Babbitt Shrugged: How Sinclair Lewis Skewers Ayn Rand

Who’s afraid of Ayn Rand? The philosopher queen-cum-fantasy novelist has been exhaustively name checked of late. Her most famous novel, Atlas Shrugged, has sold several millions copies since the election of a certain un-Randian president in 2008. Two parts of a planned Atlas Shrugged trilogy have been released in the last  two years, though the free market was not … Continue reading

The Fake Solitude of Walden Pond

Walden Pond isn’t like it used to be. As I walked the two mile loop that Henry David Thoreau’s Walden describes as a “narrow shelf-like path in the steep hillside… as old probably as the race of man here,” my gut reaction was one of disappointment. Some time in the past 160 years, Walden has been … Continue reading