“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Atlas Shrugged’. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
I walked past a movie theater in Westwood, Los Angeles the other day playing ‘Atlas Shrugged’ (the cinematic version of Ayn Rand’s homage to free market capitalism) and almost fell over laughing when I saw the people making up the very small line outside. The were all middle aged, slightly over weight, red faced angry looking white guys wearing golfing attire. I didn’t want to stereotype, but it seriously looked like a Milwaukee convention forgarden fertilizer enthusiasts.
Anyhow, the reviews have been unanimously awful and it won’t be something I’ll be spending any time/money on. But I would like to ask readers to take/find photos of any lines outside movie theaters and send them in for everyone’s amusement.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.