Ayn Rand

It’s August 31st, BLOGDAY. Time to discover some new blogs. First, I would be remiss not to recognize Sarah at St Bloggie de Riviere for putting me up for a Thinking Blogger Award (see rules below)* and whose blog is a regular favorite of mine. Having been tagged, and in a kind of mashup with […]

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I have long extolled the philosophical writings of Ayn Rand. In the States, in certain circles, her name and writings are typically well known. In Paris, other than my wife (who is a big fan, too), I have yet to find a French person who knows her. Atlas Shrugged (La Révolte d’Atlas) and The Fountainhead […]

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In a continuation of the favorite things kids say, this one is for the odd things adults say. The challenge with this is the cultural context. So, with my Western prejudice, I will limit my thoughts to the Anglo-Franco-American that I am. How are you doing? (that platitudinous greeting, asked with no interest in listening […]

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Have you ever been recommended a book where the person starts with, “Boy do I have a book for you, you’ll love it…”? Without even buying or reading the book, I often stop to think what impression the person has of me that would make them recommend it. After reading the recommended book, the statement […]

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Probably not many of us still around who love Ayn Rand, but I believe that her philosophies (determinism, objectivism…) remain appropriate and valid; even if the writing style has aged. The Fountainhead is a delightful novel and Howard Roark’s discipline and relationship with time is still applicable to today’s manic life. Atlas Shrugged is a […]

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