Wednesday, April 17, 2013
• • The Bitcoin depression needs its John Steinbeck. Let me volunteer
[T]here were no alpaca socks that Christmas. Just a new laptop, a lecture on the evils of centralized banking and a set of hardcover Ayn Rand books, the 15th in my 12 years. (In good years, I’d get two sets.)
Friday, April 05, 2013
• BioShock Infinite a shooting game for deep thinkers
Infinite shifts the BioShock franchise out of the Ayn Rand-inspired dystopian undersea world of Rapture and into Columbia, a utopian city impossibly suspended above the clouds through the magic of giant balloons and propellers.
Friday, March 08, 2013
Saturday, March 02, 2013
• Are video games like Assassin’s Creed rewriting history?
These days, [Erin Dolmage is] playing Skyrim, a gorgeous quester; Journey, an emotional, non-linear, non-fighting game that encourages co-operation with strangers; and BioShock – "the most beautiful game I've ever played. It's a critique of Ayn Rand."
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
• Why Irrational Games is taking BioShock in a new creative direction
The previous two BioShock games were set in Rapture, an underwater city built by business tycoon Andrew Ryan. The games were different than the average first-person shooters in that players had to make moral choices – should they save the orphaned girls hiding throughout or should they harvest them for energy? – amid a tale steeped in Ayn Rand-ian Objectivism.
Saturday, February 09, 2013
• • Can you wear love? Sure, but it’ll cost you
The Fountainhead |
Some designers proclaim to have been inspired by historical eras, famous people, emotions, art, even books. In 2009, for instance, a men’s-clothing collection by the New York-based design duo Shipley & Halmos was inspired, they say, by Ayn Rand. “Life must be a straight line of motion from goal to further goal,” their invitation read, quoting from The Fountainhead.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Saturday, September 08, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
• • A Man and Some Woman: Enjoy the claustrophobia
[Playwright Githa] Sowerby, the program notes remind us, was a Fabian and a socialist, but I don’t imagine Ayn Rand would find A Man and Some Women objectionable. Jessica urges Dick to ignore familial ties and follow his bliss, while the play in general seems intent on illustrating how not working for a living and being reliant on others can turn women into useless gossiping nags.
• • Reading boosts empathy, but sympathy for the devil too
[T]here’s a dangerous corollary to the idea that stories can affect your morality – surely it means that they can corrupt as well? What about stories that denounce or deride empathy, that describe success and social order through sheer self-centredness (e.g. Ayn Rand)?
Sunday, March 18, 2012
• • A child’s garden of curses
Book review: Arcadia, by Lauren Groff.
Groff can do funny too. When Bit and his dinner date discover a common interest in reading, he listens, horrified, as his date’s love of Ayn Rand gushes forth. Later, when they both accept that the spark has fizzled out, he says “I think it was the Ayn Rand.” She laughs and laughs at this, graceful under the implied criticism, under the sting of the differences between them.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
• Treasure this book!!! Also, read it!!!
Book review: Treasure Island!!!, by Sara Levine.
If you can think of Sara Levine’s very funny and winning fictional debut as one of those quickie Hollywood elevator pitches, maybe as Robert Louis Stevenson (obvious) meets Holden Caulfield meets Ayn Rand, you’ll have some idea of the tenor of this wackily original tale.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
• Why would anybody care what Tim Thomas thinks about politics?
Hey look, hockey world’s most fervent Ayn Rand disciple strikes again. You’d have thought Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas had enough of being pilloried after his White House snub and the baffling verbal attack on U.S. democracy that accompanied it. You’d be wrong.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Monday, January 02, 2012
• • A three-way split in the battle for America’s soul in Iowa
A Ron Paul rally is a unique political event, best described as Ayn Rand meets Iron Maiden. Clean-cut, college-aged capitalists bond with shaggy-haired, semi-employed potheads, all in the name of the Paulite mantra of individual liberty.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
• • Dumb, smart & funny things people said and did today
Tweet of the day from @JustinWolfers: "Welcome to the free market! Lululemon's stock down 3.5% as they learn latte-sipping yoga moms abhor Ayn Rand." A reference to today's article by Simon Houpt.