I Will Not Do This

While reading through a discussion board on an otherwise tedious thread about policing and unions, a user posted this gem of a comment while trying to support his position:

...You guys want a good book to read. Pick up "Atlas Shrugged." Haven't read it yet myself but, plan on it soon. Saw the first part of the movie. Kinda cheesy but, love the principles they are putting out.

Recommending a book that you have never read based on an opinion formed from a snippet of a movie that was based on it?

Now that is what I call convincing.

Yikes.

Not to worry, this blog author pledges never to recommend a tune/book/article/movie that I have not personally listened to/read/watched.

I do reserve the right to recommend songs that I cannot sing well though.

13 comments:

Brian Miller said...

seriously? nah i wont recommend if i wont do it myself or have not...not cool.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Atlas Shrugged is a remarkable pice of literature, and I have read it, as has my wife.
But you DO have to read the thing for all the pieces to fit.
I DO find Galt's (near) 75-page "speech" the most riveting, and often go back to it to "remind me" about things.

Movies rarely (if ever) do whatever source material justice, and even teachers in MY day knew when you did a BOOK REPORT on a cinematic verson of "The Ox-Bow Incident"...lol.

Good post.

Stay safe out there.

J. J. in Phila said...

I read Atlas Shrugged the week I retired, which was probably a mistake. :)

The ideas are interesting, but the author, Ayn Rand, tends to have her characters speaking in long monologues, like the previously mentioned speech by John Galt.

In terms of writing style, it it tries to to combined a novel and a philosophy text. It succeeds at times, and fails at times.

Clarissa Draper said...

That's funny! I haven't even heard of the book.

Beth Zimmerman said...

Sincerely appreciate that, SD! LOL! :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I can't sing well either!

Austin said...
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carma said...

take 3 at leaving a comment. one of these days my son will remember to sign out of google when he gets up from the desktop.

By now I've forgotten what I wanted to say...

BobKat said...

Unfortunately, I'm not surprised.

Somewhere in our pre-history is a time where people learned to think in black and white, either/or OR right/wrong. There became no grays, no rainbows of colors, nor hearty diversity... only true/false.

How could such a thing happen?

Apathy, and indifference to real knowledge. Complacency.

Find self-respect, time, and if recommending a book please actually read it first.

It's 2011... less than a week for D-Day when the federal gov't defaults, and chaos ensues...

Atlas Shrugs

Erin said...

Think of how many people form whole world views and philosophies for or against the Bible, for or against the Koran, etc. etc. without ever having read them, but based only on a snippet they've heard somebody else describe once.

How ridiculous is that.

Lydia K said...

I swear I just read a comment like this today...something like, "I never read Moby Dick but I've seen the movie and it would teach you a lot."

I was like, huh?

Holly Lefevre said...

Perhaps this was a politician...sounds like something they would say/do.

Maxi said...

This person left common sense to the wayside and…

Movies are never true to the book.