Books What Should We Do with this Portrait of Ayn Rand?
posted by March 19 at 12:45 PMon
This drawing of Ayn Rand—sorry about the blurry pic—was created for the first Genius Awards party in 2003, by the artist Kathryn Rathke, and has been hanging in the office ever since—along with portraits of Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Samuel Beckett, Brian Wilson, and Jenny Holzer. All geniuses in their way. For a long time I’ve been sitting under Dorothy and Robert and Brian, and the copyeditors have been sitting under Ayn, but today I’m moving to the office where the copyeditors used to sit and the copyeditors are moving to an office with a view of the park. Here’s my problem: I sorta don’t want Ayn Rand hanging above me.
Because this is clearly worth something—it’s by Kathryn Rathke!—and because a lot of people do like Ayn Rand, it seemed right to ask Slog readers for some advice. What should we do with Ayn Rand? (She’s approximately two-and-a-half feet by three-and-a-half feet.)
(A) We auction her off in next year’s Strangercrombie and give the proceeds to a worthy charitable cause, which would make Rand (who despised altruism) roll over in her grave.
(B) We hang it over Paul Constant’s desk, after all he’s the one who wrote in The Stranger: “If you’re over 25 and you still think her books are great, you’re (a) white and (b) an asshole.”
(C) Cut holes where her eyes are and put it over a urinal. (Paul’s idea—which really kinda makes you want to tack her up on his wall, doesn’t it?)
(D) We hold an essay contest in Slog comments under the subject: “Why This Portrait Is Rightfully Mine and No One Else’s.” No word limit.
Please, help me decide how to get rid of Ayn Rand. Dorothy, Samuel, Jenny, Brian, and Robert are not available.