Randex

Friday 25 July 2014
Positive
Piper Castillo, St. Petersburg Times (FL)

What’s on your nightstand?

It’s eclectic. I’ve got The Circle by Dave Eggers, who is great. I’ve got The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, and I’m reading Flash Boys by Michael Lewis.

What made you pick up The Fountainhead?

I love the fantastical nature of it, and I love how she gets us thinking about awakening the spirt of individualism in people.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 24 Jul 2014
Wednesday 23 July 2014
Positive
Daniel Wahl, The Objective Standard

…Every so often, people hostile to Ayn Rand’s ideas try to attack them by saying that Rand said or implied something she never said or implied and then attacking that thing she never said…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 23 Jul 2014
Mixed
Jason Diamond, Flavorwire

Take, for example, Ephron on Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead: “Like most of my contemporaries, I first read The Fountainhead when I was 18 years old. I loved it. I too missed the point.” Teenage Ephron turns into college Ephron, who goes to Wellesley and learns that it actually isn’t a book about “a strong-willed architect — Frank Lloyd Wright, my friends told me — and his love life.” She sits in on a freshman-orientation seminar, and more facts about the book are uncovered, namely, “That the author was opposed to the welfare state.” What comes next isn’t a leftie screed against Rand’s work or ideas, or a Tea Party Patriot puff piece; instead, Ephron delivers an account of The Fountainhead’s rise to fame, and long life as a book that was introduced to “a new generation of readers every five years.” A rarity then, and a rarity now.

It’s one of the most interesting and balanced essays you’ll read on Rand…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 23 Jul 2014
Mixed
Eberhard Spreng, Der Tagesspiegel

…Einen „Tempel des menschlichen Geistes“ sollte Howard Roark in Ivo van Hoves ausladender Theaterfassung von Ayn Rands Roman „Fountainhead“ errichten, der in Deutschland unter den Titeln „Der ewige Quell“ und…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 23 Jul 2014
Positive
Ileana Johnson Paugh, Canada Free Press

A demolished student house will be the location in D.C. of 18 shipping containers to make “eye catching” rentals. Citing Ayn Rand’s novel, “The Fountainhead,” the owners are compared to the rebellious architect in the novel who fights against “evil” conformists.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 23 Jul 2014
Negative
Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch

…capitalism’s patron saints, Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand, going back decades. To fully understand this self-destructive lineage, simply focus your laser on the one admission Greenspan made to Congress…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 23 Jul 2014
Tuesday 22 July 2014
Neutral
Callie Beusman, Jezebel

I am informed, via a caption beneath a drawing of a Barbie in a pastel dress and a fitted leather jacket: architect clothing, as we all learned in The Fountainhead.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 22 Jul 2014
Neutral
Jim Booth, Scholars and Rogues

It is well known, for instance (again even to casual fans) that Neil Peart, the band’s drummer and lyricist, has long been a devout Randian. While Kelly uses “Working Man” from the first Rush album as an example of a signaled solidarity with the plight of the average Joe, Peart’s later lyrics (say, from “Tom Sawyer” or a song Kelly cites for different reasons, “Red Barchetta”) suggest that the band’s message might be better identified with Joe the Plumber – or Howard Roark.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 22 Jul 2014
Monday 21 July 2014
Mixed
Von Eberhard Spreng, Deutschlandfunk

Einen “Tempel des menschlichen Geistes” soll Howard Roark errichten in Ivo van Hoves technologisch ausladender Theaterfassung von Ayn Rands Roman “Fountainhead”, der in Deutschland unter den Titeln “Der ewige Quell” beziehungsweise “Der Ursprung” erschien.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 19 Jul 2014
Sunday 20 July 2014
Mixed
John Fund, National Review Online

He began by saying that his work in Washington, D.C., had him bumping up against the Ellsworth Tooheys of the world, a reference to a parasitic villain in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. But when he visited Silicon Valley he thought he was among “today’s Howard Roarks,” the individualistic, brilliant architect in the book. “You all create jobs every single day out of nothing,” he enthused.

But Paul also made it clear he doesn’t share all of Rand’s worldview. “If I had my way there would still be a safety net, but everybody would work,” he mused. “If your back hurts and you can’t lift things you could sit and make phone calls — everybody should work.”

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 21 Jul 2014
Positive
Michael Laris, Washington Post

Grace had met Kelly Davies at Catholic and traveled with her and architecture lecturer Travis Price, to Ireland, where Price had taken students on a design expedition he started decades ago. “We were building monuments, and we needed hands,” said Davies, who is now at Price’s firm. Watching her work has helped Grace see the beauty in independent-minded modern architecture. “You ever read ‘The Fountainhead’?” Grace asked, referring to the Ayn Rand novel about a rebellious architect’s fight against conformists. Price and Davies could be the protagonists. “They’re like the Howard Roark guys,” Grace said. Grace and Joiner had tried getting into real estate back when they were roommates at Catholic.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 20 Jul 2014
Saturday 19 July 2014
Positive

Au départ un roman relativement peu connu en Europe, d’Ayn Rand, écrivaine américaine d’origine russe qui pose deux manières de concevoir l’architecture, “sociale et utile” ou œuvre d’art “pure”, individualiste. Le roman et la pièce proposent aussi -avec quelle intensité- une réflexion philosophique sur la société des années 1920, étrangement semblable à la nôtre. Comme si un siècle plus tard on faisait machine arrière vers un libéralisme pur et dur.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 19 Jul 2014