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Wednesday, January 16 - 1:50pmSanction this postReply

Telling someone that you enjoy reading the works of Ayn Rand is different from admitting that your opinions are informed by Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus or that you relax with William Faulkner. I recently worked with a team of a dozen technical writers. In fact, I was the only true technical writer on the team. The core group held MAs in technical writing from Texas State, but they were doing it just because it was a job that paid well. Another was a kindergarten teacher. Probably the most talented member of the team was an unpublished novelist. Of course, we talked about writing and literature. One of my colleagues said that he does not like Ayn Rand. “What have you read?” Nothing, he admitted, correcting himself to say, “I find that I don’t like the people who like Ayn Rand.” Up to that point, I thought that we had been getting along quite well. Apparently not…


The Night of January 16th is a crime drama. It centers on a global financial fraud and includes a street hoodlum. What made the play popular was that the jury was drawn from the audience. Rand wrote two endings for the final act. A bad adaptation was created for the big screen, directed by William Clemens with a screenplay by Delmer Daves, Robert Pirosh, and Eve Greene.

Ludwig Wittgenstein denied the validity of his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. He wrote it in the trenches while in the Austrian army. His military service did not protect him when the Nazis took over. He was forced to liquidate his family inheritance into gold and deliver it to the government in return for permission to emigrate to the UK. While in England, he worked out a different set of problems and solutions. He was accused of attacking Karl Popper with a fireplace poker. It is irrelevant today that both men were closet homosexuals. 

But is possible to discuss Wittgenstein’s metaphysics and epistemology or Karl Popper’s The Open Society and Its Enemies, without having to answer for all of their philosophical errors or lifestyle foibles. Not so with Ayn Rand. She is a lightening rod. It was from a Theodore Sturgeon story that I learned that I am not the only one who falls in love where the lightening strikes.


Full article here: https://necessaryfacts.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-night-of-january-16th.html


(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 1/16, 1:51pm)

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Saturday, February 16 - 1:24pmSanction this postReply

A bad adaptation was created for the big screen ...

In 1941, starring Robert Preston and Ellen Drew.  Fine actors but bad doesn’t begin to describe the script.  About the only thing in common with the play is the title, the name of Bjorn Faulkner, and the fake death.  The plot is very different and gone, totally, are any Randian themes.

Why did Rand give permission for the production of this travesty?  It looks like she sold out.


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Sunday, February 17 - 2:47pmSanction this postReply

How much control did she have?  My understanding is that the Broadway producer, who as I recall was named Hal Woods, got a lot of control.

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