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Forthcoming Work

Readers may notice that I've had a lot of songs posted to my Notablog recently. I keep the music flowing, daily, even if circumstances sometimes get in the way of regular, more "substantive" posting (though I do encourage readers to take a look at my "Song of the Day" listings, like the one today that marks the Stonewall Riots.)

Among the circumstances currently preoccupying me: My editing of the Fall 2005 Journal of Ayn Rand Studies (JARS), which will include a new essay by me detailing the results of my investigation of new material unearthed from Russian archives on Ayn Rand's secondary school and university education. It is entitled "The Rand Transcript, Revisited," and is a sequel both to "The Rand Transcript" and Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical. And it has a few interesting historical curiosities and surprises...

It is only natural that I've been spending a bit more time on Rand Studies over the past year or so, given my own scholarship in this area, the Rand Centenary, the JARS Centenary issues (I and II), and the upcoming tenth anniversary (in August) of Russian Radical, for which I've authored several reflections that will appear in such publications as Liberty, The Freeman, and The Free Radical. Also forthcoming: my essay, "Atlas Shrugged: Manifesto for a New Radicalism," in Atlas Shrugged: A Philosophical and Literary Companion, edited by Edward W. Younkins (Ashgate, Spring 2007); and my essay on "The Growing Industry in Rand Scholarship," in Philosophers of Capitalism, also edited by Edward W. Younkins (Rowman & Littlefield, Spring 2006). In addition, I've authored a brief encyclopedia entry on Rand for The Encyclopedia of the Counterculture and separate entries on Rand and Nathaniel Branden for The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Finally, I'm writing a rather comprehensive critical essay on James Valliant's book, The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics; the essay, which will most likely be pubilshed in July as a Notablog exclusive, will deal with larger issues of historiography, biography, and Rand scholarship.

In the midst of all this, I've been interviewed by French researcher Sébastien Caré, who is preparing a doctoral dissertation on the libertarian movement in the United States; Caré has given me permission to post our exchange on Notablog. It will most likely be published here during the week of August 14th.

August 14, 1995 is actually the date that the second book of my "Dialectics and Liberty" trilogy, Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical, was published... ahead of my first book, Marx, Hayek, and Utopia, which was published on August 18, 1995. It's a long story how this came to be; I discuss aspects of it in the various aforementioned reflections, which will be featured online in due course.

Other interviews are also scheduled, including one that will be published in Ama-Gi, the Hayek Society Journal of the London School of Economics. The interview, of course, is Hayek-centered, dealing with my own "dialectical libertarian" approach, which is the focus of the "Dialectics and Liberty" trilogy that culminated in 2000 with the publication of Total Freedom: Toward a Dialectical Libertarianism.

Other forthcoming publications include essays on "Karl Marx" and "libertarianism" that will appear in the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology.

Finally, for those who have checked my "Forthcoming" page, and who have asked me for a progress report: My research and study of Aleksandr Blok, the great Russian Symbolist writer whom Rand named as her favorite poet, is a long way off from completion. And my continuing work with Bertell Ollman on the history of dialectical thinking is ongoing. I don't anticipate any publication of either of these projects in the near future.

I want to thank my Notablog readers for their continuing support. I value the comments I receive publicly and privately. Given ongoing complications from a serious life-long illness, however, it takes me a bit longer to respond nowadays. Because of these limitations, I've cutback rather dramatically on my posting to other Internet and Usenet forums and other blogs. And I will be unable to offer my Cyberseminar in the 2005-2006 academic year. I hope to offer that long-distance learning class again at some point in the future, and will post an update when the time comes.

Just know that I'm working very hard and doing the best that I can.

Thanks again for your warm wishes.

Comments welcome.

Comments

"Just know that I'm working very hard and doing the best that I can"
Chris, it's touching that feel the need to say this, but it's hardly necessary -- we know it already! You rock Chris.

"I'm writing a rather comprehensive critical essay on James Valliant's book, The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics; the essay, which will most likely be pubilshed in July as a Notablog exclusive, will deal with larger issues of historiography, biography, and Rand scholarship."

Chris, you ~know~ that we are all salivating, in intense anticipation of reading your thorough dissection of Valliant's book!

Roger Bissell

Hang in there Chris.

Chris,

These other posters have already said much of what I wanted to.

Even when, in the face of adversity, you're "doing the best that [you] can," you're running circles around most other people! With your level of work, you're an inspiration - and would be, even if you weren't triumphing in the face of such adversity!

All that you're working on sounds interesting. I share Roger Bissell's interest in your forthcoming discussion of the Valliant book, which I read recently. "The Rand Transcript, Revisited," sounds fascinating, too.

Keep up the good work - especially the good work of taking good care of yourself!

Energetically,

Vid Axel

Chris,

That's quite a workload you have there, your dedication never fails to impress.

As busy as you are, can you find a way to 'squeeze' in some time as an advisor to Steinbrenner?

George

Chris,

For someone who is cutting back, you remain remarkably prolific! Your forthcoming projects all sound fantastic.

Keep up the great work.

Cameron.

Folks, thanks for all your encouragement. I confess I posted this entry by necessity. I've simply be deluged with so much email that it has been almost impossible to keep up with it and to continue working at a productive pace. Of course, this post seems to have generated some email too, offlist, and I just wanted to thank everybody for their good wishes and concern. I'll get to all of your messages when I can.

There may be some weeks that I will not have any access to my computer in the coming months due to a variety of health- and non-health related issues. Should that happen, I'll probably post-date my "Songs of the Day" ... to keep the music going. :) Like a radical of another stripe (Emma Goldman) once said: "If I can't dance I don't want to be in your revolution."

As for the other stuff:

The Valliant review has been a long-time coming; in truth, I only finished the book recently---and could not, and would not, say much about it until I had the opportunity to take-in the whole context. Now that I've read it, collected my notes, and refreshed my memory of some other works in the corpus, I'm preparing the review essay. It will be very extensive and free-wheeling---if only because I think it will give me the opportunity, as I suggested, to deal with larger issues of historiography, biography, and specifically ~Rand~ scholarship.

George, as for Mr. Steinbrenner---my advice to him would be to LAY OFF the team, stop trying to make it "better" and refurbish his farm system. I feel like it's the 1980s' New York Yankees all over again. ARRGHHHHHHHHHH

In any event, thanks again to all.

Cheers,
Chris

Chris,

I echo the sentiments of other posters in saying there was really no need for you to post this ;-) The work that you do is valued and appreciated - all the more so because you've overcome so many problems in order to do it.

MH