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Monday, September 03, 2012

• • • Meet Paul Ryan, Romney's Ayn Rand-Loving, Catfish-Wrangling Running Mate 
Atheism  |The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  |Paul Ryan  |Video  | [L]ike all great love affairs, the Rand-Ryan romance was a doomed one. Rand's atheist principles are a total no-no for the God-fearing Republican Party, and in April Ryan backtracked on his Fountainhead fetish in an interview with the National Review. "I reject her philosophy," he said of Rand. "It's an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try and paste a person' view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas." The two-timing cad!

Friday, May 25, 2012

• • Tony-Nominated Playwright Rick Elice Talks Peter, Startcatchers And Studio 54 
[Q:] I was curious about the choice to include some ‘anachronistic’ references in there. The Ayn Rand name dropping, the “my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.” How did you decide how current you wanted to go? [A:] I think where the permission came to do that, as I was voicing these characters, was first of all J. M. Barrie. Most people don’t know the play from 1904. [....] What he was doing then was using anachronisms and alliterations and puns and low, bawdy humor and high effete comedy. [....] And of course nowadays they aren’t anachronisms. To read about Captain Hook talking about “bicarbonate soda,” but in 1904, it certainly was like the milkshake line, or the Phillip Glass line. Where he was talking about Eton college I threw in a line about Ayn Rand or Remembrance of Things Past.

Friday, March 30, 2012

• • “Mommy Porn” Series 50 Shades Of Grey Coming To The Big Screen 
The Fountainhead  | The erotica series that’s been capturing the attention of women on the Upper East Side (and everywhere) will be made into a movie, naturally. According to Deadline, Universal Pictures and Focus Features have acquired screen rights to the E.L. James novel Fifty Shades Of Grey, the first in a trilogy of books by the author. We’ve actually read this book (for journalism) and can tell you it’s basically The Fountainhead (the characters are sort of very thin impersonations of a Howard Roark and Dominique Francon) meets the Lifetime network (there’s a miniseries type vibe to the storytelling)... meets BDSM (hardcore sex scenes, repeated every few pages or so).

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

• • • 100000 Atlas Shrugged DVDs Mistakenly Promote Self-Sacrifice 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Egoism  |Image  | Ayn Rand’s dogmatic 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged, beloved by simpleton frat boys and self-serving millionaires alike, was made into a movie that was released earlier this year to predictably derisive reviews.[....] But Objectivism adherents were no doubt enthralled, and the DVD version recently hit shelves in a variety of different editions. There’s just one slight problem: the copy on the DVD describes the movie as “Ayn Rand’s timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice comes to life...” That’s right, “self-sacrifice”—the very thing that Ayn Rand spent her whole life fighting against!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

• • Jet Blue Passengers Stuck On Tarmac For Hours With No Food, Drinks, Bathrooms 
Atlas Shrugged  | Other flights were delayed, including a Jet Blue flight between Boston and New York that was delayed at Bradley: One passenger reflected this morning that John Galt probably wouldn’t have approved, “Was actually like a scene out of atlas shrugged last night. No leadership, no accountability, & dumb mistakes @jetblue and #bdl airport”

Thursday, September 15, 2011

• • Escape Your Dystopian Nightmare With This Objectivism App! 
Atlas Shrugged  |Image  | Penguin Group just launched a new iPad app of Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged, which combines unabridged text with manuscript notes, audio and video lectures, rare photos of Rand herself, and more. The Wall Street Journal has a little preview, and the Randians are very excited after catching a glimpse of one photo of the author in costume—an admirer declared she looked “quite sensual and exalted.”

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

• • From The Mailbag: America Loves Ron Paul Edition 
We haven’t “had any capacity for reflection” since this head injury we sustained in a horrible sculpting accident. Chiseling away at our gorgeous marble statue of Ayn Rand, we accidentally knocked off a massive chunk that resulted in permanent brain damage (Interestingly enough, it only enhanced our love and understanding for Ayn Rand!).

Friday, August 19, 2011

• • Jersey Girl Anne Hathaway Says Snooki Is Her Twin 
Anne Hathaway has been making the late night talkshow rounds this week to promote her new movie, One Day [...] but she goes real in-depth in this interview with Chelsea Handler. Some choice quotes: [....] On Ayn Rand: “Whether or not you agree with Ayn Rand—and I have certain issues with some of her beliefs—the woman can tell a story. I mean, the novel as an art form is just in full florid bloom in Atlas Shrugged. It’s an unbelievable story.”

