What Art Is:
The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand
by Louis Torres and Michelle Marder Kamhi
Art's Prospect: The Challenge of Tradition in an Age of Celebrity, by Roger Kimball (Ivan R. Dee, 2003) Authors'
This collection of essays by cultural critic and New Criterion managing editor Roger Kimball includes his review of What Art Is, reprinted, with minor stylistic revisions, from The Public Interest (see below).
A quarterly published by Blackwell's, this journal of the Association of Art Historians in Great Britain is devoted to
reviews of books on art and related matters.
This peer-reviewed, nonpartisan journal--which examines the philosophic thought, fiction, and life of Ayn Rand from
a variety of interpretive and critical perspectives, from philosophy and psychology to economics and
politics--featured a symposium on Rand's esthetics and its treatment in What Art Is. [See also the authors'
Founded in 1965, and co-edited by Irving Kristol and Nathan Glazer, The Public Interest was one of America's most
influential journals on cultural and public policy issues. Its reviews--by prominent intellectuals and scholars--were of
what the editors considered "must-read" books. For more on the journal, which ceased publication in 2005, see its
website. The Public Interest's review of What Art Is, by cultural critic Roger Kimball, is reprinted in his book Art's Prospect (see above).
Choice (April 2001)
Published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association),
Choice cites only "significant current books." The reviews are by academic scholars specializing in the subject, and
are directed primarily to librarians and teaching faculty who select materials for academic libraries. In a recent
survey of Choice subscribers, its reviews were called "the best short critical evaluations of new titles available
A libertarian magazine of opinion, Reason focuses on political, social, and cultural issues from a free-market
perspective. Its motto is "free minds and free markets."
Founded in 1980, Midwest Book Review is active in a variety of national reviewing projects, and serves as an
acquisitions consultant for public libraries in southern Wisconsin. Its reviews are also posted on the websites of
Internet booksellers such as Amazon.com, and on the "Philosophy Shelf" of its on-line newsletter, Internet
A small bimonthly journal published by The Objectivist Club of Michigan (devoted to Ayn Rand's philosophy), Full
Context features, in addition to book reviews and discussion, detailed interviews with intellectuals, activists, and
entrepreneurs influenced by Rand's ideas. An interview with Louis Torres appeared in October 1990, and with
Michelle Marder Kamhi in July/August 2000.
A journal of ideas and culture, Navigator is published by The Objectivist Center, an independent membership
organization devoted to research and education on Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. Its discussion of What Art
Is was in two parts: "The Role of Literature in Ayn Rand's Esthetics" by Kirsti Minsaas; and "The Visual Arts in What
Art Is" by Joan Mitchell Blumenthal, both reprinted here by permission. To access these articles, you will need Adobe
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From the personal website of an Objectivist writer who has contributed numerous articles on the arts and culture to
publications influenced by Rand's philosophy over more than two decades.