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The Biggest Flaw of Ayn Rand

Hey Sebastian,

I came across your site a few days ago after a friend posted a link to your "What Skills Do You Need to be an Entrepreneur? Only Two" article. While I've read many different blogging sites about similar topics, there was something about your writing that has compelled me to stay on your site and read through dozens of your articles. In fact, of all the sites/blogs I have read, you are the first I have attempted to contact. You seem like a really interesting guy, and you have certainly inspired me.

Anyways, I read in one of your works that you aren't much a fan of small talk (nor am I), so I'll cut straight to my questions:

What are you thoughts on Ayn Rand? Have you read Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead? The reason I ask is because a lot of your writing seems to reflect some of the core points of her philosophy, at least on an individual perspective (as portrayed in The Fountainhead). I'm not sure how you feel about her philosophy for a society as a whole, as in Atlas Shrugged.

If you've never read her before, here is a good excerpt of her thoughts on money (to get an idea of what her books are like):http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/economics/money/1826-francisco-s-money-speech.html

A Reading Frenzy

On Where Pianos Roam

So, I've been doing  a good bit of reading lately.  In addition to all of those Chris Van Allsburg children's books, there are three wonderful books that I have been plowing through. I finished a book called "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield last week. This one was a total page-turner.  It is a story about a somewhat reclusive auther/biographer who is asked by a world-reknowned novelist to write her biography.  I don't want to give anything away, but what happens as a result is a story full of twists, turns, and emotions running deep.  As one of the best books I've read in a while, it is extremely well-written and has characters rich with depth and power.  I absolutely loved it. A couple of weeks ago, I borrowed a book called 100 Cupboards for my nine-year-old nephew to read.  Suffice it to say that he's not really into books, and so, I started to casually read it one morning while I was taking a break from working on my website.  Within the first 10 pages, I was hooked.  Since I new I had to finish "The Thirteenth Tale" first, I decided to hold off until that book was done. I am so glad I did because this book is a roller coaster ride in and of itself.  It starts off on an unusual premise when a boy named Henry arrives in a small, sleepy town called Henry, Kansas.  He arrives there to stay with his aunt and uncle because his parents were kidnapped while travelling in a South American country.    He stays in the attic, and within his first couple of days there, he discovers something hidden behind the plastered wall that his bed leans up against.  The rest of the story is imaginatively well documented, and I couldn't put it down .  .  . This book is all about adventure and non-stop action.  Don't let the slow-paced opening chapter fool you.  Once the story gets going, it won't let you go.  If you liked the Harry Potter series, then you will love this one.  What I liked the most was the main character named Henry.  There is this dignity and humility about him that is all too intriguing.  I kept rooting for him all the way through. Of course on the same day that I finished "10o Cupboards", I rushed off to the library to get part 2:  Dandelion Fire.  Within two days, I read all 466 pages of it .  .  . I was not disappointed.  This book packed more of a punch than the first one.  I am looking forward to the next and last instalment of the series when it comes out in January of 2010. Thanks to these books, I am now also a fan of their author N.D. Wilson.  (www.ndwilson.com)  He's really quite good, and I'm looking forward to reading more of his work in the future. Okay, so over the next week, I'm taking a break from reading and will return to my other passion--KNITTING!!!  There is a brand new pattern I am itching to get started on. No rest for The Asian!!! Is reading better than chocolate?  Hhhmmm, tough call. -gordo

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