Post by Stephan Pickering
Ayn Rand, 1948. The fountainhead: screenplay [20 June 1948, revisions through 9 September 1948, 'Cast and credits' 6 October 1948], 1-141
And, yes, you are similar to Roark.
I wrote this a while back, that Ayn Rand's statements of the /creator/ always seemed pretty spot on to me:
"Art is a selective recreation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value judgements" -Ayn Rand
I first read Ayn Rand back in 1982, and was floored and enthralled by the adventures and thoughts of the iconic characters of The Fountainhead... Howard Roark, the ultimate spokesman for Creator's Rights, Dominique Franken the strong-willed and elusive Muse, Elsworth Tooey the borrower and colaborator, and so on and on.
And all of these statements by Paul Ryan, I can agree with and chuckle at the irony of roads not taken.
Still fascinating and complicated influence, Ayn Rand. Like Paul Ryan, I can say the same as he dows about the influence of Ayn Rand on my life and art.
A couple of quick quotes from Ayn Rand herself (or rather Howard Roark in The Fountainhead) that made me set the book down and say "Yeah..." and move forward as a creator myself, immediately typing up and self-publishing my first chapbook of poems, my first poetic /skyline/:
"The creator originates... The creator faces nature alone.
The basic need of the creator is independence. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of compulsion. It cannot be curbed, sacrificed or subordinated to any consideration whatsoever. It demands total independence in function and in motive. To a creator, all relations with men are secondary... one cannot give that which has not been created. Creation comes before distribution—or there will be nothing to distribute. The need of the creator comes before the need of any possible beneficiary. Yet we are taught to admire the second-hander who dispenses gifts he has not produced above the man who made the gifts possible. We praise an act of charity. We shrug at an act of achievement." -Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand as a strong woman, absolutely.
Have you read Carson McCullers, who, like Ma Rainey, was a native of this strange place I call Shadowville?