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June 10, 2013

JARS: A New Era Begins

As advertised here, here, and here, The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies begins a new era this year: a collaboration with Pennsylvania State University Press, which will manage all aspects of design, production, distribution, and subscription fulfillment, while leaving the Editorial Board in full charge of the intellectual side of this grand adventure. As I state in the "Editor's Introduction: Change and Continuity," which appears in the new July 2013 issue: "In embarking on this new arrangement, the journal unveils a new look, but retains its commitment to introducing new writers to the ever-expanding world of Rand studies." And what a new look it is!

The New JARS!

The new issue, officially Volume 13, Number 1 (Issue #25, July 2013), features all-new essays, by both former contributers and new ones:

Editor's Introduction: Change and Continuity - Chris Matthew Sciabarra

Rand, Paterson, and the Problem of Anarchism - Stephen Cox

Little Prime Movers: The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged as Young Adult Literature - Will Stockton

Reviews

An End to Over and Against: A Review Essay on two recent Rand biographies: Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right, by Jennifer Burns; and Ayn Rand and the World She Made, by Anne C. Heller. Review by Robert L. Campbell

Discussion

Reply to Roger E. Bissell: Perplexing Logic - Dennis C. Hardin

Rejoinder to Dennis C. Hardin: A Guide for the Perplexed - Roger E. Bissell

Readers can access abstracts for the above essays here, and contributor biographies here.

And let me remind readers that Pennsylvania State University Press now offers print-only, online-only, and print-and-online subscriptions; online subscribers will have access to fully searchable essays, along with essays from every back issue published by JARS since its 1999 inception (back issues are already indexed for viewing on JSTOR, and we are now an affiliated journal of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals).

To order or renew subscriptions, fill out the form for mail-in or follow the links for online processing here.

Our year-end issue, due out in December 2013, promises to be even more exciting; it will be significantly larger than our July 2013 PSUP debut, with many provocative essays. Stay tuned! And enjoy...

Also mentioned at the Liberty & Power Group Blog.

June 09, 2013

Song of the Day #1129

Song of the Day: West Side Story ("A Boy Like That" / "I Have a Love"), music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is heard in one of the greatest musicals ever to grace the Broadway stage, made into a huge hit 1961 film. In the musical, the song is a duet between Anita (played by Chita Rivera) and Maria (played by Carol Lawrence). Check out the original soundtrack recording on YouTube here (set to "West Side Pony"), and the wonderful film adaptation here, in which Anita is played by Rita Moreno (who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress) and Maria is played by Natalie Wood (the voices heard on the film recording are actually those of Betty Wand and Marni Nixon, respectively. Tonight, enjoy the Tony Awards.

June 08, 2013

Song of the Day #1128

Song of the Day: Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In, lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, music by Galt MacDermot, is a medley of two songs from "Hair," the Broadway hit that was nominated for a 1969 Tony Award for Best Musical. The track was the first medley to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, performed with an R&B-jazzy groove by The 5th Dimension. As a 9-year old Aquarian, I fell in love with the recording the first time I heard it. In 1969, the Score scored a Grammy for what is now called "Best Musical Theater Album." And this particular medley won a 1970 Grammy for Record of the Year. Check out The 5th Dimension recording on YouTube and each song performed separately by the original Broadway cast: The Age of Aquarius and The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In). Tomorrow, the Tony Awards will be broadcast on CBS.