New Romanticist

O Captain! My Captain! By Walt Whitman

O Captain! My Captain! By Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman composed this elegy, or mourning poem, "O Captain! My Captain!" after Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865. O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done; The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won; The port is near, the bells I...

The Nerve of Foley

The Nerve of Foley

“Foley is typical of the men who work the railroad in Spearman’s universe: tough, good-natured, gloriously effectual.”

Frank Lloyd Wright and The Fountainhead: The Full Story

To what extent (if any) was Ayn Rand’s Howard Roark really Frank Lloyd Wright? The parallels between her fictional hero and an actual architect have, over time, been exaggerated, denied and distorted. This talk by Professor Shoshana Milgram, drawing on Wright’s...

Alive Even at Rest

Alive Even at Rest

A painting recommendation by by Lee Sandstead Ayn Rand opened The Fountainhead with these lines: "He stood naked at the edge of a cliff...He felt the wind behind him, in the hollow of his spine...He had come here for his only relaxation, to swim, to rest, to think, to...

Linda Mann’s Paintings

Linda Mann’s Paintings

By Lee Sandstead Regarding art, Ayn Rand wrote that one's psycho-epistemological sense of life is "an expression of that level of mental functioning on which the artist feels most at home."1 Is consciousness active or passive? Is it efficacious or not? The answers to...

Olympic Gold All Around Gymnast Paul Hamm: Only Human

Olympic Gold All Around Gymnast Paul Hamm: Only Human

Paul Hamm’s quest for gold is an example of what makes a human being human: the ability to apply ones’ mind in concentrated physical effort over an extended period of time to achieve a long-range goal in the face of obstacles

Pianist Stephen Siek on Rachmaninoff and Ayn Rand

Pianist Stephen Siek on Rachmaninoff and Ayn Rand

One evening–I must have been about 19–I stumbled on a lengthy piece in an old Saturday Evening Post, and read with interest about her enjoyment of Hugo and Spillane. But since, at that time, I had read neither author, the discussion remained a bit abstract. However, I could scarcely believe my eyes when I read that her favorite composer was Rachmaninoff.

Sandra Shaw on Sex in Sculpture

Sandra Shaw on Sex in Sculpture

Understanding our sexual/romantic potential is important for us as conceptual beings. Sexuality is crucially important for our ability to celebrate our very existence–to enjoy our lives and to establish a personal identity as such.

Tore Boeckmann on Drama

Tore Boeckmann on Drama

The Editor of Ayn Rand’s Art of Fiction talks about Drama, Literature, and Romanticism.

Pin It on Pinterest