Ayn Rand and Adult-Onset Adolescence

THE FOUNTAINHEAD is one of my personal all-time favorite must-read novels; it establishes Ayn Rand as a major, domineering fiction writer.  I’ve read that she wrote it on methamphetamines, and tho I have never tried them and therefore know not whereof I speak, let me say that it really shows! Reader, I said “major, domineering …

Oh, the book is always better.

However, there are exceptions that break the rule: THE MIST – even Stephen King thought so. JAWS – fun beach reading; pulpy sleazy sexually explicit with shady Mafia subplot involving the Mayor and unsatisfying ending; transformed into epic cinematic pop art. GOLDFINGER – pulpy convoluted confusing thriller with sex, transformed into fun pop art. PSYCHO …