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Poems I Like and Why by Leonard Peikoff

“Dr. Peikoff discusses the value of poetry and its capacity for enriching your life. Encouraging his listeners to “renounce your fear” of poetry, he blends dramatic readings with analysis, using his personal favorites as a window on the world of poetry. He gives as examples poems by Nash, Kipling, Wordsworth, Tennyson, and others. He also discusses the nature and definition of poetry.” This talk was recorded in 1999 at Second Renaissance Conference in Lake Tahoe, California.

Leonard Peikoff Presents “Viennese Operetta: My Virtual Reality

Serious values in a fun world Dr. Leonard Peikoff, author of Objectivism The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, The Cause of Hiter’s Germany, and many other books, lectures, and courses, discusses the essential features of Viennese operetta, including story, music, philosophic meaning, and the unique integration of this art form: serious values in a fun world. This talk was given live on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at the Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel in Newport Beach, California.

A Chapter a Day of Les Misérables with Lisa Van Damme

Given the “filtering” and “canceling” by Facebook of non politically correct messages, many people have asked whether Lisa VanDamme, Founder VanDamme Academy and Read With Me, would deliver her popular day-to-day thoughts on the 365 chapters of Les Misérables outside of Facebook. Lisa has announced that: “I am delighted to share that there is now a web site for the project that will be updated every day with my commentary. You can follow along at”

Pianist Stephen Siek on Rachmaninoff and Ayn Rand

One evening–I must have been about 19–I stumbled on a lengthy piece in an old Saturday Evening Post, and read with interest about her enjoyment of Hugo and Spillane. But since, at that time, I had read neither author, the discussion remained a bit abstract. However, I could scarcely believe my eyes when I read that her favorite composer was Rachmaninoff.

Dina Schein on Ayn Rand, Victor Hugo, and Analyzing a Work of Fiction

New Romanticist: Who is Dina Schein? Dina Schein : I will be getting my Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas in the fall. My dissertation is on the topic of egoism. I was a member of the first graduating class of the Objectivist Graduate Center of the Ayn Rand Institute in the mid 1990s. A number of years ago I have read all the correspondence that Ayn Rand’s Russian family wrote to her in the 1920s and ’30s. This was an ARI Archives project; I summarized each letter and translated some of them (I am a native speaker… Read More »Dina Schein on Ayn Rand, Victor Hugo, and Analyzing a Work of Fiction

Tore Boeckmann on Drama

The Editor of Ayn Rand’s Art of Fiction talks about Drama, Literature, and Romanticism.

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