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Member Spotlight: Jaroslav Romanchuk

Romanchuk has been involved with The Atlas Society since the 1990s. He spoke with me from his home in Minsk via Zoom.

May 22, 2020
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Marilyn Moore
5 Mins
Member Spotlight: Alan J. Dlugash, CPA

I started in accounting at the age of six. My father saw me doing arithmetic homework and said, “Why do you need to solve made up problems?” So he gave me his business ledgers and had me add up the columns.

May 15, 2020
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Marilyn Moore
8 Mins
Rand Rising: A Member Spotlight with Jennifer Bukowsky

Editor’s Note: Members and friends of The Atlas Society provide us with a wealth of wisdom. Atlas Society supporter Jennifer Bukowsky is an

Mar 3, 2020
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Marilyn Moore
7 Mins
THE LAST DECADE: My Glorious Failures

We all love to announce publicly our most glorious moments and accomplishments. However, a life best lived is a hero’s journey, a journey

Feb 25, 2020
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Agnieszka Pilat
6 Mins
Icarus: How Visual Artists Such as Myself and Bryan Larsen Steal, Borrow, and Originate

Myths, legends, and stories infiltrate our collective and individual consciousness, and the same holds true for the visual arts. The myth of Icarus, who flew too high then crashed and burned, was mentioned by Apollodorus around 150 BC and has since shown up countless times in visual art.

Feb 12, 2020
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Michael Newberry
8 Mins
Make America Grateful Again: An Antidote to Envy and Entitlement

Thank you so very much for inviting me. I know the relationship between Objectivists and Libertarians hasn’t always been smooth. Ayn Rand famously called libertarians “the hippies of the right.”

Jan 17, 2020
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Jennifer A. Grossman
8 Mins
“Ayn Rand Was ‘Born’ Here: Rand’s Chicago Roots”

Thank you so much, Stuart and Elise, and yes, a special, special thank you to Elise. I empathize with what it’s like to be a part of an

Dec 17, 2019
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Jennifer A. Grossman
5 Mins
The Cult of Oblivion: CIA, Abstract Expressionists, and Kant

From the cave paintings of the Horses’ Heads to figurative art today, visual art is about perception and subject. We artists, and our anien

Dec 9, 2019
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Michael Newberry
7 Mins
The Art of Plotting

“’The king died, and then the queen died,’ is a [chronicle] story, while ‘The king died, and then the queen died of grief,’ is a plot.”...

Mar 13, 2019
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Vinay Kolhatkar
10 Mins
Her Better Judgment: Ayn Rand, Theodore Dreiser, and the Shape of the American Novel, Part 4

As Dreiser depicts them, Clyde Griffiths and Roberta Alden are not lovers so much as they are victims. Biology and society conspire against

May 14, 2018
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Marilyn Moore
10 Mins
Her Better Judgment: Ayn Rand, Theodore Dreiser, and the Shape of the American Novel, Part 3

Dreiser’s Hortense Briggs and Rand’s Rita Eksler are both femmes fatales, but whereas Dreiser seethes with resentment that such a girl exist

May 7, 2018
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Marilyn Moore
5 Mins
Venus of the Planets

Decades ago at 2:30 a.m. on a back street in La Jolla, I was arrested driving my mom’s ’68 Firebird 400 convertible. I had our tiny mutts

Feb 12, 2018
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Michael Newberry
5 Mins
Smacking Down Postmodern Art

It is rare in our contemporary postmodern culture that its representatives get a smack down. But that is what happened with the Tyler Shield

Jun 5, 2017
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Michael Newberry
4 Mins
Of Nudes and Knowledge

One of the more poetic events in The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is when the protagonist, Howard Roark comes to watch Dominique posing naked fo

May 23, 2017
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Michael Newberry
10 Mins
Art and Judgment

Over three decades ago, in 1982, I booked a private telephone consultation with an Objectivist philosopher (associated now with the Ayn Rand

Apr 28, 2017
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Michael Newberry
5 Mins
Henryk Sienkiewicz and the Climax of Romanticism

There was a time, when Ayn Rand’s new essays came out monthly and, as often as not, mentioned or enthusiastically recommended some writer

Apr 22, 2017
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Walter Donway
6 Mins
Support Art, Cut NEA

At this time I was working summers to pay for my art education, and I had painted a large still life, and I still remember how proud I was

Feb 2, 2017
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Michael Newberry
5 Mins
The Talent Myth

While friends and family often compliment my artwork by commenting on my natural talent, people in the artistic community generally avoid th

Aug 24, 2016
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Agnieszka Pilat
4 Mins
Five Ayn Rand Questions for John J. Enright

I'm an IT consultant, playwright, and poet. In 2015, my comedy, "O'Brien & O'Brian", was part of the New York International...

Jun 6, 2016
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2 Mins
Five Ayn Rand Questions for Michael Newberry

I grew up on the beach and have been an artist ever since. I’m a figurative artist and my work explores light, love, and appreciation...

Jun 4, 2016
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