After three months worth of pro free-market philosophy from Ayn Rand, and many, many dog-eared pages of memorable concepts within “Atlas Shrugged”, my literary ride aboard Taggart Transcontinental has finally finished. I wish I would have read “Atlas…” sooner and perhaps avoided those times of commiseration during my teens and early 20s, operating under an […]

I was planning on some long, drawn-out synopsis of Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom” because it’s that good of a book, compelling in both narrative and commentary on the modern American family. But the following quotes summarize the novel better than I ever could: “People came to this country for either money or freedom. If you don’t […]

“I like (men) to talk nonsense. That’s man’s one privilege over all creation. Through error you come to the truth… you never reach any truth without making fourteen mistakes and very likely a hundred and fourteen… talk nonsense, but talk your own nonsense, and I’ll kiss you for it. To go wrong in one’s own […]

If you’ve ever sat down to create anything, whether a painting, song or a personal essay, you know that half the battle is simply sitting down, pulling up a chair and digging into your work. That inner critic, who is ever the pessimist toward your particular art, is alive and primed to thwart your genius. […]