Friday, August 12, 2011

 Video: Unearthed 1962 Promotional Video Shows A Changing NYC 
The old promotional videos about New York City are pretty amazing, as we saw with this one focusing on Greenwich Village. Now a new one has been unearthed, filmed in 1962 by the Equitable Life Assurance Society. It includes the building of their new headquarters, complete with destruction porn of old structures. The narrator explains, “Change just for the sake of change is not the purpose in the constant rebuilding and expansion, rather it is an endless effort to keep up with her people, their ideas, their energies.” It actually all sounds a little... Ayn Rand.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

 Reading On The Subway? Careful, CoverSpy Is Watching 

The Fountainhead  | CoverSpy has spied with its little eyes everything from The Fountainhead and Infinite Jest to The Dirty Divorce 2 and Falling For His Proper Mistress.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

 From The Mailbag: Suge Knight, Andrew Brietbart, And How To Land A Lady 
Atlas Shrugged movie  | We had no idea that Brietbart had actually been working at a soup kitchen all day before he was scheduled to pull up land mines in Angola with his bare hands. It’s regrettable that we confused this Andrew Brietbart with the other Andrew Brietbart who has made a career of taking words out of context and who is STILL moaning about how “team Clinton operates,” so he can be the star of the Summer 2015 blockbuster Atlas Shrugged Part Six: Still Shruggin’.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

• • Ezra Klein, Washington Post Blogger 
Ayn Rand Center  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |John Allison  | Tonight Klein will be locking horns with John A. Allison, who is affiliated with the Ayn Rand Center and is the former CEO of BB&T Bank. Spoiler: this guy loooves capitalism. Anyway, Klein recently gave us nine minutes of his time last Friday.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

• • World shrugs at first installment of Atlas Shrugged trilogy (now in theaters!) 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  |Image  |Video  | Tea partying libertarians unite! Ayn Rand’s Objectivist tome has made it to the big screen, at long last, and as a trilogy. In 1991 the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club ranked the 1957 bestselling novel as the 2nd most influential book ever, the Bible came in 1st place. So how will the movie live up to the printed word? It’s not lookin’ so good.

Monday, January 24, 2011

• • • Atlas Shrugged finally goes to Hollywood 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Image  |Video  | Is Ayn Rand’s objectivist tome finally coming to the big screen? The rights to turn Atlas Shrugged into a feature film were rumored to have been purchased by billionaire Philip Anschutz’s production company, Crusader Entertainment, back in 2003, but here we are in 2011 and... nothing. This week there have been new reports of the film version, however, and the AJC notes that it’s actually producer John Aglialoro with the rights, and he’s decided to go all low-budget with it.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

 The reading habits of Mad Men 
Atlas Shrugged  | Which mad man do you read like? The Battery Park City Library has been Tweeting links to books that have been making cameos on Mad Men, from Frank O’Hara’s Meditations in an Emergency to Atlas Shrugged to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Babylon Revisited—and now they’ve added a photo gallery.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

 Bloomberg: Leave BP alone! And the Empire State Building! 
As Mayor Bloomberg pointed out in his weekly radio address this morning, “The guy that runs BP didn’t exactly go down there and blow up the well.” So he says it’s a little premature that “we’re going after the heads of some of these companies... If you want him to fix it and they’re the only ones with the expertise, I think I might wait to look, assign blame. There’s got to be somebody that’s culpable in everything. C’mon.” In other words, if we all tried being a little nicer to BP, maybe they’d plug the damn leak. [....] Bloomberg also continued his Ayn Randian riff during the address, wading into the controversy over the Empire State Building’s refusal to honor Mother Teresa in lights. “It’s a private company that owns the building, and I guess they’ve got to make their decision as to what they want to do,” says Bloomberg.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

 Stossel fights the “food police” 
The problem with [John] Stossel's Ayn Randian ranting is that taxpayers already subsidize much of the health care costs connected to obesity.

 Acorn video hack busted bugging senator’s phones 
It's unclear why [James] O'Keefe and his cohorts have targeted [Louisiana Senator Mary] Landrieu in their earnest Ayn Rand crusade; it's probably because the Democrat wants to help lazy poor people or something.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Anna E. Housley Juster, Director of Content, Sesame Street. 
Q: What's the best thing you've ever purchased/salvaged off the street? A: I’d have to say cash. I’ve found cash at least a few times, but every time it’s an anxiety provoking experience to pick it up.... Oh! Also, a used copy of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand for $2 and a biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald for $4. You can’t beat that.