Wednesday 07 January 2015
Jonathan Clarke, The Millions

We generally think of the political novel as having a progressive or reformist purpose. It is well to remember, though, that two of the most influential political novels in the history of the West, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, were written from the right — and continue to animate conservative politics today.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Jan 2015
Samito Jalbuena, Business Mirror (Philippines)

I don’t like Ayn Rand because she was not particularly original and was boring and too lengthy, in fact. All her books made the same tired point: To be greedy and to revel in it.

I don’t need anyone to convince me otherwise. I’m already there and I’m revelling in it, but my greed is different, almost enlightened.

All Rand’s ideas were rehashed from elsewhere. Like Apple founder Steve Jobs, she merely picked what was good for her and repackaged these in new cultural products and new labels that sold to common denominators. For example, in The Fountainhead

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Jan 2015
Tuesday 06 January 2015
Daniel Tyson, Register-Herald (Beckley, WV)

Christopher Burr said his New Year’s resolution is to read more. …
“I haven’t read an escape book in years,” he said, citing some his favorite authors as Anne Rice and Stephen King.
But horror and vampires is not exclusive to his reading list. “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand is also on his list, as is the “Hunger Games” series.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 01 Jan 2015
Murray Newlands, Entrepreneur.com
  1. The Fountainhead. Based on the best-selling novel by Ayn Rand, “The Fountainhead” tells the story of Howard Roark, an architect who prefers to struggle rather than compromise his artistic vision. The movie demonstrates the conflict between individualism and capitalism. Company leaders strive to achieve that balance every day and this film shows that it is possible to succeed without conforming to what others believe you should be, but staying true to yourself.
Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 06 Jan 2015
Sunday 04 January 2015
Joan Altabe, The Examiner

Charles insistence on old styles also conjures up Ayn Rand’s description of Frinic National Bank Building in her novel about architecture, “The Fountainhead.” Rand’s description spoke of so many columns and pediments, friezes, urns and volutes, that the bank looks as if it had been made not out of stone, but squeezed out of a pastry tube.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 04 Jan 2015
Thomas Frank, Salon

And then there is Roark Capital—yes, named after Ayn Rand’s individualist architect— which owns Arby’s, Cinnabon, Carvel, and Moe’s Southwest Grill. Even the franchisees, the moms and pops who run your…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 04 Jan 2015
Saturday 03 January 2015
Sudhir Srinivasan, The Hindu (India)

Prasanna compares Chinmayananda to his hero in literary fiction — Howard Roark of The Fountainhead. “Both are uncompromising, and refuse to submit to populist notions.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 03 Jan 2015
Friday 02 January 2015
Susie Madrak, Crooks and Liars

Elon Green was interviewing Dick Cavett for the New Yorker, and they got into a discussion of being obsessed with books, how there wasn’t enough time to get to all of the good ones. That’s when Cavett shared his take on Ayn Rand. Since it didn’t make it into the final interview, Green posted it on his site.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 02 Jan 2015
Thursday 01 January 2015
Fred Clark, Patheos

RIP Edward Herrmann. He was a terrific character actor — Gilmore Girls, The Lost Boys, Overboard, Annie — and one of the very best narrators of audio books I’ve ever heard. Herrmann recorded dozens of books, and he makes almost any of them a delight to listen to.
Almost any of them. “What makes a book really painful and even sickening to record is the shallowness of the thinking and the childishness of the philosophy of life it expresses,” Herrmann said, without naming names, sometime after he finished recording Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 01 Jan 2015
Monday 29 December 2014
April Neale, Monsters and Critics

Fascinating side note: Novelist Ayn Rand based part of her “Fountainhead” character Howard Roark on Neutra. She was the second owner of Neutra’s Von Sternberg House.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 29 Dec 2014
Saturday 27 December 2014
MARK Magazine, Arch Daily

Jan Versweyveld is responsible for the scenography of the stage adaptation of The Fountainhead. He feels an affinity with protagonist Howard Roark.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 27 Dec 2014
Friday 26 December 2014
Vered Weiss, Jewish Business News

Mark Cuban departed from his usual Ayn Rand-like attitude (he has a yacht named after the writer’s book “The Fountainhead”) to express concern for impoverished students, or rather colleges…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Dec 2014