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Her Better Judgment: Ayn Rand, Theodore Dreiser, and the Shape of the American Novel, Part 1

April 23, 2018 Part 1—Antipathy It is difficult to think of two American authors more antithetical than Ayn Rand... Read more...

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Self Pride Matters

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Man and Nature in The Fountainhead

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Flight Simulators that Teach Our Young How Not to Fly

January 16, 2018 In 2011, the New York Times posed this question as a headline, “Can a... Read more...

Keeping Your “Should Do’s” In Their Place

December 20, 2017 The holidays will pile on many more “shoulds” on your already full plate. I should do this… I... Read more...

The Temple of Life

December 20, 2017 I stand outside the temple, waiting. Is it holier to be inside? I wonder. My friends are inside.... Read more...
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