Randex

Wednesday 23 July 2014
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Jason Diamond, Flavorwire

Take, for example, Ephron on Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead: “Like most of my contemporaries, I first read The Fountainhead when I was 18 years old. I loved it. I too missed the point.” Teenage Ephron turns into college Ephron, who goes to Wellesley and learns that it actually isn’t a book about “a strong-willed architect — Frank Lloyd Wright, my friends told me — and his love life.” She sits in on a freshman-orientation seminar, and more facts about the book are uncovered, namely, “That the author was opposed to the welfare state.” What comes next isn’t a leftie screed against Rand’s work or ideas, or a Tea Party Patriot puff piece; instead, Ephron delivers an account of The Fountainhead’s rise to fame, and long life as a book that was introduced to “a new generation of readers every five years.” A rarity then, and a rarity now.

It’s one of the most interesting and balanced essays you’ll read on Rand…

Posted over 5 years ago Publication date: 23 Jul 2014