Highlights from a Columnist’s Comment Thread

9 Jun

Yesterday, my inaugural book review column went to print in the University of Alabama campus newspaper.  Since then, it’s garnered 62 shares on Facebook, 8 retweets, and 7 comments.  Egads!  Objectively speaking, that’s not much of a reaction I suppose, but for a girl who publishes a modest indie science fiction blog, it’s mind-blowing.  And, strangely, my choice to write about Ayn Rand has met with some hostility.  What?  No!  Really?

Yes.  Yes really.  It has.

And now I have the great pleasure of sharing with you, my slightly less malicious readers, some of the highlights from the comment thread, as well as my responses.  Because I just couldn’t help myself.

Here’s the hands-down winner:


I also had some really nice, thoughtful ones, like this one from lorq:

This is, obviously, an astonishingly self-indulgent post, but like I said, I couldn’t help myself.  Ĝis revido!


3 Responses to “Highlights from a Columnist’s Comment Thread”

  1. B.C. Young June 9, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Awesome! Good to see you receive more recognition and starting some controversy.

    By the way, I owe you a copy of Awry. It’s already released. Let me know when you’re ready for it, and I’ll send it over.

  2. Frida Fantastic June 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Great column. Those comments were interesting, and your responses to them are absolutely amazing 😀 *snicker* Esperanto.

    Regardless of what people think about Ayn Rand’s opinions and politics, there’s no denying that Anthem and The Handmaid’s Tale are both dystopian science fiction novels. I think I may have read bits of Anthem, I don’t remember. I read an Ayn Rand reader so I’ve read like 30 pages of everything and finished nothing.

    Like many folks, I’m uneasy with her opinions and politics, but she did write engaging fiction that continues to strike a chord today. My main nitpick with her fiction is the squick sex scenes (as your column has mentioned) and how I feel like many of her characters speak in the same voice.

    • Isabela Morales June 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

      Those are probably my main criticism of Ayn Rand’s writings too. Personally, I think she was a better essayist than a novelist, but that may be because she considered herself a philosopher first and foremost (not a fiction writer for just the story’s sake).

      My comments have already been commented on as “snarky,” but then, I have a deep-seated dream of writing something so incendiary that I start a flame war on the University web page. Step one complete…

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