We’ve seen a million words printed about the 50th anniversary of the publication of Kerouac’s On the Road, but that’s not the only classic hitting the half-century mark. This year is also the 50th birthday of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (see NY Times piece here ).
I read a big chunk of this big book years ago, but didn’t finish it for some reason. I did read We The Living and The Virtue of Selfishness. I seem to recall reading that she and William F. Buckley Jr. had some major differences that led to her being alienated from the conservative movement Buckley was trying to form in the 50s and 60s.
I’m curious: If you’re a Rand reader or a Rand believer, what is her appeal, as you see it, and what influence do you think she’s had on American society as a whole?