Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture, Good Living
Life Lessons from Literary Tragedies
Andrew Bernstein November 21, 2022
Superb literary tragedy induces in us unforgettable intellectual-emotional experiences of human error leading to the agonizing downfalls of even great (or formerly great) men. As philosophy, it does not tell but shows us in searing action many major errors to avoid if a flourishing life is our goal.
Arts & Culture
The Orville: New Horizons, Created by Seth McFarlane
Thomas Walker-Werth November 21, 2022
The Orville: New Horizons explores complex issues in a balanced manner and presents a positive but believable vision of the future, resulting in one of the best science-fiction shows in recent decades.
Arts & Culture, History
The Life and Fate of Vasily Grossman, Banned Russian Novelist
Timothy Sandefur October 29, 2022
The life and fate of banned Russian novelist Vasily Grossman is a tragedy worthy of his own novelistic skills. More than fifty years after his passing, we can only imagine what he might have achieved had communist tyranny not stifled him.
Arts & Culture
Declassified: A Low-Key Guide to the High-Strung World of Classical Music, by Arianna Warsaw-Fan Rauch
Jon Hersey October 24, 2022
Declassified tells the stories not only of the loves and losses of Beethoven and Brahms but of the heartbreak of a young musician who built a life for herself atop the expectations of others—and who, in the wake of inevitable disappointment, learned to salvage her love of classical music and spotlight its value for all to see.
Arts & Culture, Ayn Rand & Objectivism, Good Living
Mike Rowe and Ayn Rand on the Virtues of Thinking and Producing
Carrie-Ann Biondi September 22, 2022
Both Mike Rowe and Ayn Rand understand the necessity—and virtue—of personal responsibility. Their work offers powerful guidance for individuals to effect positive change in their own lives and beyond.
Announcements, Arts & Culture
Enhance Your Enjoyment of Art in OSI’s New Course
Jackson Upmann September 21, 2022
If you love paintings—and even if you don’t—I think you’ll get immense value from How to ‘Read’ and Enjoy Paintings. In this course, renowned art appreciation expert Luc Travers will show you his unique approach to analyzing paintings and teach you skills that will deepen your enjoyment of art for life.
Arts & Culture, Ayn Rand & Objectivism
Jon Wos August 19, 2022
Art is like a lantern that we use to illuminate and clarify, spotlighting what’s important in life. Romantic Realism is a particular way of using that light, to see both what is and what could be. I now realize it is far more than just a theory of art—it is a whole approach to life.
Arts & Culture, Politics & Rights
Wokeism and How to Counter It
Ayaan Hirsi Ali August 19, 2022
Rational people prize impartiality, fairness, and reasoned debate. The “woke” do not. What they demand is submission and obedience. A free and open society, where individual rights are respected and protected, cannot long survive if people cower in fear of losing their livelihoods for engaging in rational debate.