Thursday 25 December 2014
Ed Driscoll, PJ Media

Of course, atheism doesn’t necessarily mean socialism — even if that’s how it invariably works out (more on that later); and after the page break, allow me to reprint my 2010 post titled “It’s a Wonderful Fountainhead,” which compares Capra’s 1946 film with its very different contemporary, which was based on Ayn Rand’s novel about a young man who dreams of going to the big city, becoming an architect and building giant phallic symbols, and, unlike George Bailey, who has to reconcile never leaving his small town, succeeds on his own terms.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Dec 2014
Jake Wilson, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

In locations across Melbourne, Blow Up Cinema (blowupcinema.com) will show films ranging from King Vidor’s bananas Ayn Rand adaptation, The Fountainhead (January 20), to the more modestly scaled The Lego Movie (January 30).

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
Wednesday 24 December 2014
Jeff Weiss, LA Weekly

Kobe Bryant:
-Four ancient and rare terra cotta warrior statues from China, to be the silent, military-minded, and non-shooting teammates he’s always dreamed of.
-A first-edition copy of Ayn Rand’s,The Fountainhead.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Dec 2014
Tuesday 23 December 2014
Patrick Kidd, The Times (London)

Policy Exchange, the think-tank, is launching a new club next month: the Crossbench Film Society, which will show movies chosen and introduced by a politician. Sajid Javid, the culture secretary, is first up on January 12. Sadly, instead of one of his beloved Star Trek films, Javid has gone for the 1949 adaptation of The Fountainhead, by the right-wing moralist Ayn Rand.
By chance, The New Yorker has a piece this month imagining that the humourless Rand wrote reviews of children’s films. They include Snow White (“An industrious young woman neglects to charge for her housekeeping…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Dec 2014
Bill Hudson, Pagosa Daily Post

A humorous article posted to the website Alternet.com posed the question: Did Ayn Rand send Christmas cards?

Many of our readers may be familiar with author and philosopher Ayn Rand from her best-selling books, The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957), and for her pro-Capitalist philosophical system which she called ‘Objectivism.’

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Dec 2014
Evening Standard (London)

The objectivist Mr Javid.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid continues to immerse himself in the arts. Next month he hosts the first evening of the new Westminster Film Club, at Policy Exchange HQ.

Javid’s chosen film is 1949’s The Fountainhead, after Ayn Rand’s book. So is he a big fan of Rand, the Russian-US novelist and thinker who believed in rational selfishness, ie that one “exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself”?

The Londoner asked a representative why Javid had picked the film — he teased that “more would be revealed” that evening. Its story, however, may hold clues. Its main character, architect Howard Roark, rejected an industry of boredom and tradition (Javid was a banker) for a life of creativity and art. Sound familiar?

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Dec 2014
Matthew d'Ancona, Evening Standard (London)

The Culture Secretary certainly seems to be everywhere these days — and not just in the obvious venues for a candidate-in-waiting to make his pitch. Next month, for instance, he is introducing The Fountainhead, the movie version of Ayn Rand’s classic novel of radical individualism, to the Crossbench Film Society (an enterprising new Westminster venture organised by journalist and cineaste Peter Hoskin).

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Dec 2014
Monday 22 December 2014
Lloyd Alter, Treehugger
  1. Architecture is a language. We have to abide by the grammatical ground rules, otherwise dissonance and confusion abound. Totally agree. 100 years ago there were rulebooks for architects, recognized styles and patterns that meant that even hack architects could turn out buildings that at least looked like something. When the ground rules went out the window we got a lot of really terrible buildings that just didn’t work, which is why in the long run Peter Keating probably built better buildings than Howard Roark. 8/10.
Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Dec 2014
James Borden, Raleigh Public Record

The Hillsborough Lofts will be constructed by local company Fountainhead Design & Build. For the curious, yes, Fountainhead’s Facebook page does use as its profile picture the title screen from the film adaptation of the Ayn Rand novel. The company’s principal, James Baker, should be reassured to learn that this reporter is no socialist, and that this column is no soapbox, so he need not fear any smear campaign. Although hopefully there are no plans for a nude statue on the property.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
Mar-Vic Cagurangan, Marianas Variety

The hypnotic appeal of Russian-American novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand to juvenile intellectuals lingers 32 years after her death.

Rand had developed a cult following among young impressionable minds, who were intoxicated by her philosophy of “objectivism” which holds that there is no greater moral goal than achieving happiness.

Her most famous works, “The Fountainhead,” “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Virtue of Selfishness,” are bibles for those who were seduced by Rand into rejecting altruism. Like the beatnik of philosophy, she was the Jack Kerouac to conservative politicians including the late President Ronald Reagan, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Ron Paul and Sen. Rand Paul.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Dec 2014
Sunday 21 December 2014
Will Wilkinson, The Dish

The problem of willingly selling out to the Chinese reminded me of Ayn Rand, whose bracing moral lessons I’m sure Freddie had in the back of his mind. Rand’s finest novel, The Fountainhead, is an anti-capitalist screed about the spiritual and cultural evil of catering to market demand. Forget the problem of giving the commie censors what they want. It’s wrong to give the free market what it wants, when what it wants is aesthetically debased, which it always is. The architect hero of The Fountainhead, Howard Roark, is the ultimate in spine, the patron saint of never selling out. When one of his perfect, austere modernist buildings is bowdlerized the better to suit the public taste, he blows it up. That’s right, Howard Roark is a terrorist, a jihadi for artistic integrity. Maybe Howard Roark is the answer. Maybe can show us the way. Maybe Sony needs to feel that it is unsafe not to release The Interview.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Saturday 20 December 2014
Andrew Anthony, The Guardian (London)

Kalanick, who thinks Ayn Rand’s libertarian novel The Fountainhead is “an awesome” book, may talk like a surfer but he thinks like a salesman. Legend has it that he discovered what he wanted to sell on a wintry night in Paris in 2008, when he and his Uber cofounder Garrett Camp couldn’t find a cab.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Dec 2014