Literary Rocks, Atlas Shrugged, and Twitter
July 20, 2010 1 Comment
Most of the time, I live under a rock when it comes to pop culture. I’ve never seen a single episode of Survivor, 24, or House. I don’t know which megastar is getting married to what professional athlete. And I can’t name a single song from Lady Gaga. In fact, I didn’t even know that name until a few months ago.
It’s not that I feel above those things; it’s just that they hold exactly zero interest for me. And it doesn’t bother me that I don’t know these things. I’m used to being completely unaware when others bring up those topics. I’d much rather watch the History Channel, learn a new Dutch Oven recipe, or mend a fence in the pasture.
“Who is John Galt?”
But since then I’ve slowly realized that I have apparently been living under a literary classics rock too when it comes to Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
It seems that most everyone I know has read it at least once. Most agree that it’s a good book and worth the sizable time commitment required to finish its 800-plus pages.
From what I understand through talking with others, the book is eerily similar to many of today’s political events and remarkably parallels our current economic challenges. All the more astonishing is that the book was written over 50 years ago!
The 140 Character Book Club
A couple of weeks ago I tweeted my intention to finally read Rand’s most famous prose. About a half dozen Twitter friends are going to read it as well. Some have read it before, others haven’t. Some I know personally; others I’ve just met.
Together we’re going commit to reading a couple of chapters per week and discussing it 140 characters at a time. We’ll use the Twitter hashtag #JohnGalt. Our first virtual, Twitter-based book club meeting is Monday, the 26th of July. There is no specific time. We’ll just tweet comments and questions throughout the day as we have time. In fact, I’d expect the asynchronous discussion to last a few days. If you’d like to join us, tune into the Twitter feed. We’d love to have you.