I awoke the other day to this email from a stranger:
Just saw your 2009 piece on Atlas Shrugged. You completely missed the point of Rand’s book, which is that you can’t consume what you don’t produce, but that a lot of folks would like to consume what they can take from others. I’m looking forward to the movie next month. No doubt we will see the leftists out in force to tell us how bad it is. The best thing for Atlas Shrugged and Ayn Rand has been the Obama administration.
I replied: “Then you can’t see the movie if you didn’t produce it, by that reasoning…”
A movie adaptation of any lengthy book is bound to reduce its ideas, themes, and arguments to piece meal phrases that will not do justice to the author’s intent. But I foresee a particular risk in this upcoming film effort tackling Rand’s opus of ego, and spurring some to further reduce it to clichés about how everyone is always trying to take your sh*t from you. Read More