Ayn Rand’s Paradox

With Paul Ryan’s ascent to the Republican ticket, Ayn Rand returned to contemporary political conversation. Her artistic abilities aside – she has all the weaknesses of Wordsworth’s Romantics with none

Mommy of Frankenstein

I almost forgot about this. There’s now a book that teaches kids how not to fear their new Plastic Post-Op moms. Rod Dreher no likey: What kind of message is

Methusela Morality

At Reason’s Hit & Run, Ronald Bailey praises the latest prophet of beating this thing called death: In his column, “It’s not immoral to want to be immortal,” brilliant University

An Obama Hangover. Already?

That’s the question of the week. Ross, Matt, Peter, and Ezra weigh in. I’ll take Ezra’s closing thoughts as my jumping-off point: Obama’s empathy is of a more cerebral variety

We Had to Burn Laura to Save Her

Sonny wants to burn Nabokov’s last book. When it comes to trashing great artists’ final achievements, I’m usually opposed on principle, even if it means permitting their heirs to cash