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The Journals of Ayn Rand

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Rarely has a writer and thinker of the stature of Ayn Rand afforded us access to her most intimate thoughts and feelings. From Journals of Ayn Rand, we gain an invaluable new understanding and appreciation of the woman, the artist, and the philosopher, and of the enduring legacy she has left us.Rand comes vibrantly to life as an untried screenwriter in Hollywood, creating ...more
Paperback, 752 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by NAL (first published 1997)
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Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
An insight into one of the most powerful writers involved with the blacklisting of Hollywood. Rand made baseless accusations against people she never met and attempts to explain her reasons in her journals and letters. Her continued power over the American economy and politics is tied to her objectivist philosophy, the cult-like following she created for herself, and the incredible power that she gained over our culture by acting to paralyze it. As a Soviet immigrant, novelist and Hollywood scri ...more
Diane Baker
This book revealed a few things, but not much more than a thin outline of AR's plans for a final novel, *To Lorne Dieterling* and a few extra characters for *Atlas Shrugged.* There were notes on epistemology, and another book (between *Fountainhead* and *AS*) which would have been nonfiction. Doubtless she used some of this for later non-fiction. It did show how her mind worked to plan her novels, and in a way, shows how limited was her focus. She apparently had no notes for *Anthem* or the edit ...more
Chris Michael St. Prince
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a treat to read. Some stunning and refreshing passages.
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Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
the book is pretty much unique!!
David Glad
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lot of amazing passages and nice clarity of thought for a woman who did not learn English no earlier than her early tees.

Perhaps one of the most wickedly brilliant lines was when she observed how, while capitalism encourages people to bring forth their best, socialism is a disease that encourages people to appear weak and needy.

Also offered a glimpse into the thought processes that went into her books. (Including some characters being eliminated as she ultimately felt some redundant.) Definitely
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tremendous insights! More raw and unvarnished thinking from Ayn Rand. Her journal entries present a personality that is consistent with her published work, but it's so interesting to see her raw and candid thoughts. I especially appreciate her notes on characters and ideas that she goes on to develop in her fiction (notably Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.
Samantha Devin
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Como todo el trabajo de Rand este libro no tiene desperdicio. Es fantástico poder ver cómo estructuraba su escritura, cómo pensaba, como organizaba sus ideas. Es asombrosa su lucidez, su claridad mental. Un libro indispensable para los que quieran saber más de Rand, así como para quienes aman la literatura y están interesados en los procesos creativos.
Jun 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Very interesting...picked this up for an essay I had to write on Anthem and ended up loving it and reading most of the essays. Shows lots of Rand's ideas about her philosophy of objectivism and such. Overall a nice book for any Rand fan.
Mar 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
So far I'm just reading the Atlas Shrugged section, since that is the novel I've most recently finished. This book is a collection of her working notebooks for her novels. If you'd like to see how one author determined her themes and then hashed out her stories to fit them, this is a fun read.
Apr 20, 2009 rated it liked it
I am falling deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole....
Jul 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Writers Reference
Writers Reference Book. This an awesome book for Ayn Rand fans and anyone aspiring to become a writer. It's a great reference guide with first hand notes of a great American writers.
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“Only a man of integrity can possess the virtue of honesty, since only the faking of one’s consciousness can permit the faking of existence.” 61 likes
“A “collective” mind does not exist. It is merely the sum of endless numbers of individual minds. If we have an endless number of individual minds who are weak, meek, submissive and impotent – who renounce their creative supremacy for the sake of the “whole” and accept humbly that the “whole’s” verdict – we don’t get a collective super-brain. We get only the weak, meek, submissive and impotent collective mind.” 44 likes
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