Wednesday, February 18, 2009

As Alice Rosenbaum turns in her grave

With this hell that is my cold (not just mine; everybody at the Horn Book is taking turns staying home sick, and over on Facebook Elizabeth said she felt like she was three dwarfs at once: Dopey, Sneezy and Grumpy) I'm sorry I haven't been here for a few days. I did have a bright moment on the subway this morning, where a man reading The Fountainhead gave up his seat to a lady. For those of you who never went through an Objectivist stage, this is kind of like spotting Ralph Nader test-driving a Hummer.

7 comments:

Andrew Karre said...

No, no, there must have been an exchange of value. Your altruism-induced blindness just made you miss it.

Roger Sutton said...

Told you I had a cold.

Taire said...

Oh, how funny. But it confirms my theory that the people who are attracted to Fountainhead are the ones who are least likely to actually practice Objectivism.

Anonymous said...

How about Atlas Shrugged? You really have to be somewhat intrigued by the concepts to force your way through all those speeches. I have to say that you seem to be right in my case; I'm not at all an Objectivist, but I do love her books... and take her philosophy with a huge grain of salt.

Roger Sutton said...

When Random House editor Bennett Cerf tried to get Rand to cut the "This is John Galt speaking" fifty-page speech from the manuscript of Atlas Shrugged, Rand famously replied, "would you cut the Bible?"

Elizabeth said...

Roger, I'm just glad you didn't tell the story of the time I had a blind date with an Ayn Rand fanatic. (Member of the Rand society, his second favorite author was Victor Hugo.) I went to the bookstore and read 10 pages of the Fountainhead, then called him and said "I don't think this is going to work out."

Anonymous said...

As another Jew, Isaac Asimov, once said, "Ï have no false modesty... or any other kind, for that matter."