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Perfecting Roark in Three Parts

Kurt Keefner, author of Killing Cool: Fantasy vs. Reality in American Life offers his in-depth analysis of Howard Roark, Ayn Rand's main character from The Fountainhead. In this three-part essay, Keefner moves us through the mechanics of the evolution of this fiercely independent fictional man.

Thales Day: The birthday of reason

The story of how the scientist-philosopher Thales came to predict a solar eclipse in 585 B.C. is an inspiring lesson in the triumph of rational, independent thinking. Lovers of reason should celebrate accordingly!

Honor in the concrete

On the surface, Locke writer-director Stephen Knight has given us a minimalist movie about a man, his car, and his mobile device. For 85 minutes we watch a man who pours concrete for a living, driving alone in his car and talking on the phone. On a deeper level, however, this is a movie about something subtle and important: The role of honor.

The Tao of Roark: A love song to life on earth

Do you enjoy learning from The Fountainhead? Now you can glean even more. In The Tao of Roark, Peter Saint-Andre explores key personal growth themes from Ayn Rand’s novel — themes immediately relevant to living the good life — with unusual insight and wisdom. This book honors, above all, the sacred fire of individuality. There's just one catch: The book uses unusual means to achieve its unusual effects.

Clockwork Angels: The Novel

We’ve long known the rock band Rush was influenced by Ayn Rand’s writings, including her sci-fi novelette Anthem. Now lyricist Neil Peart and co-author Kevin J. Anderson have written their own sci-fi/fantasy novel, itself inspired by a new Rush album. But how do the book — and the associated album — stand up to the legacy of Rush’s classic work?

North and South: An industrial synthesis

Charlotte Bronte meets Ayn Rand in this 19th Century novel about a minister’s daughter who finds her independence and an industrialist who transforms from a despot to an enlightened capitalist. The author has an exciting way of presenting ideas, and her take on the Industrial Revolution is quite different from Dickens and other writers of the era. Is this a novel Ayn Rand fans could love?

War and purpose: Cossacks in Paris

Historical novels remain one of the few genres that capture the world-altering nature of big events, as well as the heroes (and villains) behind them. Set in the same time period as “War and Peace,” Jeffrey Perren’s new “Cossacks in Paris” is starkly different from Tolstoy’s classic, in characters and plot. So how does it measure up, by Randian standards?

The unexpected Ayn Rand

Critics claim Ayn Rand’s characters are too godlike, with few human characteristics and no inner conflicts. But the subtleties of Rand’s characters reveal they're actually quite human — even tender. Take a closer look. Maybe it wasn’t her characters that she turned into gods.

Ayn Rand Explained

Each year for the past decade, Open Court Publishing Company has released a new book in its “Ideas Explained” series. This year they are offering a volume on Ayn Rand, to sit right beside Sartre, Heidegger, and Rawls. Does the book do justice to its subject? Let’s take a closer look.

Man of Steel: Just a guy

With the release of “Man of Steel,” the Superman franchise has been given new life. For generations, he has been one of America’s most iconic heroes. But should he be? How does he stack up, as a role model and embodiment of what we should admire most?