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Atlas Shrugged's prominence at Barnes & Noble

Posted by  $  edweaver 8 months, 2 weeks ago to Pics
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I was at Barnes & Noble in Madison WI last night and was pleasantly surprised to see AS so prominently displayed. Sorry, for the poor photo quality.


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  • Posted by minesayn 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    The closest B&N has several framed covers of Atlas Shrugged on their walls. It is not the only one as there are other well known covers that also grace their walls. I must admit to coveting them and have asked if they are for sale. They are not, but the employee said that they get requests to buy them all the time.

    My car proudly wears a bumper sticker: Who is John Galt? One time, a woman noticed it and asked whose car had the bumper sticker. When I spoke up, she basically blasted me for it. I asked, "Have you read it? It's my favorite book." She admitted she had never read it, but she had heard enough about it to suggest she wouldn't like it. I suggested she read it first before condemning it, and yes, she is a liberal and claims to be tolerant.
    On the other hand, she loved The Goldfinch and I have to say having read that one, I wasn't impressed.
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  • Posted by NealS 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    The book far out did the movie. Having read it (at least) three times in my lifetime I've gotten different things out of it each time, the first in the early 60's. The last time (Obama era) it read like a newspaper, I couldn't believe how it paralleled the politics of the day.

    I wonder if a liberal person reading Atlas Shrugged gets the same message that a conservative gets? And I wonder if the irony of it just goes way over their heads? I really doubt most liberals could even draw a similarity of AS to todays politics. And now I'm wondering about the posters again, who or what is behind them again? Is it strictly B&N?
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    • Posted by voodoo59 8 months, 2 weeks ago
      This is exactly the reaction my friends and I have experienced as we have compared notes throughout the decades. It did read like a newspaper article three years ago during the dark days of the Obama inquisition. My oldest son is on his second reading and thinks Ayn Rand is much more accurate (and presceint) than Nostradomus!
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    • Posted by  $  CBJ 8 months, 2 weeks ago
      Re: "I wonder if a liberal person reading Atlas Shrugged gets the same message that a conservative gets?" Judging by typical liberal reactions to the novel, I doubt it. Maybe because none of Ayn Rand's heroes belong to the approved list of liberal "victim groups".
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    • Posted by  $  8 months, 2 weeks ago
      The only time I read it was during the Obama era and I cannot begin to count how many times I said to myself, "this is happening right now" as I read it. I wish I'd learned of and read it earlier in life. But for me it is much deeper than politics, it's a philosophy to live by.

      I don't get out much so I couldn't say if this is strictly a B&N thing and have no idea who is behind them. I was just happy to see it displayed in a place of prominence.
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  • Posted by  $  ObjectiveAnalyst 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    Hello edweaver,
    That is fantastic. I have an account and spend quite a bit at B&N. It is good to have fair exchange with businesses that are not afraid to be capitalists and support capitalism.
    Respectfully,
    O.A.
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  • Posted by  $  Temlakos 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    Yes, and that's the original dust-jacket painting, is it not?

    BTW: did you know that Barnes and Noble now have a college bookstore division, and have taken over a lot of college bookstores? Including the Yale University Bookstore. Which I discovered when I visited there a month ago.
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  • Posted by  $  MikeMarotta 8 months, 1 week ago
    Thanks. Nice catch. Ayn Rand in general and Atlas Shrugged in particular are deep within our common culture. Here is a link to a "Sighting" that I posted on Rebirth of Reason: http://rebirthofreason.com/Spirit/Sig...
    I found it significant that the author does not explain Rand or Atlas. Like Harry Potter or other common "memes" Rand and Atlas are widely recognized.

    My tallies here are almost four years old
    http://necessaryfacts.blogspot.com/20...
    but in round numbers, about 40 million copies of her works have been purchased. Of those, about 7 to 8 million each count for The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. And that's just the books. You have to count The Simpsons. It is hardly an intellectual examination of the ideas, but millions of people watched the first runs and now the syndicated re-runs.

    My perspective here is that it is common in the Gulch for us to want to be lonely and persecuted, but the facts speak otherwise. Not everyone who enjoyed The Renaissance built their personal values on Aristotle's metaphysics. It was not necessary that they all did. Similarly, by one tally, the author most often cited by the Signer of the Declaration and Constitution was Saint Paul. The American republic, however, was not built on the idea that we should all obey the authorities because God put them here to rule over us.

    Just sayin'... The broad trends of a civilization's culture are expressions of its deeper roots. We have had a lot of blossoming and blooming since 1957.
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  • Posted by handyman 8 months, 1 week ago
    Those same posters are displayed in nearby cities, Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC. I once offered to buy one from the store manager, but he politely declined.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    I wouldn't put too much significance in the fact that an AS poster was displayed. I once saw them putting up a bunch of posters by a kid they probably hired to do scut work. On the other hand, someone might have carefully selected it. But, I doubt it.
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