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March Winds, April Showers, May Flowers and a Book in June

No, no, I haven't died just because I've not posted on Notablog since March 29th. I've been working very hard with my co-editors, Roger E. Bissell and Edward W. Younkins, to finish the job of proofreading and preparing The Dialectics of Liberty: Exploring the Context of Human Freedom, due out on June 15, 2019 from Lexington Books. I'll have lots more information to share about the book, our plans for an extended moderated discussion of its contents in the fall, and all the special marketing we have planned to spread the word with regard to this trailblazing volume that includes the contributions of nineteen wonderful scholars.

They are already advertising it on the Lexington Books site and on amazon.com, but don't let the sticker price shock you. We have ways of bringing the volume to the masses; stay tuned.

In the meanwhile, I wanted to extend my appreciation to both Stephen Cox and Mario Rizzo for their kind blurbs in support of the project. Stephen writes:

The Dialectics of Liberty is a remarkably wide-ranging study of libertarian ideas, conducted by writers of great authority but of different views and approaches. Mature yet lively, it is full of surprises. If you want to know the state of libertarian thought right now, you will need to read this book.
--- Stephen Cox, University of California, San Diego

And Mario writes:

This stimulating collection maps out exciting new directions in the philosophy of liberty. The essays are authored by some of the best minds in scholarly libertarian thought today. Whether you are a libertarian or not, you will find many important---and challenging---ideas developed here. An important and lively book.
--- Mario Rizzo, New York University


I'm struck by the fact that both gentlemen use the word "lively"---and if anything that's one word that definitely describes the book's contents. In fact, it's "Big Tent" approach, encompassing so many different perspectives, will lead some readers to smile with glee while reading one essay, only to be challenged not to throw the book against the nearest wall while reading the very next essay. Get ready, folks. We're in for a lively summer and an even livelier fall, when we intend to begin a more formal discussion of the book's contents.

On top of all this, I'm also in the midst of proofing the copyedited essays for the forthcoming July 2019 issue of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies; it too will be a lively issue---and it will be announced with yet a new incarnation of our ever-growing website in the near future.

If this isn't enough for you, then take a look at Anoop Verma's blog entry today, "On Ayn Rand's Clean Shaven Acolytes," wherein Anoop quotes a passage from my book, Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical, explaining some of the deep divides within the Russian culture of Rand's youth that pitted the "beards" against the "non-beards." (I remarked on Facebook that I once sported a mustache, but I didn't shave it off because of any Randian maxim: I started to see, uh, blond (gray?) streaks in my facial hair, and decided to carry a little less weight on my face. Always young at heart, even if my body is hanging onto its youth by a hair, out came the razor ... )

So that's the update from your Notablog reporter; I'll be back as soon as I get all these important chores done! On deadline!