Ayn Rand never dwelt on her Russian childhood, preferring to think of herself as wholly American. Rightly so. The huge truths she apprehended and expressed were as American as apple pie. I suppose hardcore Objectivists will consider what I'm about to say heresy, but hardcore Objectivists are not competent to judge. The novels are what make Ayn Rand important. Better than any other American novelist, she captured the magic of what life in America is supposed to be. The utopia of her novels is not a utopia of greed. It is not a utopia of Nietzschean supermen. It is a utopia of human beings living together in Jeffersonian freedom.
The Man Within My Head, By Pico IyerThe IndependentAs one of our most eclectically minded travel writers, Iyer in his prose has always had an elegant discretion about himself, a limousine hush compared to the tuk-tuk clatter of Paul Theroux or the...
Jonathan Lethem’s new book, Fear of Music, is a collection of 23 short essays about Talking Heads’ album of the same name. It’s essentially a work of music criticism, but David Byrne isn’t the only artist the book concerns itself with.
Alison Flood: Your e-reader knows how long it took you to finish The Hunger Games and where you stopped reading Wolf Hall. Publishers are thrilled with the new data – but what does it mean for the rest of us?
'The Lower River,' a Novel by Paul TherouxNew York TimesAnd he has written what is reckoned by some to be the finest account of a writer by another writer, “Sir Vidia's Shadow,” which tells of his long friendship with VS Naipaul and its dramatic...
Home By Toni Morrison (Alfred A. Knopf; 145 pages; $24) "Home," the latest novel by Toni Morrison, is almost eerie in its timeliness. Set in the 1950s, it does not evoke the martini and pinched-waist nostalgia of "Mad...
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