Wednesday 22 October 2014
Derek Hunter, Daily Caller

As the alpacas march off to the lollipop factory to get their jobs, they discover things aren’t fair. The first alpaca, “Happy,” is the daughter of the CEO, gets to be “VP of synergy,” a job no one understands but it pays well because her dad is rich. Happy’s father is shown in a painting holding a copy of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, because everyone knows Rand is evil.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
David Alm, AskMen

“There’s nothing as significant as the human face,” wrote Ayn Rand in The Fountainhead. “Nor as eloquent. We can never really know another person, except by our first glance at him. Because, in that glance, we know everything.”

Leaving her politics aside, Rand captured in those lines our fascination with faces, and our irrational belief that they embody a person’s soul. But they do not – they are, by definition, a front.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
Avital Pilpel, Times of Israel - Avital Pilpel (Jerusalem)

Recently, various people in the public eye, from protesters to professors, openly declared their allegiance to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of egoism, known as ‘Objectivism’. The reaction to these people is, typically, that Rand’s view are morally dangerous and selfish. I believe that this is a slander on Rand’s character.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Sander Woertman, de Architect

…afgelopen maanden was de theatervoorstelling ‘The Fountainhead’ te zien. Regisseur Ivo van Hove maakte er samen met Toneelgroep Amsterdam een intelligente productie van die volgens sommigen het boek dat eraan ten…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
Lydia Lee, Contract Magazine

…among the sources of inspiration was keynote speaker Emily Grandstaff-Rice, an associate at Cambridge Seven Associates and the current president of the Boston Society of Architects. “Use your own voice to talk about why architecture matters,” she said. “We don’t have to go through Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry or Howard Roark [the fictional architect in The Fountainhead]. We change people’s lives.”

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Oct 2014
Saturday 18 October 2014
Cindy Huang, Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA)

Clarke said Mr. O'Bryan pushed her to read books that sharpened her critical thinking skills, such as “The Fountainhead,” “Fahrenheit 451” and “Death of a Salesman.” “Many people had him as a mentor, and somehow, he made it seem like you were the only…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 18 Oct 2014
Friday 17 October 2014
Alex Bertsch, Dakota Student (U of ND, Grand Forks)

Ayn Rand was an awful human being. That’s just an indisputable fact. However, it seems even to this day there are feeble minded people who still try to preach her message of objectivism, or as I like to call it, being a selfish prick. One group that likes to propagate these ideals of selfish actions that result in the benefit of all of mankind, because of reasons, is the Ayn Rand Institute. The Ayn Rand Institute likes to give out free copies of the mediocre authors “great works” (and that’s a very liberal use of the word great) to help further the message of objectivism by instilling it in the minds of the children of America.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 17 Oct 2014
Shama Rangwala, rabble.ca

…well as libertarians. His philosophical hero is Ayn Rand and sees himself in Howard Roark, her version of the ideal man – a freedom-fighter, powerful and superior. He compares pot-smokers to Jews as…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 17 Oct 2014
Thursday 16 October 2014
John Grindrod, The Guardian (London)

High Rise by JG Ballard (1975).

It’s Lord of the Flies in a tower block. This novel, in which the wealthy residents of a luxurious Barbican-like tower descend into savagery, has haunted me since I first read it as a teenager. I think of it as the fatalistic second act to Ayn Rand’s bombastic The Fountainhead.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Oct 2014
Garry Reed, The Examiner

Another unique figure is Marsha Familaro Enright, described as “an education entrepreneur” who founded The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute. If this sounds like Ayn Rand and Objectivism it is; Familaro has published widely in such literary periodicals as The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies and serves on the Advisory Board of The Atlas Society. She also founded a Montessori school and created a Montessori-style curriculum that teaches children “the basics of philosophy, free market economics, and personal self-awareness.”

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Oct 2014
Charles Murray, The Federalist

[Reprint of a Claremont Review
of Books article from June 2010.] Ayn Rand never dwelt on her Russian childhood, preferring to think of herself as wholly American. Rightly so. The huge truths she apprehended and expressed were as American as apple pie. I suppose hardcore Objectivists will consider what I’m about to say heresy, but hardcore Objectivists are not competent to judge. The novels are what make Ayn Rand important. Better than any other American novelist, she captured the magic of what life in America is supposed to be. The utopia of her novels is not a utopia of greed. It is not a utopia of Nietzschean supermen. It is a utopia of human beings living together in Jeffersonian freedom.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Oct 2014
Tuesday 14 October 2014
Lorenzo Rocha, Milenio (Mexico)

…se parecen en cierta medida a Peter Keating y Howard Roark, los dos personajes principales de la novela de Ayn Rand El manantial. Ambos jóvenes se conocen en la universidad; Howard es el idealista y Peter el…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Oct 2014