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which I only read since it was researched at both my most hated institution of higher learning (Stanford) and my most loved (Duke). And he gave a fantastic commencement speech at Duke the year before I graduated, when his daughter graduated.
Well having not read The Right Stuff I can't say.
I would have said something about The Fountain, but since everyone's utter distaste for Ayn Rand was voiced earlier in the thread I decided to spare myself the public flogging. For the record, I enjoy The Fountain for many of the reasons everyone else hates it. I think the ideas of objectivism are worth discussing if only to point out why they are so discordant with a healthy society. And a part of me identifies with Roark.
Now if you really want to discuss a piece of shit, let's talk about Atlas Shrugged which I refused to finish. Fuck that horrendous piece of trash. There's not even a worthwhile narrative there. At least The Fountain has that going for it.
And furthermore my top 5 canon would have looked something like this:
1. Faulkner - The Sound and The Fury 2. Vonnegut - Cat's Cradle 3. Steinbeck - East of Eden 4. Rand - The Fountain (fuck it, I'll say it) 5. Middlesex (just to keep it interesting with something contemporary)
But I was attempting to avoid things that had already been said and avoid books that should already be considered canonical.