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?

Chapter 9

American Eclectic (June 16, 2017)
Another illustration of Rand’s belief that selling what your customers want to buy is a sin in business.

Hooray for Unions (June 23, 2017)
A particularly stark example of how Ayn Rand’s political views changed over time.

Bizarro Ayn Rand (June 30, 2017)
She am hold opposite opinions of real Objectivist!

Chapter 10

Serpent’s Tooth (July 7, 2017)
The author has no interest in explaining why her characters are the way they are.

Job-Hopper (July 14, 2017)
Serves you right for taking a chance on hiring me.

Chapter 11

Work for Hire (July 21, 2017)
Rand skips over what could’ve been a genuine and realistic obstacle for her hero to face.

Roark the Groucho (July 28, 2017)
He won’t join any club that would have him as a member.

Architectosexual (August 4, 2017)
Roark’s real-life inspiration was a bad structural engineer who thought he was a good one.

Machines for Living (August 11, 2017)
You can’t build houses that are good for people if you don’t understand people.

Chapter 12

How the Other Half Lives (August 18, 2017)
Another example of how Ayn Rand’s political views evolved.

Rebel Without a Cause (August 25, 2017)
There is none righteous, no, not even one.

Chapter 13

Beton Brut (September 1, 2017)
For all that The Fountainhead idolizes architecture, it has little to say about the technologies that make architecture possible.

Mad Men (September 8, 2017)
Advertising: it works.

The Customer Is Always Wrong (September 15, 2017)
The way to be an individualist is to do exactly what I tell you.

Sexual Selection (September 22, 2017)
The peacock’s tail, the lion’s mane, and classical buildings.

Americans with Disabilities (September 29, 2017)
A house that my elderly family members can get around in? Who cares about that?

Chapter 14

Who Moves the World? (October 6, 2017)
Ayn Rand seems to have forgotten who’s the heroic creator and who’s the second-hander.

The Rent Is Too Damn High (October 13, 2017)
Why cities need affordable housing.

Chapter 15

Villain Protagonist (October 20, 2017)
The Fountainhead is best when its supposed hero isn’t on the page.