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The Journals of Ayn Rand (p. 113 in my edition) cite the following comments from an interview she gave in 1961: Laski was the soul of Ellsworth Toohey in the flesh. After seeing Laski, I just had to remember how he lectured - his mannerisms, the pseudo-intellectual snideness, the whole manner of speaking on imortant subjects with inappropriate sarcasm as ...


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The historical part of - "The famous flutings on the the famous columns—what are they there for? To hide the joints in the wood" - is accurate. When using squared shapes (i.e. lengths of wood) to build a circular structure (the column) ou will have visible joints. See this picture... Notice how the curves (the fluting) serves to hide the joint in way the ...


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First, as a disclaimer, I actually don't agree with objectivism, but I'll try to summarize her position/arguments here. I think that this represents at least some of the arguments and claims that she may have advanced in responding to this question. With that said, I don't think that she's ignoring "ideal" altruism. I think that the books probably would've ...


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Ayn Rand's husband, Frank O'Connor, was born in Lorrain, Ohio. When in the process of creating great works it sometimes helps to stay grounded through your most solid partner-rock. Best available summary here.


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This is a really guesstimate-y answer. Proceed with caution. It's dark around 12 hours a day, and assuming they worked 16 hours a day (we also assume here my ridiculous assumptions will balance out) we have 4 hours of electricity use per day. Assume they used three lamps - one for each desk and maybe a main light. A normal lightbulb is around 60 watts, ...


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Keating was aware of how tremendously talented Mallory was though he wouldn't accept it himself. Because accepting that would mean accepting his own lack of worth. And this conflict of them (men like Mallory and Roark) and us (Keating himself and Toohey's seeming admiration of his work) was nestled deep in his soul though he wasn't consciously aware of it. ...


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Okay, to begin with you must not think merely of money as the motivator in human existence. Ayn Rand wrote both of these books to promote her own philosophy called objectivism, which is the premise that there is only this world, what you and I see and create it to be. Her ideas extend throughout the text to the conclusion that man defines his objective ...


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The key part of the quote is: It was said that Ellsworth Toohey had exercised a beneficent influence upon them - for they never forgot him: they came to consult him on many things, years later, they wrote him, they clung to him. They were like machines without a self-starter, that had to be cranked up by an outside hand. Ellsworth Toohey is driven by a ...


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Gail through his newspaper always criticized the great work of talented artists. And the people with no understanding of arts used to follow his newspaper's views and never gave talented artists what they deserved. Howard Roark was a talented young artist with a rich taste of architecture. This means if he want to be recognized for his work, he will have to ...


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