Ella Enchanted: A Fun Celebration of Freedom

Imagine a Cinderella story that’s about something deeper than just a girl being swept off to become a princess. Ella Enchanted, a 2004 film starring Anne Hathaway, is exactly that: a fun film set in a medieval-style kingdom with fairies and elves that demonstrates the importance of freedom.

Calumet “K”, by Samuel Merwin and Henry Kitchell Webster

America was built by energetic, industrious people—honest, competent, persistent creators who triumphed over the harsh conditions of this new world. Such underappreciated heroes are celebrated in the novelette Calumet “K” (1901), by Samuel Merwin and Henry Kitchell Webster.

Rush: My Gateway to Ayn Rand

How did you discover Ayn Rand? Whether you’re new to her work or have loved it for years, there are lots of ways to be introduced to it. Perhaps it was from discussions with family, friends, classmates, or on social media. Perhaps you saw film versions of her...

How I Got Atlas Shrugged on The Great American Read

Happy Atlas Shrugged Day! In case you don't know, we call it that because Ayn Rand began writing her magnum opus on September 2, 1946. Also, the novel’s story starts on September 2 and pivotal events take place on that day of the year throughout the epic. This year...

Two Inspiring Individualistic Songs to Live By

I’ve long known that in order to achieve happiness I had to pursue my own values and live by my own judgment. But I had moments of discouragement when I thought that my quest for happiness was doomed. I needed individualistic works of art to fuel me with hope,...

Unstoppable Momentum: The Music of Joe Satriani

When the fourteen-year-old Joe Satriani learned, during high school football practice in 1970, of the passing of his musical hero Jimi Hendrix, he walked over to the coach and quit to become a guitarist.  Over the next sixteen years, he taught guitar lessons,...