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Fri, Feb. 4th, 2005, 11:45 am
Shameful Admission

Okay, okay, I used to be a huge Ayn Rand fan. I had a giant crush on Dagny Taggart when I was about fifteen - which, in retrospect, might have been an early indication of the whole bisexual thing - and spent the better part of four months reading and rereading all the Rand I could get my hands on.

I tried her again at twenty. The magic was gone.

After reading this article, though, I totally want to try reading Rand again. There's nothing like someone who really knows how to rant.

Fri, Feb. 4th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
boffo9

Careful now.

Ayn Rand's works are the Talmud and Torah of the Capitalism movement.
Capitalism.

Fri, Feb. 4th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
kleenestar

Is that a "careful now: read too much Rand and you'll go capitalist" or "careful now: better not criticize her even remotely"? :)

Fri, Feb. 4th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
boffo9

Yes.

;)

Personally, I've never read a lick of Ayn Rand. Why?

Back in my college days the big fans of Ayn Rand that I knew were all PETA vegetarians who would go to protests and stuff. However, they also made a point of buring and wearing stylish leather jackets and leather shoes. Because, 'well... the animal is dead already and it would be wrong to waste the carcass.'.

So I relate such vegan PETA hypocrisy with Ayn Rand. Sort of like the same way I relate sea-sickness with the smell of carob. :P

Fri, Feb. 4th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
kleenestar

. . . huh. How utterly bizarre. I've known lots of people who read Rand, but none of them have ever been quite that weird.

I, for the record, wear leather shoes and aspire to own a leather jacket (once I drop two more dress sizes - I'm mostly there!). I don't wear fur, but I would if I lived somewhere cold enough to require that level of warmth. And I was a vegetarian for about fourteen months, but that was mostly because I was keeping more kosher then than I do now.

I actually would recommend Rand's less ranty books; she's not a fantastic written stylist, but she has a real gift for dramatic scenes. (Just thinking about the end of Atlas Shrugged gives me the willies.) You just kind of have to ignore her posturing. Of course, if you can't, then you definitely should never, ever read her. She postures a lot.

Fri, Feb. 4th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC)
ikeeverett

Well, as the resident capitalist vegetarian type, I can say that I have little patience for Rand. I can enjoy her books on a story level, but her preaching leaves me cold. The woman tries to paint selfishness as a virtue, for pete's sake!