An “Atlas Shrugged” Theme Post

I’m still grinding my way through Atlas Shrugged (I’ve made it past the 300 page mark! I’m a quarter of the way through! … Urg.) But, it also appears to be taking over my life.

For instance, The Colbert Report talked about The Atlasphere: a dating site for fans of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. (It starts at 1:55 in the clip below.)

(Wowza. Plus, given the skeeviness of the sex scenes in this book, I would not want to date anyone taking their pointers from it.)

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

I also joined a new gaming club, for board games and card games and the like. I’ve learned two new games in the last few weeks. Both of them are a lot of fun… and both of them involve building train systems.

Welcome to “Ticket to Ride” and “Trans America.”

TicketToRide     TransAmerica

And finally, when I was just talking (read: venting) to Anna about the book, my playlist comes to Billy Joel singing about living in a small dying industrial town, Allentown:

Atlas Shrugged is taking over my life!

But at least the extra bits are really fun.

2 comments on “An “Atlas Shrugged” Theme Post

  1. Anna says:

    When I was looking around for discussions about The Atlasphere, I ran across this blog, which also discusses how pro-rape Ayn Rand often comes across as, and how that really would be cause for concern when it comes to an online dating service:

    http://franklycurious.com/index.php?itemid=3792

    So far, no actual rape in Atlas Shrugged, mostly just rape-adjacent sex.

    • Rebecca says:

      It makes a certain amount of (disturbing) sense: If you like power and admire people who take what they want while disapproving of people who think of others before themselves, you’d be pro-rape.

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