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The ‘Atlas Shrugged III’ Kickstarter Is Even Worse Than You Think

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Well, those money-burning Randians behind the Jesus-Christ-is-this-thing-still-going Atlas Shrugged movies have struck again. Last March, the producers of the series posted a straight-up bizarre YouTube video wherein they contemplated, in moody black and white, how to “get it right” and “make this cinematic” — questions that perhaps should’ve been asked before blowing $30 million (and counting) on a pair of films that have grossed a laughable $7.9 million so far. Most real Galters would see those numbers as a pretty loud and clear rejection by the free market (and the free minds!), but they’ve come up with a solution: take it to Kickstarter! Yes, these purveyors of literature’s most notorious screed against parasites, looters, and moochers have gone panhandling on the Internet for funds to make Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who is John Galt?, which prompted the expected hoots of derision. But it’s actually more complicated than that — and more repulsive.
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10 Disappointing Film Adaptations of Classic American Novels

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Not all great American novels make great American movies, and after three previous Gatsby movies, it’s surprising that Baz Luhrmann decided to try his hand at Fitzgerald’s novel. With the exception of John Steinbeck (and, depending on your taste, John Grisham), few American authors have produced a handful of novels fit for the cinema. This is not necessarily a bad thing — as far as artistic mediums go, film and novels are strikingly different. But while the literary world is a go-to for Hollywood executives hoping that popular novels will seamlessly transition to the screen (and achieve the same positive response), it isn’t exactly a reliable source of artistic or commercial hits. Among these ten adaptations are valiant efforts as well as unmitigated disasters, none of which successfully captured the charm of their source material.
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The Best April Fool's Internet Pranks

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Alas, it’s April 1st — the day where we have to discern whether what we read, hear, and see on the Internet is true or a damn April Fool’s joke. We hand out awards for the funniest and meanest pranks we’ve come across today after the jump. Let us know what hilarity we’ve missed out on in comments.
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Why Kids Need Ayn Rand: Teaching the Virtue of Selfishness

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Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mocking Bird, A Separate Piece, Great Expectations, 1984, The Red Badge of Courage, The Odyssey. Is your former high-school self weeping yet? The financial crisis has caused a new book to enter this esteemed rank of “books that we read as freshmen.” Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, is now being brought into the class room to stir the minds of the recession children.… Read More

Big Brother Book Club: Book Snob Edition

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We saw greatness this week. A mom reading one of these Superman & Wonder Woman books, personalized and starring your child, out loud to her son during morning rush hour. Atlas Shrugged and House of Cards next to each other on the F train (which doesn’t even go to Wall Street). And on our way into the bagel shop the other day, we spotted “A Small Good Thing” on a page over a shoulder, and awkwardly circled around the table to see which Raymond Carver collection was in the reader’s hands — Cathedral. Much like last week’s Kindle dude, it took us a great deal of self-control not to sit down and regale him with our knowledge and love of Carver. And look at this new edition! So much prettier than the old ones, with drawings of people with vague faces and a blocky font that felt unforgivably ’80s.

More of our favorite books popping up in public after the jump.
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