“Roark looked at the sketches, and even though he wanted to throw them at Keating’s face and resign, one thought stopped him: the thought that it was a building and that he had to save it, as others could not pass a drowning man without leaping in to the rescue.”
—Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, Part 1, Chapter 7
Ayn Rand advocated selfishness to the point of depicting a hero who didn’t feel an obligation to save a drowning stranger, and her work continues to excuse the apathy of many today.
ALL TIMES ARE PST.
The first half of this year was spent editing Money’s Men, the sequel to Sisyphus Shrugged. On June 1, I sent it to four beta readers, who are now working with an August 1 deadline. Read Chapter One here!
November 3: I have been editing Money’s Men, the sequel to Sisyphus Shrugged. It is slow going, but I am making good progress, and I hope to release the book in early 2016! Admirers of SS will find its sequel worth the wait!
July 26: a seven-day workweek is now legal in Wisconsin.
With Bob Cone, inventor of photographic emulsion Liquid Light, used on the World’s largest photograph, who praised Sisyphus Shrugged thus:
“Robert, reading Sisyphus Shrugged and enjoying it greatly, though it scares the hell out of me. Every day, politics gets closer to the reality you project.”
June 12: Michael Brown, the moderator of the group “Ayn Rand” on Facebook, allowed me to post a blurb on SS to the group! I could hardly believe it. Screenshot:
April 28: this past weekend my publisher and I met to correct typos, continuity and logic flaws, and even add a few sentences. The corrected text will be available in paperback this week and electronic book shortly thereafter.
October 16: Gulliver’s Books in Fairbanks, Alaska, put its copies of Sisyphus Shrugged out on shelves this week! If you’re in Fairbanks, stop into their great book store and tell them I sent you!
July: That moment when, after writing fiction since 1981, you walk into a Barnes & Noble to find your novel on the shelf for sale. Sisyphus Shrugged by Peate is about ten feet away from Atlas Shrugged by Rand. Thank you, Fairbanks B&N.
May: the three covers.
Original Cover (SS1), Second Cover (SS2), Third Cover (SS3).
SS2 and SS3 contain corrections and small additions improving the work.
April: Sisyphus Shrugged is now on the shelf at the Oregon City Public Library.
July 3, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: radio interview with Lisa Loving on 90.7 KBOO FM. Listen to the recording of our interview here. Thanks, Lisa!
After this interview, a friend said, “If I were one of the callers, I would have asked what you think the purpose of government is.” My answer:
I think the purpose of government is for a population to accomplish its mutually agreed-upon goals without every citizen having to accomplish those goals for him- or herself. Some examples: we have a police force so we don’t need to have vigilante mobs. We have a post office so we don’t need to deliver our own mail across the entire nation. We have a fire department so we don’t have to put out our own fires.
In return for the services we agree on, we pay a fee.
We just don’t all agree on what the services and what the fees should be.
I personally think it’s sad we don’t all agree on single-payer health care. We agree on paying taxes to save a house from fire but not a body from cancer? Why do we care more about our property than about ourselves?
July 15: Portland Tribune/Clackamas Review article by Raymond Rendleman:
July 19, 7:30 p.m.: reading at Saint Johns Booksellers at 8622 N. Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203, (503) 283-0032. Contact: Néna Rawdah, owner.
I have no pending appearances right now.