While they both have their quirkier moments, Kurt Vonnegut and Ayn Rand are two of the most American authors of the twentieth century. While his novels are unreadably bad, Vonnegut’s short stories define traditional American values. Particularly, Deer in the Works is a praise song for traditional businessmen. Likewise, Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged and its brief prologue, The Fountainhead, define the virtue of selfishness. the romance of realism
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, a psychological drama from 1956, is the definition of an American movie. Taking themes from The Fountainhead, with shadows of both Deer in the Works and Atlas Shrugged, it shows the redemptive power of selfishness in a 1950s-American context. Highly recommended.