Randex

Thursday 03 July 2014
Mixed
PBS

Ayn Rand, (1905-1982), was an American author and social critic. Her books serve mainly as a means of expressing her philosophies. Literary critics tend to see them as marred by a tendency to instruct the reader.

Rand’s best-known novels are THE FOUNTAINHEAD (1943) and ATLAS SHRUGGED (1957). Both present a moral and economic philosophy, called Objectivism, based on individualism and self-interest. These novels express the belief that original ideas are the main force in the world and that creative individuals deserve to profit from their ideas. The heroes represent disciplined, rational people of action who reject organized religion. In THE FOUNTAINHEAD, an architect destroys a housing project in which his ideas had been altered. In ATLAS SHRUGGED, one of the central characters calls a “mind strike,” during which all creative people withhold their ideas from the rest of the world. The strike reveals that society cannot exist without creative genius.

Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She moved to the United States in 1926 and became a U.S. citizen in 1931. Her novels WE THE LIVING (1936) and ANTHEm (1938) reflect her early life in Russia. Both novels express her revolt against socialist forms of government. Rand also wrote about her philosophies in such works of nonfiction as FOR THE NEW INTELLECTUAL (1961), THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS (1964), and CAPITALISM, THE UNKNOWN IDEAL (1966).

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Jun 2014
Negative
Buttonwood, The Economist

Before 2007, most economists seemed to think that credit didn’t matter, except when it caused inflation; that is clearly wrong.

Acceptance of this point does not imply (to me, at least) a wholesale commitment to small government or the novels of Ayn Rand (I would rather crawl over broken glass than re-read The Fountainhead, with its leaden prose and its “hero” who essentially wants to build the kind of tower blocks that blight urban landscapes. A good example of why policy can’t be left to the “elites” that Rand glorifies.) The trouble is that economics has become a team game like football in which one must cheer for one’s own side, and boo the arguments of the other.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Jul 2014
Wednesday 02 July 2014
Positive
Imma Fernández, El Periodico (Barcelona)

«Una batalla de ideas y de pasiones. La lucha entre el idealismo y el oportunismo, entre el individualismo y la colectividad». Así resume el director belga Ivo van Hove The Fountainhead (La deu), la adaptación del best-seller de Ayn Rand El manantial con el que regresa hoy al Grec (en el Lliure de Montjuïc hasta el viernes) tras el aclamado Tragèdies romanes con el que triunfó el pasado verano.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Jul 2014
Mixed
Jason Leahey, PopMatters

The American ideal might include Dirty Harry and Howard Roark, but now we read those cultural figures and examine the effects they have on those around them.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Jul 2014
Monday 30 June 2014

…the success of Uber increased his desirability to women: “Yeah, we call that the Boob-er.” For a time, Kalanick’s Twitter avatar was the cover of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead—which he has repeatedly said was not the sort of bold political statement some have made it out to be. (In other interviews,…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jun 2014
Positive
Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Beast

For a time, Kalanick’s Twitter avatar was the cover of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead—which he has repeatedly said was not the sort of bold political statement some have made it out to be. (In other interviews, he has indicated Rand has influenced his thinking.) But it is difficult to not see some parallels between Uber’s business model and libertarianism.

Given that, it’s not surprising that Uber is gaining friends on the right side of the political aisle. For example, Grover Norquist, the anti-tax activist, on Thursday Tweeted “Today, there are two political parties/movements in America. One is UBER, the other is with taxi commission. Choose.”

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jun 2014
Saturday 28 June 2014

…Tom Skerrit), un cliente riquísimo. «Lo tiene todo. ¿Por qué se siente tan acorralado?». «Porque hay más gente que quiere que gente que tiene. Lea a Ayn Rand». «Oh, Dios mío. ¿Ha leído sus libros? Son horribles». «Bueno, no pretenden ser “Moby Dick”. Son para hacerte pensar». «Un tipo bombardea un…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Jun 2014
Friday 27 June 2014

…Night Cream. The amazing Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask works instantly. •I read every day. I’m a bit obsessed with the novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, who wrote The Fountainhead, and I love her writing. Amy Dickson’s album ‘A Summer Place’ (Sony Classical) is released on 14 July…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Jun 2014
Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA)

…Bass’s columns. No more. I began to enjoy Mr. Bass’s column this past Sunday on Mr. Brat’s Virginia’s primary victory until the end when he mentioned Ayn Rand’s “philosophy of ‘Objectivism,’ which has been fascinating to many, especially Catholics.” Especially Catholics?! How many Catholics does Mr….

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Jun 2014
Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral sports, Arizona Republic (Phoenix)

…that ASU fans are impatient for a return to Omaha, where the Sun Devils last played in the College World Series in 2010. He compared himself to Howard Roark, an architect somewhat modeled after Frank Lloyd Wright (who designed ASU’s Gammage Auditorium) in Ayn Rand’s novel “The Fountainhead.” “Howard…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Jun 2014
Thursday 26 June 2014
Show Business

…The controversial twentieth century author Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead) has supporters and detractors, even to this day, but I’m not aware of any of her works ever being turned into a musical…until now. Beginning May…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Jun 2014
Jennifer DeWitt jdewitt@qctimes.com, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

…partners including the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce. Knanishu said the organization’s strategic plan includes continuing to help move the Fountainhead of the Quad-Cities project forward on the former CNH property as well as development of the I-80/88 corridor. It also plans to ensure its efforts are…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Jun 2014