Monday, July 30, 2007

Ayn Rand


Magellan's Log:


Best English Language Books of the 20th Century

Not many readers can resist checking these out. But there is something strange here.

You might vehemently disagree with:

Modern Library Best 20 th. Century English Novels

then just to compare you look at:

Modern Library 100 Best 20 th. Century English Novels: Readers’ Choices

What is going on here?

1: The Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
6: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
22: Anthem by Ayn Rand
33: We the living by Ayn Rand

Conclusion: this is a joke; then: this is American; then: why do they do reader's choice which is more a demonstration they haven't read much.

Not having read Rand it was apparent pretty quick she was very popular in the States, her books still selling 100,000 a year.

Wiki: Ayn Rand

The internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Ayn Rand

The Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult by Murray N. Rothbard

By the time you have read these and maybe

Jenny Turner's LRB review of Ayn Rand by Jeff Britting

the final conclusion is you don't really need to read any of Rand's novels but are still puzzled by why so many Americans do (until, that is, you read this):

Death at the gazebo : Conservativism In Extremis at Hillsdale College

which brings in Rand.

P.S. All this reading has brought up a connection between Ayn Rand and Alan Greenspan, late of federal reserve. Apparently he was a disciple of Rand's in the early days.









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