Archive for May, 2012

TUE Jun 5 – The Fountainhead Session 6

If you plan to attend next Tuesday but have not yet let me know, please do so by replying to this email.  Thanks, Jackie

WHEN:
TUESDAY, June 5, 2012 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
The Fountainhead Session 6
We are discussing Ayn Rand’s epic novel The Fountainhead in one session per month in 2012.

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

READINGS:
The Fountainhead, Part 2, Chapters 4-6
Pages 237-271 in the Centennial Edition
Pages 248-282 in the Bobbs-Merrill hardback
Pages 226-258 in the Signet paperback

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: by John Kannarr
The Fountainhead

Part II – Ellsworth M. Toohey

Chapter IV [pp. 248-257;pp. 226-235]

1. “In Gertrude Stein’s writing every word lives and, apart from concept, it is so exquisitely rhythmical and cadenced that if we read it aloud and receive it as pure sound, it is like a kind of sensuous music. Just as one may stop, for once, in a way, before a canvas of Picasso, and, letting one’s reason sleep for an instant, may exclaim: “It is a fine pattern!” so, listening to Gertrude Steins’ words and forgetting to try to understand what they mean, one submits to their gradual charm.”

– Mabel Dodge Luhan, Speculations, or Post-Impressionists in Prose, 1913, borrowed from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Stein

No question, here. Just added this quote for comparison to Lois Cook! Let one’s reason sleep, indeed! [248-250;226-228]

2. Has Toohey completely destroyed any appreciation of value and self in Catherine? What similarities are there between Toohey and Katie here and James Taggart and Cherryl in Atlas Shrugged? What differences? [250-255;228-232]

3. Is Keating’s character on a par with Cook’s, or Toohey’s? [255-257;232-235]

Chapter V [258-266;pp. 235-243]

4. Why does Dominique change her mind about quitting her job at the Banner? [258-259;235-236]

5. What contradiction does Toohey catch Dominique in? [259-260;236-237]

6. What are the defining characteristics of Toohey’s group of young “builders,” if any? [261-266;237-243]

7. For long periods in the novel, Roark appears only indirectly, with brief mentions of events in his career and references to his character. What other techniques used in this novel (honed here, perhaps?) did Rand use more dramatically in Atlas Shrugged? [235-266;226-243]

Chapter VI [pp. 267-282 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 243-258 Signet paperback]

8. In what ways are Roger Enright and Roark alike? In what ways are they different? [267-268;243-245]

9. Roark seems to want Dominique bound to him in humiliating ways and that it would be a form of mastery over her. Is this consistent with the general message about Roark as an independent being, neither slave nor master of others? [268-269;245]

10. What seems to be the secret of Joel Sutton’s presumed success? Who are his analogues in Atlas Shrugged? [269-270;245-247]

11. Why is Kiki Holcombe’s first impression of Roark one of insolence? Why is her reaction to Roark different from her reaction to the things Toohey says? [270-274;247-250]

12. What do we learn from Keating is his secret of success with people? What does that tell us about him? [278;254]

13. Both Dominique and Toohey remain focused on Roark as he circulates through the party attendees, but for very different reasons. What are the assessments and concerns of each? [279-282;255-258]

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
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QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
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SAT May 12 – Atlas Shrugged 50 Years Later

WHEN:
SATURDAY, May 19, 2012 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
Atlas Shrugged 50 Years Later
Talk at FreeMinds 2009 by Edward Hudgins
July 9, 2009 filling in for Stephen Moore

READING:
Article in the Wall Street Journal January 9, 2009
‘Atlas Shrugged’: From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years
By Stephen Moore
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123146363567166677.html

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

ABSTRACT:
Hudgins discusses the parallels between Atlas Shrugged and the world today, including the economic carnage, the moral carnage and the evasion of reality.  He ends on a positive note with Atlas Shrugged and the promise of tomorrow.  Stephen Moore, author of the article in the Wall Street Journal ‘Atlas Shrugged’: From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years, was to give the talk.  Hudgins speaks on the same theme.

BIO:
Edward Hudgins formerly director of regulatory studies for the Cato Institute and editor of Regulation magazine, is an expert on the regulation of space, transportation, pharmaceuticals, and labor.  He served as a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and was both deputy director for economic policy studies and director of the Center for International Economic Growth at the Heritage Foundation.  He has testified on many occasions before Congress.

Ed’s opinion writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Journal of Commerce, Aviation Week & Space Technology, among other publications.

He is the editor of Freedom to Trade: Refuting the New Protectionism, Space: The Free Market Frontier and two books on postal service privatization.  His latest collection is entitled An Objectivist Secular Reader.

Ed has appeared on NBC’s Dateline NBC, National Public Radio, PBS, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC and Voice of America.  Hudgins has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, a master’s from American University, and a doctorate from Catholic University in political philosophy.  He taught at universities in the United States and in Germany.  He served as Washington director and then executive director of The Atlas Society before taking up his current position.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-516-3281

BRING:
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