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Monday, May 27, 2013

• • Required Reading List: Jay Gatsby 
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Atlas Shrugged  |Image  | [W]hat books might have set Gatsby on a better path (or at least entertained him during the long lonely evenings)? [....] Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand. “My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.” Well, Rand isn’t for everyone. But Gatsby would have probably taken some comfort in Objectivism — not that it would have helped him any.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

• • These Are the Books That Make You Totally Undateable 
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The Fountainhead  |Image  | Though it’s good to know what to do to seem appealing to the opposite sex, it’s also good to know what not to do — that is, to know which books might send a potential mate running for the hills should they be spotted on your nightstand or peeking out from your back pocket. In the interest of seeing the full picture, we asked both men and women of various sexual orientations to share the books that they think render their devotees totally undateable. [....] “I want to say ‘anything Ayn Rand’ (Ed. note — we heard this a lot, and at least one person referred us to this), but then I would be undateable myself — because in high school I read my mom’s copy of The Fountainhead and legitimately enjoyed it. For some reason it’s still on my shelf, although now I agree with Nora Ephron’s opinion of the book: ”it is better read when one is young enough to miss the point. Otherwise, one cannot help thinking it is a very silly book.”

Sunday, March 18, 2012

• • Readers’ Choice: 10 More of the Most Powerful Women in Literature 
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Atlas Shrugged  |Image  | We also heard some votes for the protagonist of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Commenter Jessica described Dagny Taggart as “the invisible hand of finance and strength in Taggart Transcontinental, martyred by her brother and his board of misogynists for her risks that only lead to the survival of their company. She struggles with her passion with the three most powerful men in the world and what they symbolize to her: hope, defiance, and self-authority.”

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

• • • Atlas Shrugged’ DVDs Recalled Because of Ideology Error 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Egoism  |Image  | Well, we find this sort of hilarious. The first part of the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s controversial 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged recently came out on DVD, to not much aplomb. However, the DVDs are now being recalled, and Atlas Productions LLC announced yesterday that they would replace more than 100,000 title sheets from DVD and Blu-ray discs. Apparently, part of the marketing copy on the package reads “AYN RAND’s timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice comes to life…” That doesn’t seem so offensive, unless you have, oh we don’t know, even a rote understanding of what the novel is about.