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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER (30 January 2005)

(Arts & Entertainment Section, Sunday paper)

Assessing Rand at Centenary

Carlin Romano

Literary critic Romano discusses the impact of Ayn Rand on the occasion of the Centenary of her birth.

In this essay, Romano cites Sciabarra's work:  "Even studies in academe - the sector of America most [resistant] to Rand in her lifetime - are increasing. Ayn Rand:  The Russian Radical by Chris Matthew Sciabarra (Penn State, 1995) argued that Russian ideology influenced Rand more than previously understood. What Art Is: The Aesthetic Theory of Ayn Rand by Louis Torres and Michelle Kamhi (Open Court, 2000), thoroughly explored her philosophy of art. The most recent multivolume encyclopedia of philosophy, from Routledge, included an entry on her.

"According to Branden's biography, Rand liked to be called 'Fluff' by O'Connor, her beloved husband of 50 years. Given how her career turned out, no one would dare try that now. At her funeral, a 6-foot-high dollar sign marked the coffin. Conversion rates aside, she's still in the money."


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