Third Act Twist: Ayn Rand In the 21st Century

by Benjamin Frisch

The Withered Husks Of Ayn's Only True Pleasure

After nine episodes of Ayn’s Adventures, you are probably so addicted to Mizz Rand’s animal magnetism that you couldn’t look away from this, our 10th episode, if you wanted to.

For those of you yet to fall for Ayn’s mysterious passions, read from the beginning, or check the archive.

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mumblyjoe August 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Still loving that “vomit” tag.

bago August 9, 2010 at 12:32 pm

The “HURRRRR” was inspired.

Katydid August 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm

This is true, because when I was 16, I thought “The Fountainhead” was a great, passionate novel. By college, I started to realize Rand espoused an insane philosophy, even if I didn’t know exactly why, and had never heard of libertarianism.

jus_wonderin August 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Those eyes look like poor, oil-coated, Gulf oysters. I haz a sad.

Cape Clod August 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm

This strip is starting to have an Edvard Munch quality to it, but with more vomit.

Monsieur Grumpe August 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Maybe the comic should be in color after she consumed the hallucinogenic cactus.

Oblios Cap August 9, 2010 at 12:51 pm

[re=634785]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]:

Already been done in some movie about a wizard.

weejee August 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Wow! Ayn, riding Panama Red’s horse Mescalito. That is quite a vision Intern Benjamin, and not necessarily comforting.

Baldar T Flagass August 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Is that Carlos Castaneda in the last panel? Because he’s dead, too.

Grumpy Old Man August 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I remember the conflict her books created in my mind with her anti-altruism rants. I really did try to ‘rationalize’ her selfishness against people willing to put their life at risk to rescue others; then I got about 20 words into John Gault rant before realizing there was no ‘there’ there and went on with my life.

Neilist August 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm

That vomit thing in the next-to-the-last panel is one of those . . . whatdacallem? . . . metaphor thingies, right? As a symbol of her “literary output”?

[Just want you to know that we're paying attention here in the back row of class. Those of us who are not stoned out of our minds, that is.]

ZombieRichardFeynman August 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm

As stoner documentaries go nothing tops Homer Simpson licking the psychedelic frog at the miniature golf course.

DC Hates Me August 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Chuck Woolery is her spirit guide? Wayne Newtown would be more logical, as he’s native american.

UncleTom August 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Next: Ayn meets the ghost of Carlos Castenda and Yaqui shaman Don Juan Matus.

southern mark smith August 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm

[re=634773]Katydid[/re]: The Fountainhead made me want to move to New York and admire the architecture, which I did. It was nice.


President Inaugural Balls August 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I read enough of the fountainhead to realize that she had very few points to make, but felt the need to say them each several times over to appear deep. I seriously lose respect for adults that read this shit.

Zorg August 9, 2010 at 2:20 pm

This is getting really interesting… Frisch is beginning to shoulder the mantle of such American giants as Robert Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Greg Irons, Spain Rodriguez, Dan O’Neil and Gilbert Shelton. Onward through the fog!

GOPCrusher August 9, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Ayn Rand is going to walk in the Spirit World.

Merkin Muffley August 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Please, please tell me that is Jim DeMint.

LittlePig August 9, 2010 at 2:33 pm

[re=634839]DC Hates Me[/re]: Whew. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one.

megs August 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Is that Adam Carolla at the end?

Joey Ratz August 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Benjamin Frisch, vomit afficionado. Excellent!

Barrelhse August 9, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I KNEW it was Carlos Castaneda in drag the whole time.

schvitzatura August 9, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Ayn’s fuckbuddy Nathaniel Branden?

OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin August 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I really do love Rush. But only for the musicianship.

President Beeblebrox August 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm

My 40-year-old self reads these strips and laughs at my 18-year-old self who read Ayn Rand and took her seriously, thinking that Objectivism was a Serious Philosophy.

If you ever want a good night’s sleep, try reading Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, wherein Ms. Ayn Rand, nee Alice Rosenbaum, tries and spectacularly fails at converting novels heavy in BDSM, industrial phallus symbols, and utter disdain for humanity into a coherent philosophy.

[re=635272]schvitzatura[/re]: Another read good for laffs is “Who Is Ayn Rand?”, the most ass-kissing biography ever put to paper, written by Nathaniel Branden and his cuckolded wife Barbara. Nathaniel is a genuinely nice guy (I’ve met him) and was totally shunned by the Randroids after Ms. Rosenbaum broke up with him… after that he stopped pretending to be a philosopher and stuck to psychology.

StonyPillow August 9, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Francisco d’Anconia is currently wearing pink underwear in Arpaio’s tent jail outside Phoenix. If we can smuggle him a copy of Ben’s magnum opus, it will cheer him up considerably.

CorBear August 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm

As a teenager I also read everything of Rand’s that I could find. Fortunately in college I discovered Doris Lessing. The Golden Notebook is ample corrective for Atlas Shrugged any day.

zhubajie August 10, 2010 at 3:05 am

[re=634798]Baldar T Flagass[/re]: No, he’s outside, looking in!

zhubajie August 10, 2010 at 3:08 am

[re=635284]President Beeblebrox[/re]: I would say that finding Ayn Rand sexually attractive is a sure sign something is wrong. A dog would have more to offer.

Potater August 10, 2010 at 9:57 am

If nothing else, Benjamin, you’ve perfected the art of vomit indiscretion shots. You’re like the next Jackson Pollock, or Gallagher!

Broken Malice Machine August 10, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Haha…Benjamin Frisch you have made me laugh. You know, this series has become a highlight of Wonkette, no offense guys but between this and the hilarious (and attractively hilarious, funny women are sexier than any woman with saltwater bags in her boobs) Sarah Benincasa you’re being taken over from within; Ginger Power!

Unless…Benjamin Frisch isn’t a ginger…then the apocalypse has been overted (temporarilly).

WriteyWriterton August 10, 2010 at 11:36 pm

[re=634830]ZombieRichardFeynman[/re]: The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers holiday in Mexico, are thrown in jail and escape with the help of shaman Don Longjuan, in a partial spoof of the Carlos Castaneda books. Gilbert Shleton and Dave Sheridan. Brilliant then, brilliant now (to an Old).

Uncertainty Vice-Principal August 13, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Nice drawing of the shaman.

Or put another way, nice Yaqui doodle.

S.Luggo August 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm

This is why we must protect the peyote from encroaching development.

heydave August 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

[re=638331]Uncertainty Vice-Principal[/re]: Oh, bravo! (insert golf clap)

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