A stern letter to Borders

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    Jan 23, 2010 10:13 PM GMT
    I'm writing a stern letter (a la Joe Solomnese) to Borders concerning their placement of the work of Ayn Rand in the Literature section. I suggest these books ought to be shelved in the Pulp Fiction department.
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    Jan 24, 2010 12:55 AM GMT
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    NPR had a Ayn Rand story recently ..

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114373264
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    Jan 24, 2010 2:42 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    TigerTim saidI'm writing a stern letter (a la Joe Solomnese) to Borders concerning their placement of the work of Ayn Rand in the Literature section. I suggest these books ought to be shelved in the Pulp Fiction department.

    Or at the very least in the 'Doorstop' department. That's what I use my copy for. (So who says her life's work was in vain?)


    Now that you mention it, her books are big and heavy. Yes. Doorstop is a good use for them -- good thinking!
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    Jan 24, 2010 2:45 AM GMT
    If corporations have free speech, why not Ayn Rand?

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    Jan 24, 2010 2:47 AM GMT
    TexDef07 saidIf corporations have free speech, why not Ayn Rand?



    You can say what you like. That doesn't mean you should be in the literature section.
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    Jan 24, 2010 2:47 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    TigerTim saidI'm writing a stern letter (a la Joe Solomnese) to Borders concerning their placement of the work of Ayn Rand in the Literature section. I suggest these books ought to be shelved in the Pulp Fiction department.

    Awwww. You are a cutie. Wrongheaded, but that's OK cuz you're so cute!


    I like that you're so bloody minded. And totally mistaken.
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    Jan 24, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    jprichva said
    Or at the very least in the 'Doorstop' department. That's what I use my copy for. (So who says her life's work was in vain?)

    I thought the books in your collection aren't any more substantial than Dr. Seuss. That seems about the right match with your intellectual capacity.


    There's some surprising wisdom to be found in Dr Seuss:

    Then at that very instant we heard a loud WHACK!
    From out in the fields came the sickening smack
    of an axe on a tree. Then we heard the tree fall.
    THE VERY LAST TRUFFULA TREE OF THEM ALL!
    No more trees, no more thneeds, no more work to be done,
    and in no time my uncles and aunts, every one,
    had waved me good-bye. They jumped into my cars,
    and drove away under the smoke-smuggered stars.
    Then all that was left 'neath the bad-smelling sky
    was my big empty factory, the Lorax, and I.

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    Jan 24, 2010 2:57 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    jprichva said
    Or at the very least in the 'Doorstop' department. That's what I use my copy for. (So who says her life's work was in vain?)

    I thought the books in your collection aren't any more substantial than Dr. Seuss.

    Not true.
    None of Marx's works make light reading!
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    Jan 24, 2010 2:59 AM GMT
    TexDef07 said
    southbeach1500 said
    jprichva said
    Or at the very least in the 'Doorstop' department. That's what I use my copy for. (So who says her life's work was in vain?)

    I thought the books in your collection aren't any more substantial than Dr. Seuss.

    Not true.
    None of Marx's works make light reading!


    Have you ever read Marx?
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    Jan 24, 2010 3:01 AM GMT
    TigerTim, your brilliance is wasted on the knee-jerk radical right wing Republican who thinks that you can run a country without a government or taxes, and that Judges are "activist" only when they rule contrary to his radical beliefs.
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    Jan 24, 2010 3:01 AM GMT
    TigerTim said
    TexDef07 said
    southbeach1500 said
    jprichva said
    Or at the very least in the 'Doorstop' department. That's what I use my copy for. (So who says her life's work was in vain?)

    I thought the books in your collection aren't any more substantial than Dr. Seuss.

    Not true.
    None of Marx's works make light reading!


    Have you ever read Marx?

    "Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa, das Gespenst der Kommunismus."
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    Jan 24, 2010 3:02 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidTigerTim, your brilliance is wasted on the knee-jerk radical right wing Republican who thinks that you can run a country without a government or taxes, and that Judges are "activist" only when they rule contrary to his radical beliefs.


