Michael Herrick

Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand is completely misunderstood both by those who love her and by those who revile her. In fact, she’s one of the best writers of humor since Dickens. Her heroes can be boring but her villains are hysterical. If your political biases prevent you from laughing out loud while reading the scenes with Ellsworth Toohey or Wesley Mouch, then I truly pity you. She’s also an excellent plotter and leitmotifer. The gradual revelation of who is John Galt is very skillfully done. I have yet to find someone who dislikes Ayn Rand and is able to argue intelligently against that claim on aesthetic grounds. It is also true that Ayn Rand was insane and constructed insane universes. But when was that ever a problem for art?

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