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  •  What gets me (5+ / 0-)

    is the idea that just reading Atlas Shrugged is enough to make someone a conservative.

    I confess.  I haven't read it.  I tried, though.  Honestly.  But after plowing through page after page of overwritten nonsense, I just had to give up.  Am I the only one?

    Really.  Our students, even in Missouri, can't all be that stupid.  Unless  they are destined to become either politicians or television commentators.

    In Washington, whenever anyone does something wrong, everyone else gets punished.

    by Noziglia on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 04:40:27 PM PST

    •  I read it over a summer (4+ / 0-)
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      irishwitch, bear83, hnichols, tb mare

      I think I was going into 9th grade. I did get through the entire book, but I confess that I skipped huge swaths of it (like the 60 page speech by Dabney).
      Even as young as I was, I thought it was schlocky.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 04:58:51 PM PST

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    •  I was supposed to read it (3+ / 0-)
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      irishwitch, hnichols, tb mare

      for high school English...but I couldn't get through it either. My teacher allowed me to substitute another book of my choosing, subject to his approval, if I wrote a critique of what I did read of Atlas Shrugged. (I wasn't quite as witty as Dorothy Parker who said of the book: "This is a book not to be taken lightly. Rather, it should be thrown with great force.") And that's how I got to read Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which got me to see many of Ken Kesey's writings in a new light.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 04:59:44 PM PST

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