Ayn Rand Eviscerated in GQ

I’ve not read anything by Andrew Corsello before, but his evisceration of Ayn Rand in GQ magazine is a thing of caustic, vicious and snark-filled beauty.

I did my share of battle with the Rand Cult earlier this fall when I interviewed her Ghost to discuss capitalism’s share of blame for the credit crisis.  Corsello never meets her ghost, but speaks to quite a few of her acolytes in his piece.

I’m adding Andrew Corsello to my list of writers to keep up with.

Here’s why:

goddamn, the experience of being 19 years old and reading Ayn Rand! The crystal-shivering-at-the-breaking-pitch intensity of it! Not just for that 19-year-old, but for everybody unfortunate enough to be caught in his psychic blast radius. Is “experience” even the right word for The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged? Ayn Rand’s idolization of Mickey Spillane and cigarettes and capitalism—an experience? Her tentacular contempt for Shakespeare and Beethoven and Karl Marx and facial hair and government and “subnormal” children and the poor and the Baby Jesus and the U.N. and homosexuals and “simpering” social workers and French Impressionism and a thousand other things the flesh is heir to: experience?

Read the rest:

The Bitch is Back (GQ)

Read Also:

Interview With The Ghost Of Ayn Rand (TRB)

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  1. Max commented on Oct 29

    It’s easy to convince yourself you have won an argument with someone who isn’t there.

  2. Max commented on Oct 29

    It’s easy to convince yourself you have won an argument with someone who isn’t there.

  3. Costard commented on Oct 30

    If only Marx had earned such scorn. How many millions did capitalism kill?

    There are many reasons to attack Rand, not least being the peculiar torturousness of her writing. But for what’s going on now? The financial sector has been a dependent of government risk absorption since before the great depression. FRA, FDIC, and many many bailouts. Is it really intellectually credible to attack free people – and nominally free markets – for taking on risk and acting on greed when these have become the virtues of the state? Was not the reflation of 03-07 – much like our current reflation – encouraged at all levels of government?

    Attacking Rand for deregulation, which has never been anything but a vehicle for cronyism, misses the point entirely. Collusion between government and business was her largest whipping boy. Pardon the term. I’d suggest you buck up, endure the prose, and read Atlas Shrugged again. Lest your criticisms fall awry.

  4. Costard commented on Oct 30

    If only Marx had earned such scorn. How many millions did capitalism kill?

    There are many reasons to attack Rand, not least being the peculiar torturousness of her writing. But for what’s going on now? The financial sector has been a dependent of government risk absorption since before the great depression. FRA, FDIC, and many many bailouts. Is it really intellectually credible to attack free people – and nominally free markets – for taking on risk and acting on greed when these have become the virtues of the state? Was not the reflation of 03-07 – much like our current reflation – encouraged at all levels of government?

    Attacking Rand for deregulation, which has never been anything but a vehicle for cronyism, misses the point entirely. Collusion between government and business was her largest whipping boy. Pardon the term. I’d suggest you buck up, endure the prose, and read Atlas Shrugged again. Lest your criticisms fall awry.

  5. Sharky commented on Nov 01

    Really? GQ? I wasn’t aware that there were people out there who actually “read” that magazine. I thought it was largely soft porn that teenage wanks could buy without an ID. Attacking the source you say? Well, of course.

    This writer’s style is equally annoying as is Rand’s, except that Rand at least has a nearly bulletproof sense of logic and reason at the end of it all, whereas this particular kermit displays only a propensity for immaturity, hyperbole and offensive language that he wields like a mighty (anemic) “sword.”

    No. It is neither Rand nor Rand’s objective philosophy that is to blame for market conditions in any way, shape or form. Not now, not ever. If you really want the villain, look no further than industrial NGOs, organized crime and outfits like the Federal Reserve. It is true that Rand was AGAINST monopolies. Without governmental manipulation and collusion (see: organized crime), you do not have monopolies.

  6. Sharky commented on Nov 01

    Really? GQ? I wasn’t aware that there were people out there who actually “read” that magazine. I thought it was largely soft porn that teenage wanks could buy without an ID. Attacking the source you say? Well, of course.

    This writer’s style is equally annoying as is Rand’s, except that Rand at least has a nearly bulletproof sense of logic and reason at the end of it all, whereas this particular kermit displays only a propensity for immaturity, hyperbole and offensive language that he wields like a mighty (anemic) “sword.”

    No. It is neither Rand nor Rand’s objective philosophy that is to blame for market conditions in any way, shape or form. Not now, not ever. If you really want the villain, look no further than industrial NGOs, organized crime and outfits like the Federal Reserve. It is true that Rand was AGAINST monopolies. Without governmental manipulation and collusion (see: organized crime), you do not have monopolies.