Friday 24 April 2015

Better known for writing about philosophy and politics, Ayn Rand moved from the U.S.S.R. to Hollywood, where she found work as a screenwriter. Before The Fountainhead was published, she had two plays make a run on Broadway. One of them takes place in a courtroom during a murder trial. Maybe philosophy wasn’t such a big leap.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Apr 2015
Paul Fallon, WBUR (Boston)

April is National Volunteer Month.Over the past 40, years I’ve donated my time and services in dozens of ways. Since retiring, I do so far more often. This commemorative month seems an appropriate time to reflect upon why I enjoy unpaid activities. It’s also got me thinking about Ayn Rand.

Rand was all the rage when I came of age in the 1960’s. The libertarian darling authored the hedonistic novels “The Fountainhead” (1943) and “Atlas Shrugged” (1957), as well as a philosophical manifesto, “The Virtue of Selfishness” (1964). Rand once said, “If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.” What light could the originator of Objectivism possibly shed on volunteering?

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Apr 2015
Thursday 23 April 2015
Henry Roper, Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, NS)

The early 21st century is the era of the celebrity architect, whose acolytes are frequently persuaded to build projects like Daniel Libeskind’s $270 million “crystal” (2007), incongruously wedded to the majestic neo-Romanesque Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Andrew R. Cobb did not follow this path, first blazed by Frank Lloyd Wright and celebrated by Ayn Rand in her bestselling 1943 novel The Fountainhead. Instead, Cobb served his clients’ need for attractive, practical and livable buildings.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Kriston Capps, The Atlantic Monthly

…the comic tracks Rand Paul’s life as a young conservative in Texas being his own man. As a schoolboy, he passes out flyers for his father’s run for Texas’ 22nd congressional district. He spreads the word about dad’s Foundation for Rational Economics and Education, as kids do. During one family dinner—as Rand Paul summarizes the tenets of Objectivism—the ghostly visage of Ayn Rand hovers over the Rand family dining table.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Apr 2015
Wednesday 22 April 2015
Daniel Kany, Press Herald (Portland, ME)

The way to experience a Rothko is to give yourself a few minutes alone with the work – away from discourses, dialogues or lectures. Just get your body comfortable, face the paintings, free your mind and wait. The experience isn’t contrived, and it’s not fiction that tautologically “proves” some Howard Roark’s superiority. You experience your own perceptions, emotions and humanity – the very stuff that makes you feel real.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 19 Apr 2015
Gene H. Bell-Villada, The Conversation

Ayn Rand (1904-82) has arisen from the dead. Over the last decade the pop philosopher and propaganda fictionist extraordinaire has moved steadily from the cultish margins to the mainstream of US conservatism.

Her ghost may even haunt the current presidential race with the candidacy of Republican Senator Rand Paul, a libertarian darling who received a set of Ayn Rand books for his 17th birthday.

In her bestselling books and essays, Rand frankly celebrated selfishness and greed – and the underside of this celebration is a scorn toward and demonization of any simple caring about other human beings. Such a stance has become a hidden, yet driving force behind such loaded catchphrases as “spending cuts” and, more grandiosely, “limited government.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Apr 2015
Tuesday 21 April 2015
Maev Low, Palo Alto Weekly (CA)

Asked what her favorite books were, [Kathleen] Xue named “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë and “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 21 Apr 2015
Kyle Becker, Independent Journal Review

[Q:] What were your intellectual influences while you were studying Political Science at Columbia University, and what do you think about the state of America’s colleges?

[A:] It’s embarrassing now, but I have to admit that what started my change from a liberal to a libertarian (as a freshman in college) was reading “The Fountainhead.” (And I still think it’s a good book, unlike most of the rest of Ayn Rand’s stuff.) If nothing else, reading Rand got me to seek out other libertarian and libertarianish writers like Murray Rothbard, Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman to learn more about it.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 21 Apr 2015
Sunday 19 April 2015
Heather, Crooks and Liars

HOENIG: Well I have to say I think he’s pretty foolish. I think he’s a second-hander. He’s a real Peter Keating type who needs other people to like him. We know he’s an Obama fan-boy. I mean, Obama met with him, and what is his whole point here? That it’s a moral imperative.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 19 Apr 2015
Glenn Erickson, DVD Savant

Ayn Rand’s superman-architect in The Fountainhead attains a kind of thematic God-hood. The film’s final image, a giant silhouette of male confidence and courage set off against the sky, is curiously similar to the ending of the Wells novel. Ayn Rand was unconcerned with the “ant-people” whose function was merely to appreciate the gift of her hero architect’s talent. Russell and Corman see things differently.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 19 Apr 2015
David Swanson, OpEdNews

…architecture students always read this novel by Ayn Rand called The Fountainhead because the protagonist is an architect. But architecture doesn’t really come into it, as the book focuses more on the fact that the guy is also something of a sociopath.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 19 Apr 2015
Shikha Shah, Times of India

Books that have inspired me: Iacocca, an Autobiography, On A Clear Day You Can See General Motors by John Z. DeLorean’s, Confessions Of An SOB by Allen H. Neuharth and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. … Deepak Dewan, Chairman & M.D, Cardio Fitness India

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 19 Apr 2015