Atlas Shrugged: Day 2

Friday, 12 July 2002

Day 2: On page 182 of Atlas Shrugged, I figured out who John Galt was.

Major Objection: 18% of the way through the book. The story only holds my interest because of the characters’ internal dialogues. Character development does not seem to be Ayn Rand’s strong point and her use of narrative device only seems clich?. I AM, however, enjoying the book. She deals in extremes, the Prime Movers, Rearden, Dagny Taggert, and d’Anconia are demigods, and all others are sycophants and whiners. An appropriate use for her since the Prime Movers are also the Prime Examples of Objectivism and its extreme rationality, while all others merely toss out infantile rantings and temper tantrums. This ploy would be effective if it weren’t so obvious. Ayn Rand’s schizophrenic use of straightforward declamation with unsophisticated attempts at subtlety makes me feel that she is desperately trying to get someone to agree with her. An attention getting insecurity.

I am one hypercritical muthafucka. They are just opinions but I feel the greatest honor I can do to an artwork is to do my best at analyzing it. For that shows that I take its existence seriously. If I am not critical of something it is because I think it is frivolous and therefore not worthy of dissection. There isn’t anything wrong with that is there?

Car Stolen, Almost

Thursday, 11 July 2002

I thought my car had been stolen yesterday. Turns out the University had decided it and 3 other cars needed towing to another parking lot farther away. Why? So a temporary chain link fence could be put up. The reason for the fence is not obvious, it merely partitions part of the lot from the rest. It appears that the fence is one of those things that exists only to make things slightly more grating for people. So I searched the lot for about a half hour wondering if I had parked it somewhere else and had forgotten. As my anxiety leveled increased I realized that my 1993 Oldsmobile EightyEight wasn’t there. Shit. So I go back to call security and here we go:

Security: “Notre Dame Security this is Sandra.”
Adam: “I’m calling to report a stolen vehic…”
S: “Oh! Were you parked in D2? We towed 4 cars out of there to the North lot today.”
A: “Yeah I was in D2, did you tow a…”
S: “We’ve got a grey Ford Pickup, license plate num…”
A: (cursing internally) “No, that is not my car. I have a…”
S: “…and we have a grey Oldsmobile that belongs to…”
A: (irately) “I have an Oldsmobile but its navy not grey, the name is Adam Harvey.”
S: “I’ve got an Oldsmobile with Indiana plates registered to a Harvey A. Barnard.”
A: (more internal cursing) “Yeah, that’s me.”
S: “There is no cost to you, sir. Have good day.” (click)
A: “Fuck.”

Absurd. Especially in the existentialist meaning of the word.

Its gonna take awhile to read Atlas Shrugged since the book itself is large enough to be borne by Atlas. So to amuse myself while I read it I’m going to rip on Ayn Rand’s philosophy: Objectivism.

Day 1: The last few pages of the book (after the novel itself) are devoted to a synopsis of her philosophy.
Major Objection: A philosophy that depends on a pulp printing of a book to get a word in edgewise rather defeats the credibility of said philosophy.
Metaphysics: “Objectivism rejects any belief in the supernatural-​and any claim that individuals or groups create their own reality.”
Major Objection: This in effect states that societies should not exist. For what is society, but a mass consumed created reality? Lunatics are ostracized for the very reason that their created reality exists in conflict to the status quo. Objectivism also therefore opposes the existentialist idea that meaning is created and exerted by the individual. For Objectivism, meaning must exist as fact only, the ultimate pragmatism.

The Road Home

Thursday, 9 May 2002

5.9.02 INT. KEOUGH HALL RM 435 1:00pm DAY

all of the marmosets are gone, and so am i. this won’t be updated until i am back on the 20th. for those of you who want to know, here is my summer reading list as it stands now (feel free to add to it).

  • fritz leiber;
  • art of zen and motorcycle maintenance;
  • lord of the flies;
  • 1984;
  • catcher in the rye;
  • the art of war;
  • book of five rings by miyamoto musashi;
  • dennis mckiernan;
  • clockwork orange;
  • high fidelity;
  • on the road;
  • hamlet;
  • confederacy of dunces;
  • gingerman;
  • the naked and the dead;
  • good omens;
  • ridiculous rhymes (roald dahl);
  • atlas shrugged;
  • f scott fitzgerald this side of paradise;
  • something by hemingway

today i am roadtrippin’

listening to The Road Home (a compilation CD i made)