Saturday, April 6, 2013

George Saunders - I was Ayn Rand's Lover

For inspiration - fiction based on the famous author and philosopher Ayn Rand. 

There are 2 forces at work here. There's the language, the narrator's voice. A mature man looking back at himself as an infatuated 17 year old lusting after a woman because she's famous and powerful. Saunders uses the language of a teenager but with an older man's insight. The humour comes out of the gap between the infatuated boy and the older man.

Then there's the humour in seeing a powerful figure of authority being exposed as selfish, neurotic, ridiculous.

George Saunders: I Was Ayn Rand's Lover : The New Yorker:

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