level_head has an interesting post in which he clarifies Ayn Rand's objections to altruism in a very useful way. Anything else I said about it would only ruin it, so go RTWT.
Finished McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom, which is not bad; probably the best single-volume history of the Civil War out there. I found a lot of the political preliminaries to the war extremely unsettling and depressing; far too reminiscent of current events. Battle Cry of Freedom is available on Kindle. Bruce Catton's This Hallowed Ground is also available on Kindle, but I'm not sure it's better than his Civil War trilogy, which is not; Bruce Catton's Civil War: 3 Volumes in 1: Mr Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, A Stillness at Appomattox is well worth buying used.
Also finished Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, which seems to have acquired a new cover - and is also available on Kindle. Hm.
Making slow progress getting things packed up; managed five boxes on Monday and three yesterday, but two of those were clothes - mostly T-shirts, extra linens and clothes that don't quite fit yet or that need repairs. I expect I'll be tackling the hall closets today, though I am running out of places to stick boxes.