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 …

Patterns: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (AND ARC)

If you’re a screenwriter you’ve probably talked a great deal already about RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: it fascinates people.  It’s so “typical” in its structure yet so “atypical” at the same time. This is a special movie; like James Bond, but more rough & tumble, with a mystical, divine intervention.  Jamie Nash was dubious …

THE FOUNTAINHEAD by AYN RAND

Ok, I get it, people don’t like Ayn Rand! Most people object to her because of their politics.  I was recently totally surprised to hear someone complain about Ayn Rand’s dismissal of physically challenged people as second-class citizens in THE FOUNTAINHEAD.  When I read ANIMAL FARM as a kid, I fell in love with it.  …