The Fountainhead vs “My Way” vs Don Draper

While I’m about a quarter of the way through Rand’s novel The Fountainhead, it’s become clear that its musical equivalent is Frank Sinatra’s (or Sid Vicious’s, depending on your frame of reference) song “My Way.” Roark does everything his way or he doesn’t do it at all. He equates compromise with treason and doesn’t care about material success so long as he gets things his way. He’s as selfless as he is selfish, for he forsakes money as easily as he forsakes commissions for projects he doesn’t like.

Howard Roark is as monolithic as they come, as stubborn as Neil Young, and as driven as Don Draper. The three of them have plenty in common, for they are more devoted to their art than than they are to anything else. Of course, only one of those men is real, but all three share the drive to satisfy their artistic ambitions.

As I continue reading, my questions are:

Can Roark find success as an architect?
Will he ever compromise?
How will people react to Roark taking common construction jobs?
What happens between Peter, Dominique, and Katie?

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3 thoughts on “The Fountainhead vs “My Way” vs Don Draper

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  2. Martel

    “He’s as selfless as he is selfish, for he forsakes money as easily as he forsakes commissions for projects he doesn’t like.”

    And that’s why I hate the words “selfless” and “selfish”, for both can incorporate both what’s best and worst about man.

    I understand why Rand promotes “selfishness”, but I also have issues with it. First, Roark and her other heroes are selfish in the good way, but you can also fairly describe car thieves and pickpockets as “selfish”.

    Second, it has a very negative connotation, and people assume that whey you using it you’re ascribing utter bastards with virtue.

    Rand despised theft, fraud, and violence. However, when defending her views on selfishness, one is forced to spend all kinds of time distinguishing between the good and the bad kinds.

    That’s why I’ve coined the term (a practice Rand hates) “selfist”. Selfism is the dedication to an enlightened self-interest. It incorporates both the “selfish” and “selfless” acts of Roark in that he defines himself according to his ideals. He does what HE believes and neither the opinions of others nor his own material self-interest stand in his way.

    Regardless, I think Dominique’s hot as hell.

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