Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty by John M. Barry
What led a devout Puritan minister to precede Thomas Jefferson in calling for a separation between church and state? John M. Barry answers this question.
Seeing Central Park: The Official Guide to the World’s Greatest Urban Park, by Sara Cedar Miller
Joseph Kellard reviews Seeing Central Park: The Unofficial Guide to the World’s Greatest Urban Park, by Sara Cedar Miller.
Bergdorf Goodman’s Christmas Windows Celebrate Art and Capitalism
The extravagant window displays at Bergdorf Goodman department store on New York’s Fifth Avenue are a popular draw this time of year, and for good reason. These dazzling arrangements entice pedestrians into the store and inspire crowds to stop, snap photos, and marvel. The artful windows celebrate commerce, wealth, and. . . Continue »
Event: “The Gold Standard: Both Good and Necessary”
The Gold Standard Institute will host presentations on the moral foundation of capitalism and the need for a gold-based monetary system. The November 1 event in Manhattan, “The Gold Standard: Both Good and Necessary,” will feature economist Keith Weiner, who will speak on “The Urgency of the Gold Standard”; and. . . Continue »
Richard Berenholtz on Photographing the Rise of 432 Park Avenue
Renowned photographer Richard Berenholtz has been commissioned to document the construction of 432 Park Avenue, a building that, at nearly 1,400 feet will be the tallest residential tower in New York and the Western Hemisphere. Joseph Kellard recently talked with Berenholtz about his work on 432 Park, Manhattan’s ever-changing skyline,. . . Continue »
Donna Hassler on the Sculptures of Daniel Chester French
Joseph Kellard interviews Donna Hassler about the works of Daniel Chester French, the great American artist perhaps best known for his sculpture of Abraham Lincoln housed at the Lincoln Memorial. Ms. Hassler is executive director of Chesterwood, which was French’s summer home and studio in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and which is. . . Continue »
Dianne Durante on Monuments of Manhattan App
Dianne Durante has released an Android app based on her book Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan. The app, produced by Guides Who Know, features more than three hours of video on the fifty-four sculptures that appear in the book, including Continents by Daniel Chester French, Sherman Monument by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and. . . Continue »
Bezos and Jobs Revolutionized Industries they Loved
Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs succeeded in large part because they passionately, selfishly loved what they were creating and marketing—books and music, respectively—and they developed innovative ways to deliver the products to consumers who love them too. Here’s to passions, profits, and the people who pursue them.
Olympic Skater Katarina Witt: “The Most Beautiful Face” of a Grotesque System
The Diplomat, an ESPN documentary about two-time Olympic champion figure skater Katarina Witt of East Germany (the former German Democratic Republic, or GDR), is released to video February 18. The film serves as a reminder—or a revelation—of the crushing grip communist dictatorships held on the people who “lived” under them.
A New Era of Skyscrapers in New York City
After barbarians destroyed the towering, 110-story World Trade Center towers on 9/11, some people wondered whether Americans would continue to regard outstandingly tall buildings as practical and worth the newly-realized risk. American developers are putting that wonder to rest, with a burgeoning new era of skyscrapers in New York City.. . . Continue »
Shark Tank Celebrates Individualism and Capitalism
ABC’s reality show Shark Tank offers a rare showcase of the character and abilities that entrepreneurs and investors cultivate to create and build businesses. The show features entrepreneurs who pitch their ideas to five investor “sharks” and seek to negotiate financing. On past shows, entrepreneurs have sought to develop products. . . Continue »
Contra Robert Reich, Some Firefighters Are Rationally Selfish
In his Salon article “Ayn Rand Could Have Learned from the Arizona Firefighters,” Robert Reich presumes that the nineteen firefighters who lost their lives June 30 while battling a wildfire in Arizona chose their dangerous profession based on “something other than rational self-interest”: Like the first-responders to 9/11 and other. . . Continue »
Dwyane Wade and Miami Heat Put the “I” in Win
Did the Miami Heat win the NBA Finals championship against the San Antonio Spurs June 20 because the Heat’s players acted unselfishly, on the premise that “there’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’”? That’s the view Magic Johnson—the former pro turned ABC sports analyst—expressed when talking with the Heat’s Dwyane Wade after. . . Continue »