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  1. “I started collecting stamps when I was ten years old,” wrote 69 year old Ayn Rand in blue ink on blue paper, where she proclaimed her passion for philately on a heavily annotated and corrected 16-page manuscript (“Why I Like Stamp Collecting”) offered for sale at The New York Antiquarian Book Fair, the granddaddy of all book fairs. This manuscript along with other Rand treasures bedazzled the Fair, where Ayn Rand commanded record-breaking prices. My reconnaissance — to locate every Ayn Rand offering – began on Friday with my friend Don Hauptman, who introduced me to Tony Freyberg of Quaker H
  2. I met Dr. Branden only once, in 1997, on the occasion of the 40 Anniversary celebration of Atlas. Like the full-time collector I am, I nabbed him as he was returning to his seat after a trip to the men's room, asking him to sign a number of books, articles, LP's that I'd hunted down and brought with me. His abundantly glowing smile reminded me of Francisco. He even expressed surprise upon seeing a few items (e.g., the LP, "Nathaniel Branden Discusses Teenagers Questions on Sex") which he'd not seen in decades. He was curious about my collection, asked a number of pointed questions, and invited
  3. I agree Brant. It sounds as though it might be an earlier version of "The Intellectual Bankruptcy of our Age" addressed specifically to undergrads. Still, would love to know more from someone who's heard it or has a recording.
  4. Yes Mikee Found that this morning and already devoured it. Mentions both Queens College and the Runge Torigian Newsletter, but doesn't expand details.
  5. Today is the first time I've looked at this thread. I'm appalled upon reading that only AR's works from The Objectivist Newsletter and The Objectivist were included on the research CD-ROM. Without the "full context" of the complete publications, a person who wasn't there then would be at a loss to acquire a proper sense of what it was like then, as the ideas and the Objectivist culture were developed in process, month by month, with new articles appearing -- or to acquire a sense of the extent to which especially Nathaniel's articles were crucial to the world view in formation. Are the origina
  6. Hello Kat Might it be possible to include a link to my web site, PEN ULTIMATE RARE BOOKS, somewhere on this list? PURB has the world's single largest collection of Ayn Rand manuscripts, signed books, and first editions. Additionally, its holdings include books, articles, LP's written or recorded about Rand. PURB also sells other signed first editions of books by other authors which may interest Rand's readers and collectors. Here's the link: Thank you, Michael
  7. Collectors of rare books and manuscripts, it has been said, are the custodians of history. Anyone interested in building or supplementing an Ayn Rand and/or rare book collection, please check out the link below: Thank you, Michael PEN ULTIMATE RARE BOOKS. "Hers was, indeed, the Pen Ultimate."
  8. When this article appeared in The Voice of Reason, edited by Leonard Peikoff, Rand's original text was altered to read as follows: Stolen Concept On stolen concept, I found the following reference by Ayn Rand in the "Forward" of "Introduction To Objectivist Epistemology," The Objectivist (July 1966): In the Meridian 1990 Expanded Second Edition, edited by Harry Binswanger and Leonard Peikoff, the same paragraph reads as follows: Note from Michael: This 1990 version of ITOE is the only one I have at present, but I will go on the presumption that this paragraph was given the same way in the 1
  9. More greetings from Manhattan Morning (afernoon or evening) to all. I've been away a spell, hunting down rare Ayn Rand works and cataloging them on my web site. Good to be back in NYC. During my search, I came across two pieces of information which interest me and which I hadn't known of. First, I learned that c 1960, Rand gave a talk at Queens College here in NYC entitled "The Twentieth century Revolt against Reason". While she used that phrase ("revolt against reason") to describe the 20C, there is no reprint of that talk anywhere in her published works. Does anyone know more about this spee
  10. I would believe that "growing up Italian" would be framed by where your ancestors originated from in Italy and where you grew up here in New York. A... Do your parents speak Italian in the home? I imagine, but know not, that that'd be "growing up Italian" (in America). --Brant Yes, Italian was spoken in our home, or rather Siciliano. And yes, I meant growing up Italian American in New Jersey whence I originate. The office of The Ayn Rand Letter was only a 30 cent Path Train ride away. I would go spend my allowance there every week and buy all those back issues of TON, TOM, and TARL. I'd often
  11. What better way to show what happens when "Atlas shrugs" than by showing a container holding hot molten steel "shrugging"? Michael, that hadn't occurred to me. Excellent observation!
  12. I loved the dynamiting at 16 and still do decades later. With the help of a great high school teacher, Mrs. Johnston, I realized that Roark was blasting away the doctrines of collectivism, altruism, and all those "maudlin slogans, mawkish pleas, and ponderous volumes of verbal rat-traps" that build Cortlandt.
  13. Thanks Brant. Haven't read Ninety Three, but will after I finish The Anarchist Bastard, written by a friend of mine. Makes for light poolside reading about growing up Italian. .
  14. I seem to have minority status here (and I don't mean b/c I'm gay). I think Rand was a great novelist. We the Living (which I reread only recently) The Fountainhead (my all-time favorite) and Atlas are all great novels. In case anyone wonders, my idea of another great non-Rand novel is Stendhal's The Red and the black. Loved GWTW as well. Yes I know she mentioned GWTW, but not Stendhal to my knowledge. I enjoy Stuart Woods stories as well, but I wouldn't say they're great novels. And while I never heard of Rand's expressing opinions of herself as a novelist, if what Barbara Branden wrote in
  15. My pleasure Pen! I am not aware that Rand ever did evaluate herself as a novelist, do you have more info on this? very intriguing! Carol I was mistaken about your reason for doubting Rand's assessment of herself. Rand never did publicly evaluate herself as a novelist in her essays or elsewhere. At a FHF Q&A, she was once asked why. She replied--I am not quoting her here, but I recall the essence--that as a critic, it's proper to exclude your own work from the criticism. Of course, this did not prevent her from comparing 'style" in Thomas Woolf to herself. But there (in "Basic Principles of