Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand 25

Twenty-five years ago this past February, Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand was released by Pennsylvania State University Press, as part of their series “Re-reading the Canon.” To my knowledge, it was the first time that Ayn Rand had been included in a series of volumes on thinkers of the Western canon. To date, there are 37 volumes in that series, featuring collections on thinkers as varied as Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Kant, Hegel, Marx, and Emma Goldman. (The Rand volume is not available electronically, but can still be purchased as a quality paperback here.)

I was a co-editor on the project with Mimi R. Gladstein. The controversial anthology featured 20 essays from a diverse group of writers, including Nathaniel Branden, Barbara Branden, Susan Love Brown, Sharon Presley, Wendy McElroy, Melissa Hardie, Joan Kennedy Taylor, Barry Vacker, Karen Michalson, and others.

One of the most enduring gifts from that collaboration has been my friendship with Mimi. As we got to know one another, she called our relationship “love at no sight.” I called her “sweetheart,” she called me “dear heart.” After the publication of the volume, we finally had a chance to meet in NYC. Till this day, we are the dearest of friends. Here are a couple of pics from those days …

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