JR likes to test boundaries, especially boundaries of others' propriety when they conflict with his own. He must have known coming in here he'd be going out, probably sooner rather than later. He lasted six months. I'm amazed.
Believe it or not: It is indeed possible to have stylistic differences with somebody and to still appreciate their contributions. How else could I have been an Assistant Editor at Free Radical all this time? :)
I have profited enormously from my engagement with Jeff Riggenbach through the years (see especially his superb book, In Praise of Decadence), and have published two of his fine essays in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, of which I am a founding co-editor. One of these published essays is part of a critical "Aesthetics Symposium" on the Torres-Kamhi book, What Art Is; the other is part of a major Rand Centenary symposium on "Ayn Rand's Literary and Cultural Impact."
BTW, given this topic, I strongly recommend that latter symposium, which is currently available only on CD-ROM (it was so popular that it sold out). It is chockful of many important contributions, including essays by Erika Holzer, Stephen Cox, Kirsti Minsaas, Bernice Rosenthal, and others.
Setting aside his view of human nature that may not be particularly Oist, Josef Conrad was the finest English language novelist. The guy painted with words and captured mood and ambiance better than any writer in any language. Besides, English wasn't even his primary language.
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