Randex

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
Brittany Lovely, Hypable

Not to mention the books I read because I thought they would prove I could be just as smart as Rory Gilmore. Sometimes they were worth it (Howl). Sometimes they just proved to be something to check off the list (The Fountainhead).

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 14 Oct 2014
Guido Lauwaert, Knack.be

…Vanavond begint de driedaagse van The Fountainhead in deSingel, de nu al legendarische voorstelling van Toneelgroep Amsterdam, in een regie van Ivo van Hove. De voorstelling duurt 4 uur, inclusief…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Oct 2014
Monday 13 October 2014
Pratima Shantaveeresh, New Indian Express (Chennai)

While studying in Anna University, Chennai, Harshit decided to read Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and the impact the book had on him could not have been better than this.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 13 Oct 2014
Sunday 12 October 2014
Emily Temple, Flavorwire

Ayn Rand.

“[T]he very best I’ve ever read, my favorite thing in all world literature (and that includes all the heavy classics) is a novelette called Calumet “K” by Merwin-Webster.” … Chelsea Handler. What are your favorite books of all time? “The Fountainhead

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Oct 2014
Saturday 11 October 2014
Shaunacy Ferro, Co.Design

[Q:] So you’re not the type of architect who really wants a grand monument?

[A: ] No, I’m not Ayn Rand. I never liked that book. [Laughs]

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 09 Oct 2014