The Fountainhead, by Kurt Vonnegut


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.

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit can be rented from Greencine or purchased from Amazon. Reviews of other movies can be found at Trumpy Productions.

5 thoughts on “The Fountainhead, by Kurt Vonnegut”

  1. I finally saw it- I haven't read anything by Vonnegut but I appreciated the comparison between Gregory Peck and Howard Roark. If Roark loved people as much as architecture, he'd be Peck exactly- hopefully their wives can yank the sticks out of their respective asses.

  2. Ditch Netflix. Go Greencine. [1]. Unlike Netflix, they don't throttle. [2]

    Greencine also has a much broader selection.

    Currently from Greencine, I have The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [3], House of Cards [4], and Interview with the Assassin [5] checked out.


  3. I missed this comment last year. I've stuck with Netflix because I haven't had any throttling problems and they have a distribution center pretty close to my home so turn-around is fairly quick. However, there are about a dozen titles I want that Netflix doesn't have available that Greencine does, (notably Sunrise and The Last Emperor) so dual subscriptions might be the way to go…

    However, neither has The Jazz Singer. That might require a trip to the library.

    And now that I've finally read Kurt Vonnegut, I liked Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle. They have a very similar style as books by my favorite author, Tom Robbins, but are less enjoyable and far more pessimistic.

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