Saturday, November 10, 2007

Funniest thing I've read in days

Terry Teachout wrote about the 50th anniversary of Atlas Shrugged in the November 19th issue of National Review. In his article, he quotes Ayn Rand's publisher, Bennett Cerf,

I remember when Atlas Shrugged was being edited by Hiram Haydn. The hero, John Galt, makes a speech that lasts about thirty-eight pages {sic!}. All that he says in it has been said over and over already in the book, but Hiram could not get her to cut a word.... I said, "Ayn, nobody's going to read that. You've said it all three or four times before, and it's thirty pages long. You've got to cut it." She looked at me calmly and said, "Would you cut the Bible?" So I gave up.


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