Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Atlas Shrugged Project

will run on Fridays, beginning in 6 days.
In the meantime, for those who didn't see it at McSweeney's or LG&M or in the thread down below, there's this.
Also, there's a movie version planned for next year, rumored to be starring Angefuckinglina Jolie. Thankfully she stopped being hot a long time ago, if she ever was, and just looks sickly these days.
(Yes, I know, lookism.)

10 comments:

bulbul said...

Atlas Shrugged Fridays, nice.

Mr Wonderful said...

Leave Angelina out of this.

NutellaonToast said...

I can't wait until we get to the train wreck

brad said...

She put herself in it.
Not only is she sickly-looking, she's a huge Ayn Rand fan.

Mr. Wonderful said...

"Sickly"? To each his own. But the heart sinks, learning she likes this book. Which I already hate but have ordered and will--at least at first--willingly read.

BTW, to prepare, here are two contemporaneous reviews. Granville Hicks in the NY Times:

http://tinyurl.com/2yquob

...and Whittaker Chambers, in National Review:

http://tinyurl.com/35lm4q

They BOTH pan it. About how many other books has that ever been true?

(And note Gore Vidal's calling Atlas Shrugged "nearly perfect in its immorality.")

Anonymous said...

Jolie has starred in one right-wing, gun-worshiping, piece-of-shit after another, so it's no surprise that Rand is some sort of hero to her.

MikeG said...

Clearly more going on here with Angelina: how does she reconcile her international charity and diplomacy roles with that movies she chooses to make? Either her head explodes daily or she doesn't think that much about it or the means (movies, $$, publicity) justifies the ends (publicity for charities/UN/poverty, etc) and vice versa. I am truly baffled here; maybe someone can fill me in. And, you can't just dismiss her work with the UN and aid agencies; who else has that much publicity to get people to AT LEAST look at these issues. I just don't get the Atlas Shrugged connection...

NutellaonToast said...

I've come across a number of people who love Rand's "books" but share her philosophy very little. To some, I think, the idea of self-empowerment is the draw and somehow they ignore or just miss the crazy ramblings about how the poor people are inferior and should die, etc...

MikeG said...

Tony Blankley said essentially just that (poor/old people should just die) in last week's Left, Right and Center and the rest of the crew let him pass and/or laughed it off. I couldn't believe it but probably should have. Most of the episode is about Tony blabbing on about freedom and then he gets to Rand a little more than halfway through; might add some colour to the Friday gig.

I don't know how to embed links so here is the full jobby from KCRW if anyone wants it (it's the 'future of capitalism' episode):

http://www.kcrw.com/news/programs/lr/lr081128the_future_of_capita

another thought: can you call the Friday affair 'Atlas Shat'? Would that work at all?

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