Thursday, October 11, 2007

Objectivist Carnival: Atlas Shrugged Week

Welcome to the 13th edition of the Objectivist Round Up! We have quite a few excellent posts this week, all in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Atlas Shrugged!

Monica starts us off with My Experience with Atlas Shrugged posted at Spark A Synapse. She says, "This week, I have a somewhat sappy story about my experience first reading Atlas, and the influence the novel has had in my life." Her experience mirrors some of my own, so her piece really resonated with me.

Myrhaf presents Atlas Shrugged posted at Myrhaf. He writes about the lasting impact Atlas has had in terms of book sales as well as how Objectivism riles both liberals and conservatives alike.

Rational Jenn presents The Books That Live Inside You posted at Rational Jenn. As the kind of person who is never alone so long as there are books around, my post is about the crew that is running the literary show in my head.

Kyle presents Happy 50th Birthday, Atlas posted at Haight Speech. He remarks, "I've written up a few personal reminiscences about Atlas Shrugged and put them on my blog. (Oddly enough I first read Rand 20 years ago, so for me it's a double anniversary.)"

Allen presents One Beautiful Mind posted at ALLEN'S IMAGE ADJUSTMENT. Allen writes about his personal experience with discovering Atlas Shrugged and pays tribute to the woman who wrote it--Ayn Rand.

Craig Ceely presents Pumping Clavicles, or: The Shape of Shrugs to Come posted at The Anger of Compassion saying, "Celebrate beauty and the heroic, not celebrity fashion."

Ari Armstrong presents Atlas Shrugged -- The Game posted at He says, "Often I come across tidbits in the popular media and think, "Wow, that could have come straight out of Atlas Shrugged." Indeed, Ayn Rand's ability to read and predict cultural trends can seem uncanny. So, as a fun way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the publication of the novel, I'm suggesting Atlas Shrugged -- The Game." A very cool idea--it's blogging, it's a game, it's Objectivism--hmmm....maybe a possible future theme for the Objectivist Round Up?

Ergo presents Atlas Celebrations in Landmark Mumbai posted at Leitmotif. Ergo writes, "Across, India the Golden Anniversary celebrations of Atlas Shrugged are underway: in places like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. In Mumbai, I am organizing and hosting the event. View details and updates here." Please put some pictures of the celebration up on your blog! Sounds like a lot of fun!

That concludes our carnival this week. I hope you've found something new and interesting and enjoyable among the posts included today. Hopefully some of these posts will inspire you to read the book again. If you have not yet discovered Atlas Shrugged (or any of Ayn Rand's novels or nonfiction), then your homework is to go to your nearest bookstore and get a copy and read it!

We still need a host for next week's edition of the Objectivist Round Up! Drop me a line and let me know if you are interested in being a host for a future edition. The deadline to submit posts for next week's carnival is October 17 at 11pm Eastern. Use this link to submit your posts!

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