Both novels are ridiculously long. Both were largely ignored by the literary and educational establishments, due to their unmistakable whiff of madness (This fear of insanity is, of course, why the literary and educational establishments always miss out on all the good stuff.) They have both, however, found a devoted readership, been hailed as life changing, and have remained in print since publication. Between them, they explain much of our current twenty-first century world, from the underground anarchism of Anonymous and the shift from hierarchies to networks, to the Tea Party and neo-conservative hijack of American politics and the massive shift in wealth distribution towards the super rich.
posted by philip-random
on Jun 4, 2012 -
If Nicholas Carr is right, and consuming words on a screen is a "more primitive way of reading," then the iPad is a little bit Neanderthal and a little bit Prometheus. Its potential for creative ways to interact with literature makes it more than just an e-reader. And while it took more than a year and a half since the iPad's launch, some publishers are beginning to experiment with that potential. Last year saw several forays into innovative literature apps, most notably T.S. Elliot's The Waste Land
; Atlas Shrugged
and On The Road
also received the "enhanced" app treatment.
(Salon.com co-founder, NY Times Book Review columnist, author) and Maud Newton
(writer and critic for The NY Times Book Review, Granta, The Awl) have both written extensively about digital reading and publishing and they've launched The Chimerist
, tagline: Two iPad lovers at the intersection of art, stories, and technology.
: [more inside]
posted by not_the_water
on Feb 7, 2012 -
The Ayn Rand Institute
held their yearly confab
in Telluride, CO, near the purported location of the fiction Gault's Gulch of Atlas Shrugged
, celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the most turgid novels of all time. Part of the program included a panel of academics discussing their experiences "as objectivists." The Chronicle
of Higher Education reports on the state of objectivism in academe. Rand Grants
are up, tenure
is tendentious, and a for-profit Founders Institute
appears to be foundering. (more inside)
posted by beelzbubba
on Jul 14, 2007 -
is again in the pipeline to be made into a movie. BACK in the 1970s Albert S. Ruddy, the producer of “The Godfather,” first approached Ayn Rand to make a movie of her novel “Atlas Shrugged.” But Rand, who had fled the Soviet Union and gone on to inspire capitalists and egoists everywhere, worried aloud, apparently in all seriousness, that the Soviets might try to take over Paramount to block the project.
posted by Brian B.
on Jan 20, 2007 -