On the Lighter Side

Though it does have some relevance to the financial crisis, a brief item from the gentleman who brought you the immensely useful crazification factor:

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.

Hat tip: LGM.

5 thoughts on “On the Lighter Side

  1. Nicely put but hardly original. Personally it was Catch-22 that twisted and skewed the tender young shoots of my budding world view into the cynical, malformed briar patch infesting my noggin today. The hungry roots digging so deep they leach the pleasure from e’en the most humorous commercial break and cause me to doubt everything our exalted leaders say.

    Aye t’is a miserable existence but on the upside I don’t have any storecards or a cupboard full of detoxifying health beverages…

  2. Never read Atlas Shrugged, but I loved LoR. I was probably 14 or 15 when I picked it up.

  3. A lucky escape for you MH!

    John Rogers over at kfmonkey may even give us the technical name for that form of joke. He’s a scriptwriter and knows that sort of thing…

  4. Correlation is not causation. I think most of the Ayn Rand fans were already on the path to an “emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood” long before they read her books.

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