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BOND, SPOCK, GALT AND ME: GROWING UP NERD IN THE SIXTIES

January 25th 2019

CHAPTERS

INTRODUCTION
 
1  THOSE WHO CAN ONLY DREAM

A RICH FANTASY LIFE

WHY DID THEY PUT THAT TOP BUTTON THERE, THEN?

NERDS AND NERDETTES

DEALING WITH IT

 

2  YOUNGEST OF FOUR

COLLAMER ROAD

THE COOKINHAMS

LESSONS

THE VIEW FROM THE WAY BACK SEAT

 

3  THE SIXTIES

LEARNING DESPITE TEACHERS

HISTORY

LITERATURE

MUSIC

COMEDY

CARTOONS

GOLDEN BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA

"THE WORLD AROUNDS US" COMICS

THE SMELL OF THE TYPEWRITER, THE ROAR OF THE BOMB

THE DEWITT YARDS

THE DREADED SPEED TEST

UFOs

ALWAYS LEARNING

 

4  JAMES BOND: A VISION OF THE HEROIC

 

5  MR. SPOCK

 

6  JOHN GALT

A SORT OF OBJECTIVIST RAPTURE

ROARK AS TEACHER

HE WHO CONTROLS THE TERMS WINS THE DEBATE

 

7  JESUS AS LION TAMER

 

8  ANOTHER BUMP EVERY NINETY FEET

 

9  CHRONIC DEPRESSION

YOU'RE NO JOHN GALT

AVOIDANCE

MORALISTS

HOW TO MAKE A CHEESEBURGER

RAINMAN

FIGHTING BACK

 

10  TORNADO!

 

11  A SHORT STORY

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!

 

12  THE SEVENTIES

MAGIC FIRE

WITH OUR GLASSES RAISED ON HIGH

 

13  BOHEMIA WOULDN'T HAVE US:
MY YEARS IN THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY

 

14  THE BATTLE OF TOURS

 

15  THE KINGDOM OF EARTH

THE STRUGGLE FOR SELF

MARS BARS

FREEDOM IS NEVER A GIFT

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

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EPIGRAPH

This may sound naive. But -- is our life ever to have any reality? Are we ever going to live on the level? Or is life always to be something else, something different from what it should be? A real life, simple and sincere, and even naive, is the only life where all the potential grandeur and beauty of human existence can really be found.

     Ayn Rand, Journals, page 89.

 

Shades of the prison house close upon the growing boy.

     William Wordsworth, On Intimations of Immortality

 

 

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INTRODUCTION

 

This memoir follows my two earlier books, The Age of Rand: Imagining an Objectivist Future World, 2005, and Man in the Place of the Gods: What Cities Mean, 2016. In the present volume, as in the previous ones, I refer a lot to Objectivists and libertarians. These are the movements, or just circles, that I have been at home in since 1967. These days I find myself lumping them together more and more, and when I do, I just call them Os and Ls.

 

I am tempted to make the title: BOND, SPOCK, GALT, CHRONIC DEPRESSION AND ME This book will be of interest to chronic depressives, and acute depressives, and the people who treat them, and who live with them. Blessings upon them all.

 

As I wrote in the Introduction to THE AGE OF RAND, with or without Ayn Rand's philosophy, becoming the dominant one in the 21st Century, the old century, the Twentieth -- my native century -- will be fascinating to those born after the year 2000, just because so much changed in the world in that century, especially in the year 1995, the year the Internet sprang upon mankind and changed the way we lived. The "XX" Century, especially the two World Wars, will be be the Illiad and Odyssey for our grandchildren. Students of history will never cease to write books about the hundred years fom McKinley to "Dubya" (President George W. Bush).They will have the curiosity, and they will have the raw material -- the surviving written record -- the two things that will make every history student's professors say"Why not write your dissertation on some seminal thinker of the century just past?" My present humble effort will grow to mountain size in some young person's eyes, just because I can say that I remember November 22, 1963 and July 20, 1969, and 1995.

 

The Germans have a word for what you do when you write a memoir: Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung: coming to terms with the past. You see this word especially in reference to those Germans who lived between 1933 and 1945. But who doesn't swallow hard at the thought of writing for the public about one's own youthful indiscretions? It doesn't have to be murder you confess. It can be just wasting a great many days with daydreaming. But hang on! There is a book just out, in 2018, exonerating daydreaming as something to be embraced proudly as an end in itself! The Art of the Wasted Day, by Patricia Hampl. My latest heroine! My Dagny.

 

Another possible title I considered was A COMEDY OF ERAS, since this book is about my life, which spans at least two major historical eras: the years before and after 1995 and the Internet. B.I. and A.I. And also the '60s and '70s and all THOSE changes in our way of life.

 

I am just as shocked, appalled, and disbelieving as most people are about Trump somehow getting elected president. Look at my epigraph, above. There you see the difference between Rand's outlook on life and Trump's. And that is despite some people writing articles trying to blame Trump on Rand.

 

TO BE CONTINUED

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