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>As Alice Rosenbaum turns in her grave

>With this hell that is my cold (not just mine; everybody at the Horn Book is taking turns staying home sick, and over on Facebook Elizabeth said she felt like she was three dwarfs at once: Dopey, Sneezy and Grumpy) I’m sorry I haven’t been here for a few days. I did have a bright moment on the subway this morning, where a man reading The Fountainhead gave up his seat to a lady. For those of you who never went through an Objectivist stage, this is kind of like spotting Ralph Nader test-driving a Hummer.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Andrew Karre says:

    >No, no, there must have been an exchange of value. Your altruism-induced blindness just made you miss it.

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >Told you I had a cold.

  3. >Oh, how funny. But it confirms my theory that the people who are attracted to Fountainhead are the ones who are least likely to actually practice Objectivism.

  4. >How about Atlas Shrugged? You really have to be somewhat intrigued by the concepts to force your way through all those speeches. I have to say that you seem to be right in my case; I’m not at all an Objectivist, but I do love her books… and take her philosophy with a huge grain of salt.

  5. Roger Sutton says:

    >When Random House editor Bennett Cerf tried to get Rand to cut the “This is John Galt speaking” fifty-page speech from the manuscript of Atlas Shrugged, Rand famously replied, “would you cut the Bible?”

  6. >Roger, I’m just glad you didn’t tell the story of the time I had a blind date with an Ayn Rand fanatic. (Member of the Rand society, his second favorite author was Victor Hugo.) I went to the bookstore and read 10 pages of the Fountainhead, then called him and said “I don’t think this is going to work out.”

  7. >As another Jew, Isaac Asimov, once said, “Ï have no false modesty… or any other kind, for that matter.”

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