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Wednesday 13 September 2017
The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
Anthem  

…full time making candles just as they did in Ayn Rand’s dystopian novelette, “Anthem.” Ed Prescott. Upper Milford Township. Copyright © 2017, The Morning Call. Link Copied To Clipboard. View Profile…

Posted 9 months ago Publication date: 13 Sep 2017
Wednesday 16 November 2016

…might become your new favorite. 1. AYN RAND Ayn Rand Institute, Facebook “The very best I’ve ever read, my favorite thing in all world literature (and that includes all the heavy classics) is a…

Posted over 1 year ago Publication date: 16 Nov 2016
Friday 01 July 2016
Positive
Investor's Business Daily
Anthem  

On Values

I guard my treasures: my thought, my will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom.

Ayn Rand, author

Posted almost 2 years ago Publication date: 01 Jul 2016
Wednesday 29 June 2016
Mixed
Tracy Mumford, La Crosse Tribune (WI)

A new exhibit at the Library of Congress compiles 65 of the most influential books by American authors — books that have both formed and informed the public consciousness during the country’s history.…

This recent list is a random sampling from the public, which voted on and suggested books via the internet. There’s no other way to explain three books by Ayn Rand — or the fact that only two of the 65 books were written by authors who aren’t white.

Posted almost 2 years ago Publication date: 29 Jun 2016
Saturday 28 May 2016
Positive
Library of Congress

A new exhibition at the Library of Congress, ‘America Reads,’ will celebrate the public’s choice of 65 books by American authors that had a profound effect on American life.

'America Reads’ will open Thursday, June 16, in the Southwest Gallery on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition is free and open to the public through Dec. 31, 2016, Monday through Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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'America Reads’-The 40 New Titles Chosen by the Public

Ayn Rand, 'The Fountainhead
Kurt Vonnegut, 'Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death’
Laura Ingalls Wilder, 'Little House in the Big Woods’
Joseph Smith, 'The Book of Mormon’
Willa Cather, 'My Ántonia’
Alex Haley, 'Roots: The Saga of an American Family’
Ayn Rand, 'Anthem’
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Posted almost 2 years ago Publication date: 26 May 2016
Friday 27 May 2016
Positive
Scott Cousins, The Telegraph (Alton, IL)

Emily Godi, who just finished her sophomore year at Alton High School, is a finalist in the Regional Chicagoland 2016 “Anthem” Essay Contest, a yearly competition by the Ayn Rand Institute.

“I was very excited,” Godi, the daughter of Mary and Eric Godi, said. “I spent quite a bit of time on that essay.”

She competed against approximately 1,500 other students in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and is now eligible for the main 2016 Anthem Contest, with the winner to be announced in late July.

The essay was written as part of Godi’s work in a sophomore college prep English class taught by Lori Palmer. The students must chose one of three essay questions based on the Ayn Rand novel “Anthem.”

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The essay question dealt with “Anthem” and how it relates to the Rand’s 1962 essay “How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society.” Godi said part of her motivation was that having already read the article for class, she had strong opinions on it.

Posted about 2 years ago Publication date: 26 May 2016
Saturday 21 May 2016
Positive
Craig Biddle, The Objective Standard

Biddle: When and how did you become interested in philosophy in general, and in Ayn Rand’s philosophy in particular?

Field: Well, in my teens I was something of a “troubled youth” with suicidal tendencies. I was a runaway at sixteen, hitchhiking all over the country. I’d had therapy for a while when I was eighteen—psychoanalysis—and found it to be no help at all. But a friend who understood me better than I did myself recommended Atlas Shrugged. She had been studying Objectivism for about a year by then. I was in Chicago at the time, and I went to the gigantic library there and asked for Atlas. But it wasn’t there. So I found Anthem and sat down and read it there in the library. This was the first time I’d ever heard of egoism as a good thing, and I wanted more.

Posted about 2 years ago Publication date: 21 May 2016
Tuesday 12 April 2016
Negative
Matthew Walther, Washington Free Beacon (DC)

I’ve always given Donald Trump credit for at least pretending to disregard the Republican Party line on taxes, entitlements, and so on. But as far as I am concerned, he blew it when he told reporters that he is a fan of Ayn Rand, the eighteenth-rate novelist beloved of Paul Ryan….

…it was disheartening to see her name come up. (Maybe tonight I’ll pour myself an “Ayn Brand.”) Till now I had thought the days when she was a cult figure on the American right, when Ryan and even John Boehner were paying lip service to her work, had gone the way of Tea Party Patriots rallies. The antiseptic viciousness at the core of Rand’s fiction and her life has nothing to offer any humane political party. There are lots of things Trump can and should do to endear himself to Republican grandees. This is not one of them.

Posted about 2 years ago Publication date: 12 Apr 2016
Saturday 09 April 2016
Positive
Bryan Marquard and Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe
Anthem  

At Penn State, Ms. Anderson… demonstrated her unwillingness to accept dogma, joining both the Newman Club, for Roman Catholic students, and the Young Protestants Club (“to find out what that was all about, too,” as she later put it). She also read the libertarian novelist Ayn Rand, whose novel “Anthem” moved her to tears. As she later put it, “Someone had put into writing how I felt about the sacredness of the individual.”

Posted about 2 years ago Publication date: 09 Apr 2016
Monday 04 April 2016
Negative
Michael Flannery, Discovery Institute

Special attention needs to be given to Weikart’s Chapter 8, “The Future of Humanity.” Here he covers an often-neglected figure: Ayn Rand (1905-1982). Pages 266-271 include careful, thoughtful, and hard-hitting assessments of her works: Anthem (1937), Fountainhead (1943), Atlas Shrugged (1957), and The Virtue of Selfishness (1964). Rand devalued human existence by making self-interest and unbridled individualism virtues, while treating love, compassion, and altruism with contempt. William F. Buckley (1925-2008), for whom she had disdain, claimed that Atlas Shrugged – in Buckley’s words “a thousand pages of ideological fabulism” – was “the biggest selling novel in the history of the world” (see here). Weikart is to be commended for putting Rand in his sites and exposing her impositions upon human goodness and decency.

Posted about 2 years ago Publication date: 04 Apr 2016
Sunday 03 April 2016
Negative
Adi Robertson, The Verge

If there’s an optimistic version of the creeping totalitarianism trope, oddly, it’s one where the vast majority of people have no power whatsoever. The Iron Heel, published in 1908 by Jack London, is a long political tract disguised as a pulp novel starring an impossibly heroic protagonist — think of it as the more entertaining socialist version of Atlas Shrugged: Its fascists are businessmen so self-confident that they outright tell their worst enemy that they’re planning to take over America within the first five chapters.

Posted about 2 years ago Publication date: 03 Apr 2016
Friday 01 April 2016
Positive
Steve Mariotti, Huffington Post

SM: How did Ayn Rand personally affect the way you live your life.

JG: She inspired me to stay true to my own convictions, regardless of the opinions of others. Politics aside, most women struggle with the desire to please others, and the social expectation to put others’ needs above our own. Ayn Rand gives all women — all people — encouragement to put themselves first. And I’m not alone. Some leading lights in entertainment have also been influenced by Ayn Rand, including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jim Carrey, and Rob Lowe.

Posted about 2 years ago Publication date: 02 Apr 2016