9thdoctor Posted December 7, 2009 Share Posted December 7, 2009 This applies to Burns and Heller, but I think ought to have its own thread. His comments are in today’s podcast, they start at 7 1/2 minutes in.Q: Do you plan to read either of the new Ayn Rand biographies?A: NO! I won’t read any of them, EVER! Q: Do you have any advice in this regard for others?A: Yes, do the same. I have had enough experience in my years of what these people write, uh, I’ve authorized one, um, biography, and its in the works and some day hopefully, uh, will be done, but my experience has been SO HORRENDOUS, with so many people interested in doing a biography that I just stay away from it entirely. Uh, the dishonesty of the people, you know they start with an interview and in the old days I interviewed then I quickly stopped. But now, this is the kind of thing I get, um, somebody wrote with one of these biographies, and we wrote back a form letter saying, hiss hiss, the Estate of Ayn Rand has no, uh you know what, dealings, er, or correspondence with any biographer. That’s it, a form letter, better worded than that. And the book came out, in the acknowledgements, thanked the Estate of Ayn Rand for its correspondence. So, ha ha. Here’s another one, the archives of the institute, I think this is one of the current ones, have, are, are open to anybody in the universe. They’re not restricted to Objectivists, eh, so anybody can get in. So somebody apparently, one of these biographers has in her blog, either thank you or I don’t know, Dr. Peikoff has approved my access to the archives. So, the whole thing is too disgusting to be imagined. That’s my view. This is not even to say, oh I’ll take it back, I don’t even want to start with it. Ok this is a good jump from these biographies to the concept of disease. Cough Cough....He goes on to the next question, which is on the morality of quarantines. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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