May 13, 2010
From Atlas Shrugged, via Language Log
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Category: Books & Lit, Funny, Intriguing
I always loved this scene from Ayn Rand’s book The Fountainhead.
Here it is from the movie adaptation:
I can totally see why you identify with that scene, what with your background as a crane operator.
Love reading Rand. Love her ability to make the badguys look like absolute badguys. She was great at that.
this is a bit off topic, but–i’d love to have another meta-post from you about how to create that cool ripped-page excerpt image. (kinda like when you demonstrated how to reduce youtube clips to only show the control bar.)
it’s cool & useful!
I just took the image from Language Log…I was actually wondering how it was made, too.
So I’ve been out of the loop for quite some time. Yesterday I found Atlas Shrugged & The Anthem at the library, after I’d read how influential they’ve been. :) Now, you are quoting one. Weird…I guess I should read it.
Atlas Shrugged, Mrs. Erven. Here’s a nice ref to go along with it: http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Articles/ByDate/1979/1486_The_Ethics_of_Ayn_Rand/
Interesting quote, but… Hugh Akston was one of the “good guys” in Atlas Shrugged, so perhaps Ms. Rand was dead serious in this snippet dialog – rather than humorous.
Abraham, like your Dad, I was once an adherent & avid follower of Rand’s – her fiction and her wider view of life seemed so entrancing for a time. Re-reading her books now reveal that her prose were more predictable and even wooden than I remembered them.
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