it myself, so I don't know if it offers exactly what you're after, but I've followed links on various sites to files parked at putfile: J
  22. Ellen, I took MSK's advice and read Sciabarra's Notablog review of PARC. In Sciabarra's rejoinder ( to Valliant's reply in the comments section, he quotes Walker's book and offers comments: ----- Valliant admits to using unnamed anonymous sources to corroborate Walker's claims with regard to the break between Kay Nolte Smith and Ayn Rand because Walker is "the only published source" on the subject. Valliant is right that Walker did not invent these claims. But a comparison between Walker's exposition and Valliant's exposition is inst
  23. Thanks for the replies. From the bits and pieces that I've read in comments online about PARC, I understand that Rand's thoughts were directed toward grappling with the mixed signals that she was receiving, but I was expecting that there would also be some self-examination: Rand seriously confronting her own errors, lies or deceptions, and pondering how they may or may not have contributed to the problems that she faced with NB. The righteous tone of Rand's views on topics such as cowardice, second-handers, appeasement, social metaphysics, courage, independence, betrayal, sacrifice, etc. keeps
  24. A few questions for those who have read PARC: Does Rand ever comment, in those sections of her private journals which Valliant selected for publication, why it was important to her to keep The Affair a secret? (Btw, am I remembering correctly that even Rand's closest intellectual associate and legal heir hadn't been informed of the truth by Rand, and that he had to wait to discover it in her private journals after her death?) Does PARC reveal whether or not Rand confessed to having second-hander fear of what others would think about the affair? In her journal entries, does she ponder why she f
  25. Thanks for your responses, Michael and Kat. Perhaps I could have been more clear in outlining the context of our fictional freelancer. She would be in the advanced stages of converting to Official Objectivism, which implies that if the opportunity arose, it would be completely unacceptable to her to even consider taking an assignment, no matter how briefly, as the sole technical rescuer of Barbara or Nathaniel Branden's broken websites. She would see doing so as an unforgivable act of enabling evil. In that context, wouldn't it be odd for her to hold to the view that, as an informed, active Ob