Saturday 04 April 2015
Daily Dunklin Democrat (Kennett, MO)

Q: Who represents the extreme in political & cultural arguments?

A: The writer, Ayn Rand.

Today’s arguments regarding big government versus small government are tepid compared to writer, Ayn Rand’s views. Rand has written four books, the two most famous being Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged. All her work is based on the idea that there is no such thing as a collective mind. Born in Russia, she became an American citizen and formed an anathema for communism & socialism that metaphorically speaking would roar past our east coast and go far into the Atlantic ocean.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 04 Apr 2015
Thursday 02 April 2015
P.Parik, The Chakra

The video began with a cliched, melodramatic monologue about individual choices and quickly reduced itself to sewage waste (and not the kind that can be treated). It reeked with individualistic chauvinism that would even make the likes of Ayn Rand and her fictitious Howard Roark squirm uncomfortably in their seat; a sour expression of the very thing that our contemporary arbitrators of equality are out to abolish.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 02 Apr 2015
Wednesday 01 April 2015
Yvonne Zipp, Christian Science Monitor

Sinan is the anti-Howard Roark, the architect in “The Fountainhead” who dynamites his own building rather than have the design compromised.

While Sinan’s desire to believe the best about everyone causes its own heartache, it’s easy to see why Jahan adored a man who could face the court-ordered razing of his work without bitterness. “I cannot prevent people from destroying,” Sinan tells him. “All I can do is keep building.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 01 Apr 2015
Tuesday 31 March 2015
Carla Sinclair, Boing Boing

Wow, this graphic history book brought my blood to a high boil, not a reaction I expected. Its title, The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis (released today), led me to believe it was just a biography on Ayn Rand, the grandmother of modern libertarianism and author of cult college classics The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. And yes, the first third of the book – “Part One: Ayn Rand” – (the book is divided into three sections) was all about Rand: her turbulent childhood during the Russian revolution, her immigration to the US, her quick rise to success as a Hollywood and book writer, and then her cult-like leadership in the pro-capitalist, or libertarian movement with devoted followers who included Alan Greenspan and a young couple whose relationship with her became intimate and complicated. If this first section was all there was, it would have been a fascinating enough book. But by the time it got to Rand’s death, I was only one-third of the way through the book.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 31 Mar 2015
Monday 30 March 2015
Mike Krumboltz, realtor.com

…Lego bricks aren’t water-tight. So, to summarize: If you had the bank account of Scrooge McDuck, the architectural genius of Howard Roark, and an infinite amount of patience, you could do it. But…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Mar 2015
Saturday 28 March 2015
ARQ (Buenos Aires)

En ese sentido, la arquitectura también se presenta como una cantera que ha alimentado a otras disciplinas. Un ejemplo notorio se encuentra en el caso de la escritora Ayn Rand y su monumental obra El Manantial, de 1943, donde narró la historia del ascenso y la caída del arquitecto Howard Roarke, un vehículo con el cual buscó ilustrar su percepción de que, así como es el ego del artista el encargado de hacer avanzar, el ego del hombre es esencial al progreso de la humanidad.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 28 Mar 2015
Friday 27 March 2015
Jael Goldfine, Cornell Daily Sun (Ithaca, NY)

Attendees to the showcase were permitted to peer into the delicately but subtly curated bedroom of said muse, known as Quincy and observe her. Kozak displayed unique and characteristically peculiar objects — a fishbowl, a copy of The Fountainhead, gold slippers, an alligator skin covered discman, acorn caps and more — around the room, creating a concept aesthetic, centered around whims and tastes of her character.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 27 Mar 2015
April Neale, Monsters and Critics

The conservative literary darling Ayn Rand, who penned “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged”, was also an atheist. Richard Branson is also an atheist.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 27 Mar 2015
Thursday 26 March 2015
Allison Underhill, Huffington Post

Despite the fact that The Fountainhead is 800 pages long and highly controversial, it will forever be one of my favorite reads. While I don’t necessarily agree with Ayn Rand’s objectivism, this book made me confront the way I live my life. Through witnessing Howard Roark’s triumphs and failures in modern architecture, the reader learns a valuable lesson: the most important quality a man has is his integrity. The only way to succeed in life is by staying true to oneself.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 27 Mar 2015
Bruce Fessier, The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA)

A friend says Sunil didn’t want a backup plan in life; he only wanted to be the best saxophonist possible. Then they show footage of Sunil reading “The Fountainhead” – the Bible of individual achievement and personal responsibility. Next they show him losing interest in school and falling into a depression before disappearing.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Mar 2015
Tuesday 24 March 2015
Karl Greenberg, MediaPost Publications

It’s bad enough when I hear my daughter and her friends wondering if they can be the next Taylor Swift. When I hear a variation of that from grownups, I want to slap someone. It brings me back to the late ‘90s. I’m not talking about grownups thinking they want to be Taylor Swift. It’s grownups thinking they can be Howard Roark.

Of course, they can. Anyone with a couple of million bucks, an idea, and a neologism can rule the world. Or, if you’re Elon Musk, who makes tangible things, the known world and space above it.

Anything’s possible if you’ve got the CS degree from Stanford, the EE degree from CalTech, and the Tesla S from the dealership on Sand Hill Road. And you have read Atlas Shrugged more times this year than Ted Cruz.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Mar 2015
Thomas Roland, Culturopoing

Du Larry Murphy, dans son téléfilm Comme un homme libre à John Dillinger dans Public Enemies les personnages de Mann partagent un goût prononcé pour la liberté et, malgré leurs actions hors-la-loi, possèdent également un certain code de l’honneur. Chacun d’eux, à leur manière, ont des principes et des idéaux. Tous se battent contre ou sont victimes d’un système, que ce soit le FBI, l’univers carcéral ou les grandes firmes du tabac. Tel Howard Roark, l’architecte génial du Rebelle de King Vidor, ils sont seuls contre tous.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Mar 2015