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Friday, March 01, 2013

• • • Doldrums: Spelled With an I 
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Altruism  |Anthem  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |Individualism  | Interview with musician Airick Woodhead, aka Doldrums.
NORRIS: A lot of what you do and what you talk about seems to emphasize the idea of individuality and even—correct me if I'm wrong—but going so far as to advocate being sort of selfish about your work. I read one place you said that you feel like "community" has taken over everything and that you even think we are too altruistic of a world. And that was the one place that you lost me.

WOODHEAD: Well, I was reading Ayn Rand or whatever...

NORRIS: It's so funny you should say that—I can show you in my notes here where it says, "Is he the musical Ayn Rand?"

WOODHEAD: Well, she also has this element of slogan to her writing, which I fucking love. I know she is seen as this capitalist, not exactly the most favored woman for me to be all into. But the ideas are nicely put.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

• • Jeanne Thornton’s Cult Heroine 
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Atlas Shrugged  | Interview with Jeanne Thornton, author of The Dream of Doctor Bantam.
THORNTON: [....] This is my Interview Magazine confession: in high school I was a really big fan of Atlas Shrugged. Like, there are creepy 15-year-olds who are really into Ayn Rand, and then there are people in politics who are terrifying right now. We've definitely identified these books as cultlike. It's not good for anyone to have that much power over you.

Monday, December 19, 2011

• • • The Accidental Objectivist: Nick Gaetano 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Ayn Rand Institute  |Anthem  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal  |The Fountainhead  |The Romantic Manifesto  |We The Living  |Capitalism  |The Fountainhead movie  |Image  | [Q:] You hadn’t read any of [Ayn Rand’s] books. Did you read them once you got the commission? [A:] Usually when you do a cover, either you talk to the art director on the phone and they give you some idea of what the book is about, or they give you a synopsis—maybe three or four pages. With this project, I wasn’t dealing with just the publisher; the Ayn Rand Institute was also involved, and they insisted that I read all the books. [Q:] What did you think of them? [A:] I liked The Fountainhead. I liked Anthem. I liked We The Living. I liked one or two of the stories in Early Ayn Rand. There were parts of Atlas Shrugged that I liked, but it’s three or four times longer than it needs to be. When we got into things like Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal and Philosophy: Who Needs It I was just bored—it was just the same things re-said in different ways.

Friday, August 19, 2011

• • • Anne Hathaway 
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Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  | HANDLER: What’s your favorite Ayn Rand book? HATHAWAY: Atlas Shrugged. HANDLER: Did you like that better than The Fountainhead? HATHAWAY: I did. When I began Atlas Shrugged, I was really excited, because Ayn Rand said that The Fountainhead was the overture to Atlas Shrugged. I was like, “Ooh! What am I getting into?” 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. The characters are so compelling, and what she’s saying is mind-expanding. I really enjoyed that book, and it was kind of prophetic. I read that book for the first time during the Bush Administration and I was like, “People are governing with their feelings as opposed to their intellect. This is happening.” And she wrote this how many years ago? HANDLER: Not only that, but I think a book like The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged is kind of a way to look at leading your life with your professionalism permeated by your value system and your moral rectitude.