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Movie time!

I’ve never liked a movie where I read the book first. The problem is you always create your own movie in your head. Mental images of the characters, the scenes, the direction. Rarely does a directors vision live up to yours. (Hell, I should direct!) Anyway, they just announced the release of Atlas Shrugged the […]
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1,200 Words on 1,200 Pages

Wow! Quite a ride. Great book, although the romantic aspects of this baby leave something to be desired. As far as drama goes, I don’t know. She has some good dramatic spins in the book. But tends to crush her own efforts under the weight of her prose. Anyway, Lots of thoughts to cram into […]
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“The road is cleared…”

Atlas Shrugged – Day 104 – pp. 1160-1169 This is it!! (Apparently I miscounted.) The final installment! “The locomotive of the eastbound Comet broke down in the middle of a desert in Arizona. … Eddie Willers called for the conductor…”
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The Great Escape

Atlas Shrugged – Day 103 – pp. 1150-1159 Now we get a little hokey. Francisco grills the subdued guards. How many guards are there? Where? What are these rooms? It’s military precision. (You wonder, when you’re an expert at one thing, it would seem, in Rand’s universe, you’re an expert at everything.
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The “Passion” of John Galt (or the end of Jim Taggart)

Atlas Shrugged – Day 102 – pp. 1140-1149 No it ain’t. “Long coils of wire, like the twisted arms of an octopus, stretched forward across the stone floor, from the machine to a leather mattress spread under a cone of violent light. John Galt lay strapped to the mattress, He as naked; the small metal […]
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Project X and Project F

Atlas Shrugged – Day 101… – pp. 1130-1139 Rushing to the end…. What did Dr S see???
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The “Galt-Stadler” Plan

Atlas Shrugged – Day 100 – pp. 1120-1129 “The elevator stopped on the mezzanine floor.” The group was surrounded by soldiers as they approached the door of the WF ballroom. Chick Morrison opened the door.
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The beginning of the end?

Atlas Shrugged – Day 99 – pp. 1110-1119 What does John Galt want?
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Mr. Thompson’s private lesson

Atlas Shrugged – Day 098 – pp. 1100-1109 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Does it always take this long to read the last 100 pages of a book? Or only when you run into the holidays? OK, I’m still waiting on some threat to the entire world by the Thompson Harmonizer / Project X thing. What a […]
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Captured!

Atlas Shrugged – Day 097 – pp. 1080-1089 + pp. 1090-1099 Guess what? It’s two-fer Thursday. The story between 1080 and 1089 was pretty stock stuff. If it was a movie, it’d be some kind of juxtaposition of scenes with a bit of dramatic background music. Witness…
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Aftermath of the broadcast

Atlas Shrugged – Day 096 – pp. 1070-1079 A Christmas Miracle! I got to go home for a few days for the holiday. I didn’t pack my book. Figured it would put my luggage over some arbitrary airline weight limit. Besides, I really didn’t have the time to write what with all hugging and partying […]
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Ladies and Gentlemen – The John Galt Show!

Atlas Shrugged – Day 095 – pp. 1009-1069 Holy crap!!! John Galt has just taken the stage. Actually he’s used his hulking intellect to commandeer the broadcast. Hulk Galt say, “Puny looters!” Certainly, a mind of this superior capacity would obviously have something to say. But Ayn Rand goes nuts. I mean freakin’ nuts. His […]
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Broadcast interruptus

The news reports that reported Hank’s disappearance told everything but the story. They said things like it was “social treason to ascribe too much importance to Hank Rearden’s disappearance.” Some denied his disappearance entirely. Others reported his untimely demise. “It was strange she thought, to obtain news by means of nothing but denials…” But the […]
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Best chapter in the book – pt. 4

Atlas Shrugged – Day 093 – pp. 992-1001 “Listen, kid,” said Rearden sternly, “I want you to do me a favor. …make up your mind that you want to live — just as you did down there on that slag heap…” Time for a quick comment.
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Best chapter in the book – pt. 3

Atlas Shrugged – Day 092 – pp. 982-991 Hank has a solution. “If it’s production hat you want, the get out of the way, junk all of your damn regulations, let Orren Boyle go broke, let me buy the plant of Associated Steel — and it will be pouring a thousand tons a day from […]
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Best chapter in the book – pt. 2

Atlas Shrugged – Day 091 – pp. 972-981 “You can accept our repentance,” said Lillian in a voice glassy with caution. “I only want you to know that whatever I’ve done, I’ve done it because I loved you.” Hank ain’t listening to that. Mother Rearden is approaching panic mode. “What’s happened to you? What’s changed […]
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Best chapter in the book – pt. 1

Atlas Shrugged – Day 090 – pp. 962-971 D’ja ever read something so good that you couldn’t stop? That’d be Chapter VI – The Concerto of Deliverance. Rand’s finally got it going. Far as I’m concerned, this has been the best chapter in the book so far. Made the 962 pages leading up to it […]
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The tunnel affair

Atlas Shrugged – Day 089 – pp. 952-961 They’re going to the main signal tower. She consults with the tower director. He starts making calculations. How are they going to move the train?
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The looters next plans

Atlas Shrugged – Day 088 – pp. 942-951 …And without the necessary transportation in MN, the shit starts flying. “…farmers who had waited in the streets of Lakewood for six days with no place to store their wheat . . . had demolished the local courthouse. . . While the flour mills and grain markets […]
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Soybeans and wheat

Atlas Shrugged – Day 087 – pp. 932-941 I have a question. Why hasn’t JG come after Eddie Willers yet? He’s got to be a candidate for the gulch. And his disappearance would most likely hasten Dagny’s decision.. Anyway, just before Phillip leaves, he tells Hank he’s never had any concern for his feelings. Hanks […]
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