The Fountainhead

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A lively discussion and—being my first visit to the group—I should like to say that I felt quite welcome. Many apologies if anyone was offended that I called John Galt a d*ck. Mayhap, being a newbie, I ought to have used a less colorful word.

    At any rate, I hope to return to the group again when the timing is right. Happy Sunday.

    July 14, 2013

    • Todd

      I love a discussion that uses "colorful" words

      July 14, 2013

    • Yona

      Todd: Oh, right! Who is John Galt? I had forgotten that entire aspect. Sorry! For my punishment, I'm making me throw myself in the briarpatch and read _Atlas Shrugged_ again.

      1 · July 15, 2013

  • Jean M.

    I met Ayn Rand when I was in college. She came to our dorm and gave a talk about women in her literature. She was way ahead of her time, when it comes to women's rights.
    She was confident, but strangely self-conscious. She spoke of nothing personal and never laughed. Serious....maybe, sad, even.
    Question: Isn't FOUNTAINHEAD a book for our philosophical enlightenment?
    Her answer: "My purpose, first cause, and prime mover, is the portrayal of Howard Roark....as an end in himself"
    She spoke firmly, but softly - we had to really be quiet to hear her. She is small of stature. Wore a stern, tailored business suit paired with a lace blouse pinned by an old fashioned brooch. Go figure.
    She made a huge impression on me, as did FOUNTAINHEAD. In fact, I used some ideas from FOUNTAINHEAD in my senior speech to our graduating class.
    I love the way she uses words.

    3 · July 15, 2013

  • Todd

    My favorite Rand work is a play she wrote called "Night of January 16th" in which audience members are chosen to make up a "jury" that decides if a character is guilty. It had two endings depending on the verdict. She weighted the evidence equally so that the decision would be made by one's "style of life" (reminds me of a very recent, polarizing jury verdict)
    Helen Keller was once the jury foreperson and that night the verdict was the same as mine.

    July 14, 2013

  • Christine

    was a great discussion - nice to have a new person - language was fine - we have heard worse 0-))). We are adults.

    July 14, 2013

  • Todd

    I enjoyed the discussion, thanks Catherine for organizing.

    July 14, 2013

  • Rick

    Enjoyed discussion.

    July 14, 2013

  • Yona

    We tackled a long book; it was worth every minute of reading. Discussion was lively and insightful. This book is another one of those that if you've let pop culture's stream of consciousness be your source for what it's about, you're going to be surprised when you actually read the book. Unfortunately, today we had to leave our discussion too soon.

    July 14, 2013

  • Catherine

    It's amazing what good conversation will do for a bad book!

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • joel m.

    I hate to miss this but I have to go see my grandson. Sorry, Rick!

    July 12, 2013

  • Sarah H

    I have out of town guests, so I'll have to miss this one. Sorry, Rick! I wanted to be there for you!

    July 10, 2013

  • Catherine

    We have the community room again, and I'll be collecting voluntary meetup fees contributions!

    June 9, 2013

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