Tuesday, January 08, 2013
• A Dark Truth
Groping for the levers of outrage is an OK way to establish a narrative rapport with an audience, and giant and amoral corporations can provide a good fulcrum for hoisting all that righteous indignation, unless you're Ayn Rand or FreedomWorks or something.
Friday, January 04, 2013
• Let Fury Have the Hour
Although it sets out to document a hopeful narrative of social change, Let Fury Have the Hour also demonstrates the clarifying and fertilizing effects of authoritarianism on artistic movements. [....] The [transatlantic conservatism that emerged in 1980], the film asserts, placed emphasis on personal acquisition and Randian individualism at the expense of the whole concept of the collective good. These attitudes persist today.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
• You’ve Been Trumped: The Ugly American
You've Been Trumped, directed by Anthony Baxter, is a document of a humble American businessman who, through some perspicacity and Abe Lincoln–style bootstraps-hoisting, wins the land and homes of a bunch of primitive, chattering Scottish natives who obviously don't use them to God's and Ayn Rand's intended purpose: for playing golf.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
• Deserved Second Act for Paul Newman’s Sometimes a Great Notion
Adapted from a magnum opus, Sometimes a Great Notion vastly simplifies Ken Kesey’s second novel, a mad, LSD-infused synthesis of Faulkner, Kerouac, and Ayn Rand, published in 1964 to severely mixed notices.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
• Duncan Campbell and the Bruce High Quality Foundation take a bumpy ride to Utopia
There's a kind of utopian/dystopian strain running through South Soho right now. I use those terms sparingly, since Thomas More, 16th-century author of Utopia, didn't mean what we think of by a good society (slaves: no problem), and if you consult a selective bibliography of Utopian Lit compiled by the New York Public Library—a good read in itself—everyone from William Morris and Martin Buber to Ayn Rand is included.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
• New York’s community-labor divide
"It is not the city's business—it is not government's business—to tell companies that they should pay more," [Micheal Bloomberg] sputtered. He brought himself up short when he realized he had just denounced the basis of all government wage legislation since the Great Depression. "There are federal minimum-wage laws," he quickly added, "and those are fine." Moments later, his inner Ayn Rand was back in full control: "The bottom line is the marketplace is the marketplace," he proclaimed.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
• • ‘Kirchner and the Berlin Street’ and more
The Fountainhead |
Review of the book Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko.
As the co-creator of Spider-Man, Steve Ditko (b. 1927) is heir to one of the most lucrative pop-culture franchises in history. Yet, as Blake Bell's engrossing biography delineates, the artist's stubborn adherence to Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy cut him off from a world he sees as populated by "non-producers."
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
• The official Village Voice election-season guide to the right-wing blogosphere
Megan McArdle. [....] Began posting at Live From the WTC (later Asymmetrical Information) as “Jane Galt” shortly after 9/11, with Randian tropes and denunciations of “Lefty Idiocy.”
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
• Secret agent Schmuck
While working as a computer programmer in the late 1980s, [NXIVM Corporation founder Keith] Raniere became a devotee of Ayn Rand and soon was convinced that self-interest was the apogee of ethical behavior. Setting up a company called Consumer Buyline, he allegedly hawked memberships in a nonexistent discount-consumer-goods club, wowed crowds with his extraordinary charisma, and promised lucrative commissions for members who recruited more customers into the group.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
• Deep Water
Review of the movie Deep Water, about a circumnavigation of the globe by electrical engineer Donald Crowhurst.
It would have been hard to squeeze a movie out of this Ayn Rand–ian fable were it not for Crowhurst's own 16mm footage of his voyage, which the filmmakers found in a dusty BBC archive.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
•Summer books: That’s not fair
In Thick as Thieves: A Brother, a Sister, a True Story of Two Turbulent Lives (Holt, $24), Steve Geng skewers the boyfriend of his sister, New Yorker writer Veronica Geng, as being "devoid of affect." The author is a former professional thief. Recounting the books Veronica read when she was a star student, he invokes the "terrible mixture of pride and longing I felt for her" during one teenage summer when they enjoyed "an almost unbearable closeness" and she was into Ayn Rand.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
In a world that made sense, Alex Rodriguez would be the symbol of Latin ascendance over the game of baseball. Unfortunately for Alex Rodriguez [...] [this is] the world of New York baseball in 2006, in which the game's best player is subjected to what teammate Mike Mussina calls "lethal booing," where his every at-bat and play in the field is mercilessly scrutinized, and in which the local press and fandom treat him as if he were a member of a hated rival team.
Monday, April 17, 2006
•Harvey Pekar’s Ego & Hubris: The Michael Malice Story
"When it comes to cruelty I am an artist," says Michael Malice, the Ayn Rand–obsessed protag of Harvey Pekar's Ego & Hubris. "It's too bad there's no way for me to market this gift of hurtfulness."
Friday, February 03, 2006
•Mirman gets wasted with The Killers
Just a few doors down—still inside the Hard Rock Hotel—is an awful dance club called Body Bar (named after something in The DaVinci Code—nope. Not true. Now you understand why some people think reality is subjective, but others insist it is objective. This includes Ayn Rand, the band Bread, and Cheney [...].)
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Review of Melissa Briggs' "Book Dances."
Briggs has refined the tension between the two Fountainhead characters in Armistice (Lawrence Cassella and Mindy Nelson) to simple, compressed acts. They sit on chairs side by side, and Nelson briefly lays her cheek against their clasped hands. He grasps her shoulders and she walks out of her coat; he grabs at her feet as she heads for the train and she steps out of her shoes.