A Literary Limerick – The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

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This was not my fault.

I had a brief conversation on Twitter the other day with @captsingh.
He quoted Ayn Rand, and I responded.
The conversation is below:

from @captsingh
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. — Ayn Rand

@captsingh Did you ever read The Fountainhead?

@Guapowitz No , I heard about that book though…tell me ..

Ayn Rand explains her philosophy through a story about an architect and his troubles. Not a fan of hers, but a great book.

@Guapowitz Thanks, will read it when I see it next time…

That’s a very broad, rough description of the book, Which got me to thinking, how do you describe a book in 140 characters?
Why, with a limerick of course!
So I spent the next few hours trying to build one in my head. Because I am probably not right in my head.

So for all of you who have read The Fountainhead, but forgotten it, and for all of you that have no plans to read it, but want to sparkle wittily at cocktail parties, here is the limerick:

An Architect, his vision stifled by others,
his plans changed by those dark, dirty Mothers.
So the building did he wreck,
and the court held him in check,
’til he was acquitted by a jury of brothers

You’re welcome.

22 responses to “A Literary Limerick – The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

  1. Wonder what @captsingh has to say about your limerick.

    This one is on my reading list too but I just got myself Chief Modern Poets from Britain and America. That will be different.


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  3. Good limerick! Although I had hoped it would have a few more words that rhymed with “truck.”


  4. Yep, another good one! You’ve been quite Limericky lately.


  5. Hey, everyone! Guapo is going to write a Herpes limerick for us!

    Her-PES, her-PES, her-PES… let’s all chant until he gets it done.


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  7. Ayn Rand, I’m not a fan of hers either. Her writing or her pseudophilosophy. Though I *am* a fan of your limerick.


    • Thanks Lilly – and further proof that there’s no accounting for taste! 😉
      Not a fan of Rand, but I did enjoy the book. (I was studying architecture at the time.)


      • I’ve heard The Fountainhead is better than Atlas Shrugged but it’s sitting on my bookshelf, untouched. I figured I’d read it at some point in the future. That point hasn’t come yet. I just thought she was *too* descriptive. Maybe I have ADD or something but she lost me on several occasions…it was as painful as listening to my grandma trying to tell a story, ha! Have you read Atlas Shrugged?

        I like architecture, you (so far) and a lot of your music choices. Do you still say I have no taste? (be careful, that’s a trick question.)


        • Never read Atlas Shrugged. I liked Fountainhead,but as I learned more of her philosophy, I just got turned off.

          I definitely think you have taste Lilly. And a wicked sense of humor. Which is good enough for me!
          (Did you like the noncommittal part of that answer?)


          • I actually think her philosophy is dangerously seductive. I initially thought I had found the Holy Grail until I researched the actual woman. ‘Cuz if she was right, her life would be wonderful, right? Ha! Fucking double ha! Not even close. And then I really took some time to contemplate things and saw all the holes in it. Nice try though and I can appreciate the mind behind the creation.

            Yeah, that was so noncommittal I’m wondering how you’re even married to such an awesome girl. 😉


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