Sunday, December 16, 2007

So Who's John Galt?

Where's Ragnar Danneskjold? I want to smoke a cigar with Francisco D'Anconia and have a drink with Hank Rearden.

He was holding her half-stretched across the bed. He was tearing her clothes off, while her face was pressed against him, her mouth moving down the line of his neck, down his shoulder. She knew that every gesture of her desire for him struck him like a blow, that there was some shudder of incredulous anger within him - yet that no gesture would satisfy his greed for every evidence of her desire.

She knew that what she felt with the skin of her arms was the cloth of his shirt, she knew that the lips she felt on her mouth were his, but in the rest of her there was no distinction between his being and her own, as there was no division between body and spirit. Through of the steps of the years behind them, the steps down a course chosen in the courage of a single loyalty: their love of existence - chosen in the knowledge that nothing will be given, that one must make one's own desire and every shape of its fulfillment - through the steps of shaping metal, rails, and motors - they had moved by the power of the thought that one remakes the world for one's enjoyment, that man's spirit gives meaning to insentient matter by molding it to serve one's chosen goal. The course led them to the moment when, in answer to the highest of one's values, in an admiration not to be expressed by any other form of tribute, one's spirit makes one's body become the tribute, recasting it - as proof, as sanction, as reward - into a single sensation of such intensity of joy that no other sanction of one's existence is necessary. He heard the moan of her breath, she felt the shudder of his body, in the same instant.

Ahhh. It doesn't get much better than reading Ayn Rand at the age of eighteen.


Anonymous The Navigator said...

You do realize they are producing a film of "Atlas Shrugged"?

Prepare to be sick. Do you know who is playing Dagny?

Anjela Jolie.

Hank Reardon?

Brad Pitt.

12/16/2007 12:30 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Oh, I think I am going to be sick.

X4MR's cast for Atlas Shrugged:

Dagny Taggart: Nicole Kidman
Hank Rearden: George Clooney
Francisco D'Anconia: Johnny Depp (Best Role!)
James Taggart: Beau Bridges
Lillian Rearden: Joan Allen
Wesley Mouch: Wallace Shawn
Ragnar Danneskjold: Nicolas Cage
John Galt: Bruce Greenwood
Eddie Willers: Stephen Culp
Ellis Wyatt: Sam Elliot
Bertram Scudder: Christopher Lee

Brad Pitt as Rearden is truly nauseating.

12/16/2007 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is such a great book.

I love your quote in SE by Francisco D'Anconia, "You can't have your cake and let your neighbor eat it, too."

I wonder if the Ron Paul blimp actually is a reference to Galt.

I bet it is.

12/16/2007 4:49 PM  
Blogger Dustin said...

teenage sex fantasy at it's best, nobody does it like rand.

12/17/2007 7:50 AM  

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