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    I'd say that the difference between Nabokov and Rand is that Nabokov had talent.  Which isn't an insult to Rand - but Nabokov didn't have to work as hard to get his ideas across.

    The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. ~ H.L. Mencken

    by Jay Elias on Sun Dec 06, 2009 at 06:09:11 PM PST

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    •  To Philip Rearden that means Nabokov (1+ / 0-)
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      didn't deserve the fruits of his labor.  That's a recurrent theme in AS.  That the naturally talented don't deserve love, respect or money because they didn't have to work for it.

      Results count for more than intentions do.

      by VA Classical Liberal on Sun Dec 06, 2009 at 06:14:57 PM PST

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      •  P. Rearden is not Rand (1+ / 0-)
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        I think I follow you here, but just to be clear: The words she put in Philip's mouth - that the naturally talented don't deserve a reward (a concept beautifully mocked by Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse Five) is exactly the mindset she is arguing against.

        That is what you meant, I'm sure.

        Republicans can't accept that they've lost. Democrats can't accept that they've won.

        by DanK Is Back on Sun Dec 06, 2009 at 06:30:49 PM PST

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    •  I'd disagree a bit with that, insofar as Nabokov (1+ / 0-)
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      had to work extremely hard: he's a definite disciple of Flaubert, who'd stay up all night looking for the one word he needed in any given circumstance.

      Granted, yes, he had more innate talent than Rand.  But he's much more Beethoven than Mozart in that respect.

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      by pico on Sun Dec 06, 2009 at 06:15:06 PM PST

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    •  Great talent consists in part (2+ / 0-)
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      of making the difficult (and sometimes the impossible) look easy. It takes a LOT of hard work to pull that off.

      Republicans can't accept that they've lost. Democrats can't accept that they've won.

      by DanK Is Back on Sun Dec 06, 2009 at 06:32:14 PM PST

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