It started off as a lark. I spend so much time complaining about Atlas Shrugged and the philosophies espoused within, yet I had never actually read the book. Now, I’ll be honest, I have few scruples, none of which get in the way of me being a hypocrite. Still, it felt kind of wrong spending so much of my time bashing a book I’ve never read.
So, swallowing what pride I had, I opted to rectify this inconsistency by shelling ten dollars of my own hard earned cash on a novel which has come to serve as a sort of bible for everything I don’t believe in… you know… except the real bible which is also a bible for everything I don’t believe in. But that’s no never mind.
And I’m reading it, as painful as that has proven to be. Further, I’m tweeting all of my reactions in real time on my twitter account, apparently to the amusement of some, and the bemusement of others. This latter group seems particularly eager for me to put the book down if I don’t like it which strikes me as odd, but whatever.
Then a friend had the GREATEST IDEA ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET! Liz suggested that I turn my pain… er… reading into a pledge-a-thon for the Obama for America reelection campaign! BRILLIANT! What better way to honor this ode to selfishness written by a bigoted and lonely recluse than to use it to help reelect a liberal (read: socialist), black president!
So here’s how we’re going to do it. First, you’ll want to make your pledge in the comments below. You can pledge per page (there are 1069), per chapter (there are 30), per Part (there are 3), or you can simply pledge to make a single donation of your choosing.
Once you’ve decided how and what you want to pledge, simply leave a comment in the comments section below. At the end of each month until this is done, I’ll tally how many pages, chapters, and parts I’ve worked through so you can do the math and get ready to make your donation.
When it is donation time, you’ll want to head on over to the website and give them your cash!
Also, you’ll want to follow ME on twitter while I’m reading this for two GREAT reasons. Reason one is this; as an added bonus, if I can make it to 1069 followers before I finish reading Atlas Shrugged, I will personally mail to the 1069th follower the actual bookmark that I have created specifically for this book and event. Made out of sturdy folded card stock, the bookmark depicts a poorly drawn cartoon of a barely recognizeable (if at all) image of Ayn Rand pounding her typewriter while smoking a cigarette. Inscribed (read, scrawled in the same felt pen I used to draw the cartoon) below is one of my early tweets from this process: 100 Monkeys Typing Couldn’t Shit This Wretchedly!
Between now and the time I finish there is no telling how many more additions will be made to this very special, one of a kind, collectors item.
The other reason you’ll want to follow me? Because I’ll live tweet every single page I read from this book. Every exasperated reaction, every clever retort, every threat of physical violence as an outlet for the anger this book has induced in me. All of this great entertainment at the expense of my own intellectual suffering can be yours for simply following me on twitter!
So, don’t forget:
1) Decide on a pledge and write it in the comments below.
3) At the end of every month, check back at this website to find out how much you should donate and head on over to the Obama campaign’s website to donate your dollars!
It’s that simple! Thank you so much for your time, your cash, and your awesome socialistm fueled whatever!