The Fountainhead


Once More Into the Breach (January 6, 2017)
The Fountainhead is a chance to see Ayn Rand’s philosophy at an earlier, less-developed stage.

Part 1

Chapter 1

Our Hero (January 13, 2017)
In which we meet Howard Roark, the stereotypical Randian character who has no personality traits except a sociopathic disregard for other human beings.

We Don’t Need No Education (January 20, 2017)
Kids these days, they’ve got no work ethic.

Out With the Old (January 27, 2017)
Screw you, Aristotle.

A Very Bad Architect (February 3, 2017)
The worst possible profession for a stubborn nonconformist.

Chapter 2

No Man Is an Island (February 10, 2017)
Caring about other people’s opinions isn’t a strange or abnormal trait.

Know Thyself (February 17, 2017)
What, you mean everyone doesn’t know exactly what they want to do with their lives from birth?

Chapter 3

McMansion Hell (February 24, 2017)
If you’ve got it, flaunt it.

Market Forces (March 3, 2017)
Making buildings that people want to live and work in? Who cares about that?

The Art of the Interview (March 10, 2017)
How to not get hired.

Chapter 4

Roaring Twenties (March 17, 2017)
The evocative, glamorous setting of the 1920s… is completely ignored by this novel.

A Dream Deferred (March 24, 2017)
Why do all the worthless morons I’m surrounded by dislike me?

Chapter 5

Good Classic (March 31, 2017)
A hero of invincible integrity, until the plot requires otherwise.

Know Your Customer (April 7, 2017)
Figuring out what your clients want and are willing to pay for? Who cares about that?

Chapter 6

The Buried Past (April 14, 2017)
Don’t know much about history.

A Randian Guide to Retirement (April 21, 2017)
What should happen to a heroic creator when he’s too old or ill to keep working?

Why So Serious? (April 28, 2017)
Alert the media: it’s a joke in an Ayn Rand novel.

Chapter 7

A Friend in Need (May 5, 2017)
How dare you offer me a job!

Selling the Dream (May 12, 2017)
Even rationalists need people skills.

Remembering Seneca Village (May 19, 2017)
Roark only cares about his buildings, not any people who may have been displaced to build them.

Hard Hat Zone (May 26, 2017)
How many people died building those majestic skyscrapers?

Chapter 8

As Long As It’s Black (June 2, 2017)
The client’s wishes count, assuming it’s what I wanted to do anyway.

New York, New York (June 9, 2017)
Why do the good guys love a city built by evil classical architects?