I had an interesting conversation yesterday with composer Alan Menken about Walt Disney’s new animated feature, Tangled. I posted the interview here: Alan Menken interview. Though I embarrassed myself by asking about a song on the soundtrack which Menken did not write, (“Something I Want”, which plays over the end credits), I appreciated the opportunity to briefly talk with the composer and co-writer of one of my favorite Disney animated musicals, The Little Mermaid, about his new soundtrack. Tangled opens for a Thanksgiving release on Wednesday, Nov. 24.
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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Robert Mayhew, a philosophy professor and prolific editor and author, about Ayn Rand’s first novel, We the Living (1936). He discusses the book, its urgently relevant theme of the individual versus the state, the movie version, and his thoroughly engaging Essays on Ayn Rand’s We the Living. This is the first of three exclusive interviews about this classic work of literature planned for publication on the site. I aim to post interviews with Ayn Rand Institute archives manager Jeff Britting, who wrote an Ayn Rand biography and co-produced the Oscar-nominated 1990s documentary, Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life, and Duncan Scott, who co-produced the restored film adaptation of We the Living, made in Italy in 1942 and reconstructed with Ayn Rand’s cooperation.
Read the interview with Dr. Mayhew here.
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