Originally Posted by ShawnJ
Splinemodel loves that psychoanalysis.
Yeah, but he really, really sucks at it.
midwinter doesn't like Ayn Rand. I'm not sure if it's the ideology, the writing itself, or some combination of the two.
You got it. Not only do I find the ideology both naive and old-fashioned (are we SURE these "novels" weren't written in the 18th century? or by Ward and June Cleaver?), but the writing is clunky.
Personally, I think she's a bit crazy, but I like the basic message. The fact that she's a Russian Jew immigrant and a survivor definitely comes out, and I like that. I like the fact that in her fictional world the people that survive are the ones that work hard and believe in themselves. The rest of the story, however, always manages to follow like a bad 50's movie.
I would suggest that you watch episodes of Leave It To Beaver
. It'll only take a half hour and you get the same message.
For an academic with possibly no recollection of his bloodline's past, this can be an extremely foreign concept, or he might just be a softy.
You have no idea what the fuck you're talking about. But yeah. Forgetting one's "bloodline" is a trait common to Southerners.
Maybe it's even jealousy that she managed to succeed at selling a product, and as far as I know he has not.
You have no idea what the fuck you're talking about, and I hardly feel the need to defend my career to you (although my publication and presentation histories are matters of public record). Maybe when you have a career, we can talk. But right now, you need to find a place to live so you can find a job. I still recommend SLC.
However it may be, the fact is that midwinter detests Ayn Rand's books, and I'd venture a guess that it's both of the main aspects that he dislikes. I seem to remember him claiming to have used pages of at least one of her books as toilet roll, which is a fate I wish on no book.
As I said earlier, I liked neither the writing nor the philosophy in her books, and I've read several.
Here's a little psychoanalysis for you, Princeton boy (I'm frankly stunned that you didn't remind us 9 times in your post that you went there): why don't you invest your intellectual and emotional energy into finding a job to replace the one you quit out of the blue and stop childishly lashing out at people who lead happy and productive lives? You ever wonder if maybe there's a connection there? Maybe just a little? A teensy bit of connection considering I'm the second academic type you've attacked lately (Shawn, earlier)?
My point? Maybe you ought to stop fighting it and go back to school.