Literary Musings

by lindsay walker


How is this the first time that I've ever picked up an Ayn Rand book? I'm just now getting into the Fountainhead, which explores the depths of what makes us modern people. Not only modern people, but what drives us as modern people to create and build  based on a point of view. Often times while making jewelery, I have struggled with questions of legitamacy and purpose. There is already so much in the world that has been made, why continue? At the same time I marvel that we live in an age that allows so many young businesses to thrive. I'm surrounded by artists, musicians, and idealists, all hopeful that they will be heard. 

Here is an excerpt from The Fountainhead. "Rules?" said Roark. "Here are my rules: what can be done with one substance must never be done with another. No two materials are alike. No two sites on earth are alike. No two buildings have the same purpose. The purpose, the site, the material determine the shape. Nothing can be reasonable or beautiful unless it's made by one central idea, and the idea sets every detail. A building is alive, like a man. Its integrity is to follow its own truth, its one single theme, and to serve its own single purpose. A building doesn't borrow hunks of its soul. Its maker gives it the soul and every wall, window and stairway to express it. "

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