Friday, May 6, 2016

Writing of Atlas Shrugged

The kind of focus that Ayn Rand would have needed for completing Atlas Shrugged is highlighted in this comment by Jack Portnoy, her cousin, in his interview with Scott McConnell

“At the time she was writing Atlas Shrugged, and she had some very eccentric things she used to do. She used to have a needle that she wrapped around her thumb and she would press her fingers with it, and actually bring up little spurts of blood. I kept saying, “What the devil are you doing that for?” She said that would keep her thoughts alive.”

(Source: '100 Voices: Oral History of Ayn Rand' by Scott McConnell; Chapter: 1940s)

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