New Rand reading
If you're a regular reader here at Not PC you can't fail to have noticed I have several heroes, one of whom is novelist philosopher Ayn Rand.
Now I'm aware that while many of you are sympathetic to Rand's ideas, you have some reservations. I'm aware too that some of those reservations are based around things you've heard about Rand's personal life. Radio host Leighton Smith, for example, has said a few times that he's attracted to her ideas, but he thinks she's "a bitch."
Nothing could be further from the truth, as two recent additions to the web should prove.
The first recent addition demolishes the source of most of the gossip and innuendo about Rand that people take for the truth -- most of the dirt comes from two self-serving biographies from former associates of Rand who, as author James Valliant demonstrated in his timely tome 'The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics,' cheated her financially, professionally and systematically through nearly all the time they knew her. (You might be interested in my own review of his book.) For those, who don't already have it, James has recently made available the key chapter from his book that closes the lid on any claims these erstwhile biographers have to either veracity or integrity: Chapter Four: The Exploitation of Ayn Rand. If you have any interest at all, it's must-reading to see the character of those who exploited her then, and continue to exploit her memory now.
And here's the other recent bonus, and far more attractive reading: Mary Ann and Charles Sures, who knew and worked closely with Rand and her husband for nearly three decades (that's Rand and husband Frank pictured right), have made their own book-length memoir of recollections of 'Facets of Ayn Rand' available on the net. This is not just well worth reading, it's worth bookmarking and coming back to regularly. Says Mary Ann of the memoirs:
We want to preserve our recollections of Ayn Rand and our evaluation of her. Few people knew her for as long as we did — I for twenty-eight years and Charles for almost twenty. She was an extraordinary thinker and person, and we knew her in both capacities. In the years to come, people will be asking the same question they ask about her today: what was Ayn Rand like as a person, in her private life? We can answer that question...
What we, and many, many others, owe to her is incalculable. But, in addition to that, we have read things about her that give a distorted picture of what she was like. We want to correct the record.
Between them, I'd like to think these two recent additions will not just just correct the record, but help rehabilitate a reputation that never had any right to be tarnished by the smears and innuendo that still put some people off reading Rand further.
|The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics |
by James Valliant
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|Facets of Ayn Rand (Audiofy Digital Audiobook Chips) |
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