Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Really!?!?!? This is so self centered...but totally explains why Howard and Dominique are the heros of this book and totally explains why I cannot see them as such.
He said "no, but I am familiar with Ayn Rand's philosophy"
My response "errr?!" Ok, time to use the World Wide Web!
The Ayn Rand Institute is located at my Alma Mater UC Irvine. Her philosophy is Objectivism.
The following is a short description of Objectivism given by Ayn Rand in 1962.
At a sales conference at Random House, preceding the publication of Atlas Shrugged, one of the book salesmen asked me whether I could present the essence of my philosophy while standing on one foot. I did as follows:
Metaphysics Objective Reality
If you want this translated into simple language, it would read:
2. “You can’t eat your cake and have it, too.”
3. “Man is an end in himself.”
4. “Give me liberty or give me death.”
If you held these concepts with total consistency, as the base of your convictions, you would have a full philosophical system to guide the course of your life. But to hold them with total consistency—to understand, to define, to prove and to apply them—requires volumes of thought. Which is why philosophy cannot be discussed while standing on one foot—nor while standing on two feet on both sides of every fence. This last is the predominant philosophical position today, particularly in the field of politics.
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Frankly, I find "God is Love" much simpler. But I will give Ayn a bit more of my time.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Let me tell you about the first two:
Adrianna Trigianni is one of my all time favorite authors. I just finished "Very Valentine" and "Brava Valentine." I LOVE when a I come late to a series so they are all there, no waiting for the author to finish the sequel.
Valentine Roncalli works in the family shoe business Angelinni Shoes, in Grennwich. The character is so rich and believable (written in first person) that you feel like it is autobiographical. You learn the details of making fine shoes, you get to live in a brown stone in Greenwich, and travel to Tuscany, Naples and the island of Capri. There is family to fight with and love, and a restraunt owner to socialize with....what more could you want! (AND... we meet an old friend in this book, very nostalgic!)