Did I misinterpret you? If I did I apologize. However, I sort of connected a few dots. Maybe I'm off the money. Sometimes you get that way in-between the lines. I will illustrate.
(And I really, really, really do apologize for any insinuation that you were following an ARI agenda - that was not my intention and would be inconceivable anyway.)
Here's your "truth" statement in context:
My point is not that Rand's personal life or character should be whitewashed for the greater good; truth is the greatest good. But if the facts have been presented incorrectly or in a manner that renders Rand pathetic, then I want the record corrected so that other 15-year-olds regain the opportunity to admire Rand both as a woman and as a philosopher.Then later you stated, after giving pretty harsh criticism of Vallinat's approach and style:
Nevertheless, The Passion accomplishes one of the psychological goals Valliant intended. To a significant degree the book restored to me and (I believe) others a better opinion of "Rand the woman." And ended:
I am pleased to have read The Passion. I intend to re-read it. And I am grateful to Valliant on several points while disagreeing with him on others.
My question is the following: Would Ayn Rand's own words (with footnotes) not have been enough? You are grateful to Valliant and not to Rand (or even to ARI for releasing Rand's material)?
That is where I got my idea that you like the "fight lie with lie" approach, despite saying you like the truth. No offense meant, just observing. This jumped out at me.
I sincerely believe that the bare truth would have served you (and others, including me, and including the Brandens, but most of all, Rand) so much better. And I do not see this book taking off as her own words by themselves have always taken off. Therefore I find it reasonable to say that without this heavy-handed hatchet job getting in the way, the book would have had a much healthier publishing life.
Excuse me a second, Wendy.
Oh Glenn. Pipe down and get some real arguments other than out of context quotes.
Anyway, Wendy, it is a pleasure to interact with you, despite our disagreement here (I admit my bias to Barbara, but I still try to maintain objectivity). I do hope we talk again.