1. The debate on Open versus Closed Objectivism between Biddle and Hicks was posted. I analyzed it in the post below. There hasn’t been any discussion of this from the ARI side, but considering that James Valliant likened debating Open Objectivism to debating Holocaust denial or slavery, to discuss this debate would be even worse, I suppose.
2. Objectivist Conference 2023 will be held next month. Shoshana Milgram will present a three-part “biographical mini-course” on Rand which utilizes new sources. According to the program, she’s working on a life of Rand up to 1957. No word on whether it will be authorized, when it will be published, and whether there will be a part two. It looks like she is working at a pace of 2.5 years of Rand’s life for every one year spent writing the book.3. Following Rand’s death, the Ayn Rand Institute began publishing a number of books using material in Rand’s archives. As long-time readers of this blog know, Jennifer Burns first revealed in 2009 what many suspected: much of this material has been so heavily edited as to be essentially worthless. Burns named two books “edited” by Robert Mayhew among them: Ayn Rand Answers and The Art of NonFiction. Mayhew also edited Ayn Rand’s Marginalia (jottings she wrote in the margins of books she read). While Burns doesn’t discuss this book, one has to wonder whether the book has been “Mayhewized.” In any event, this book doesn’t make Rand look good. She seems intent on misunderstanding what the authors say and her rantings (“God damn bastard,” “cheap driveling non-entity,” etc.) aren’t particularly edifying. Michael Prescott also notes that Mayhew’s summary of C. S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man is suspect. In light of the problems in the book, I was somewhat surprised to see the ARI’s publication The New Ideal praising the book recently. Fortunately, the article links to the Amazon page where one can read the critical reviews of Neil Parille, Greg Nyquist and others.