I just returned from a delightful dinner with some of the good folks of Front Range Objectivism — and Objectivist David Elmore, who is in Denver for the week from Atlanta. It was a pleasure to make David’s acquaintance — particularly because he’s yet another Objectivist Jane Austen fan. (Someday we’re all going to have a convention — all twelve of us!) The conversation was so lively that we had to drag ourselves out of the restaurant as they were closing up, after more than three hours. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Here’s an interesting bit of trivia that emerged during our conversation: Does Atlas Shrugged contain a story of a vengeful suicide by a spurned lover motivated solely by the desire to cause the “beloved” pain — and if so, what is it? The first person who remembers the basic story — without any searches of the text — will get a nice cheesy bowl of virtual macaroni. (Nope, I’m not offering any better prizes. I already owe Ann five dollars for being on the wrong side of a bet about this very topic!)
Also, for those of you reading this tonight, you might still have a chance to catch this interview in re-run:
John Allison, CEO of BB&T and a long-time admirer of Ayn Rand’s ideas, will be interviewed on the FOX News Channel program “Hannity and Colmes” tonight, January 26, 2006, at 9:00 PM Eastern (6:00 PM Pacific). He will discuss his bank’s new policy of refusing loans for private projects that seize land by eminent domain.
It’s on at midnight here in mountain time.