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Who is John Galt? And Why Does Ayn Rand Still Fascinate The Young?

Paulus Textor Wrote: Aug 22, 2012 10:09 AM
If you want to understand writing talent, the first people to ignore are college professors and literary critics. They glorify Dickens, who had the unique talent of turning 100 pages worth of novella into a meandering, tiresome, 600 page novel. Or Melville--same story. But then they criticize Rand for being long-winded. They love Thomas Mann, whose novels were often nothing more than flat, boring characters having discussions about philosophy. But they hate Rand because her characters give philosophical speeches.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Aug 22, 2012 10:23 AM
'Tis hard to say, if greater Want of Skill
Appear in Writing or in Judging ill,
But, of the two, less dang'rous is th' Offence,
To tire our Patience, than mis-lead our Sense....

--Alexander Pope

Ayn Rand is back in the news, as she always is in the subconscious of healthy American males. Reading her is as much a developmental stage as puberty. Most grow out of it, but that doesn't mean it leaves them, it just becomes part of their make-up somewhere back there. Like old girlfriends or nights on the town fondly remembered, but not something they'd want to go through again, please God.

For a brief bright period, as with all forms of intoxication, the subject is convinced he's discovered the secret of the universe, the essence of existence, his purpose in life...