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June 30, 2007

Song of the Day #814

Song of the Day: Blue Moon, music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, is just the right song to pick today, the occasion of the Blue Moon. There's a classic Frankie Lane-Michel Legrand rendition of this song (but no audio clip). But there are so many other renditions from which to choose: Ella Fitzgerald, Django Reinhardt and Coleman Hawkins, Mel Torme, The Marcels, and Sha Na Na. And as this past week marked the 38th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the birth of the modern gay liberation movement, check out the Blue Moon Resort, the Blue Moon Cafe, and the Blue Moon B&B.

June 29, 2007

Joel Siegel, RIP

Beloved film critic, Joel Siegel, passed away today at the age of 63, after a battle with colon and lung cancer. I remember him as one of the members of the WABC-TV "Eyewitness News" team. He went on to regular appearances on "Good Morning America" and always gave us a thrill with his pre-Oscar telecasts.

I will truly miss his presence on television; he made me laugh and often touched me with his insight.

June 25, 2007

Atlas Shrugged Companion Published

I have finally received my own copy of a new book edited by Edward W. Younkins entitled Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged: A Philosophical and Literary Companion, published by Ashgate. I understand the book is already going into a second printing. It includes contributions from writers such as Douglas B. Rasmussen, Fred Seddon, Lester H. Hunt, Tibor R. Machan, Roderick T. Long, Mimi Reisel Gladstein, Jeff Riggenbach, Kirsti Minsaas, Roger E. Bissell, Peter J. Boettke, Larry J. Sechrest, Steven Horwitz, Karen Michalson, Peter Saint-Andre, Susan Love Brown, Robert L. Campbell, Stephen Cox, Douglas J. Den Uyl, Walter Block, and, of course, Ed Younkins too. Oh, and I have a contribution in the book, published as Chapter 2, entitled "Atlas Shrugged: Manifesto for a New Radicalism," which expands upon dialectical themes I've explored in previous works, especially my reconstruction of Rand's social analysis as a "tri-level model."

New Atlas Shrugged Companion Published

I noticed that all of the contributors mentioned above have something in common... they have all been published in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies! And some of them are either editors or advisors to the journal. (The Spring 2007 issue will be out a little late; I will post its contents and the cover design on my blog before too long.)

In any event, I have not read the new Younkins anthology yet, but the range of topics, from the philosophical, political, and aesthetic to the literary, economic, and historical, is quite impressive. The book's appearance coincides with the 50th anniversary year of the publication of Rand's magnum opus.

Cross-posted at L&P.

June 21, 2007

Song of the Day #813

Song of the Day: Summer Me, Winter Me, music by Michel Legrand, lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, greets the Summer Solstice, which arrives at 2:06 p.m., Eastern time. And a belated happy birthday to the maestro, Michel Legrand, who is celebrating his 75th birthday year (and whose trailblazing "Legrand Jazz" was recorded in June 1958). I adore a Sarah Vaughan rendition of this lovely song (but can't find any audio clips of it online, except on Rhapsody). Listen to audio clips by Barbra Streisand, Ranee Lee, Frank Sinatra, and Legrand hmself. And Happy Summer!

June 10, 2007

Song of the Day #812

Song of the Day: What I Did For Love, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, is one of the highlights from Michael Bennett's "A Chorus Line," among my favorite Broadway productions. The musical, which made its debut in 1975, is nominated for a Tony Award for "Best Revival of a Musical." Before watching the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards this evening, listen to audio clips of renditions of this song from the original cast album, the revival, and artists as diverse as Grace Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck.

June 09, 2007

You Go, Girl!

Congratulations to "Rags to Riches" ... first Filly to win the Belmont Stakes in 102 years!

June 01, 2007

Song of the Day #811

Song of the Day: With a Little Help From My Friends, words and music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," which turns 40 today. A classic, this Beatles song has been recorded by many other artists as well, including Joe Cocker and Brasil 66 (audio clips at those links).