    I suppose I have a soft spot for anarchists, really.
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    Jan 24, 2010 3:13 AM GMT
    corporate personhood makes me sad...
    Le sigh. icon_sad.gif

    If you don't know it: http://podcasts.howstuffworks.com/hsw/podcasts/sysk/2008-11-20-sysk-corporation-person_1.mp3
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    Jan 24, 2010 3:14 AM GMT
    OM-G.... do people still shop at Borders? It's all about Barnes & Noble. Obvi...
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    Jan 24, 2010 3:24 AM GMT
    Burnt my copy of The Fountainhead. Okay, I probably wouldn't have if it hadn't been slightly water damaged and I needed something to start a fire with. The only reason I didn't wipe my ass with it was for fear of paper cuts.
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    Jan 24, 2010 4:13 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite> The only reason I didn't wipe my ass with it was for fear of paper cuts.

    Aha! The virtue of selfishness finally uncovered!
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    Jan 24, 2010 4:18 AM GMT
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    Jan 24, 2010 4:24 AM GMT
    Caesarea4 saidGuerrillaSodomite> The only reason I didn't wipe my ass with it was for fear of paper cuts.

    Aha! The virtue of selfishness finally uncovered!


    There is nothing selfish about not wanting your sphincter shredded by that hack.icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 24, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
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    Caesarea4 saidGuerrillaSodomite> The only reason I didn't wipe my ass with it was for fear of paper cuts.

    Aha! The virtue of selfishness finally uncovered!


    There is nothing selfish about not wanting your sphincter shredded by that hack.icon_lol.gif

    That's right. Robby's ass deserves a writer with much greater literary sensitivity.


    Perhaps Virginia Woolf?
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    Jan 24, 2010 4:56 AM GMT
    TigerTim said
    jprichva said
    GuerrillaSodomite said
    Caesarea4 saidGuerrillaSodomite> The only reason I didn't wipe my ass with it was for fear of paper cuts.

    Aha! The virtue of selfishness finally uncovered!


    There is nothing selfish about not wanting your sphincter shredded by that hack.icon_lol.gif

    That's right. Robby's ass deserves a writer with much greater literary sensitivity.


    Perhaps Virginia Woolf?


    Please, don't bring Ms. Woolf, one of my favorites, into this.

    When I was a kid, my great aunt took me to Yeshiva University in NYC to hear Ayn Rand speak. About all I remember is that she chain-smoked and that my aunt took to impersonating her constantly with the line, "Altruism iz destroy kap--ee-ta-lisum."

    We do have a very smart member here who defends Ayn. I am surprised he hasn't chimed in.

    EDIT: What's the allusion to Joe Solmonese about?

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    Jan 24, 2010 5:01 AM GMT
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    NPR had a Ayn Rand story recently ..

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114373264


    That story includes this statement: "Heller calls Rand "perhaps the most important communicator of conservative ideas to the America people." Rand believed the dollar sign "was a better symbol than the cross, because it didn't require the sacrifice of anybody."

    The dollar sign doesn't require the sacrifice of anybody??
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    Jan 24, 2010 5:04 AM GMT
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    Please, don't bring Ms. Woolf, one of my favorites, into this.

    When I was a kid, my great aunt took me to Yeshiva University in NYC to hear Ayn Rand speak. About all I remember is that she chain-smoked and that my aunt took to impersonating her constantly with the line, "Altruism iz destroy kap--ee-ta-lisum."

    We do have a very smart member here who defends Ayn. I am surprised he hasn't chimed in.


    I love Virginia Woolf too. But you intrigue me --- no intelligent person could defend Ayn Rand, surely?!?!?

    This putative person presumably just doesn't want to be whipped :-)
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    Jan 24, 2010 5:09 AM GMT
    Really? Seriously? It almost sounds like the people who want to burn or re-classify her books have absolutely no clue what they're about and have never read them.

    Though I'll support the move if you also include that the Bible should be placed under "Fiction"
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    Jan 24, 2010 5:15 AM GMT
    Glorfindel saidReally? Seriously? It almost sounds like the people who want to burn or re-classify her books have absolutely no clue what they're about and have never read them.

    Though I'll support the move if you also include that the Bible should be placed under "Fiction"


    Actually, I have read them. And they're terrible. *terrible*. And the Bible is placed in the Mythology section.
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    Jan 24, 2010 5:26 AM GMT
    ObsceneWish saidEDIT: What's the allusion to Joe Solmonese about?


    Oh, he's a model for writing stern letters.