Simplavida Saturday: David Runciman on Ayn Rand

David Runciman's series on the great political novels looks at Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged

Simplavida Saturday: David Runciman on Ayn Rand

We are big believers that you exercise for many reasons, which is great, but you don't need to think about exercise while you're doing it. It is a good idea to find more reasons to get out doing things than simply the act of exercising itself.

One of us (Paul) is fond of the idea that when he goes for a run he is really just "going for a read". He mostly uses running as an excuse for "Paul time" to listen to audiobooks and the odd podcast. This makes running, as an example, a terrific way to get uninterrupted blocks of time to "read", often getting through a book every week or two, just while running.

Paul's pick of the week to "go for a read" is from David Runciman's terrific series on the great political novels, part of his ongoing Past Present Future podcast on the history of ideas. This week David looks closely at Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. We won't spoil Runciman's take on the novel, beyond him saying that it is a classic of its sort, even if a poor novel, albeit one with huge explanatory power in understanding modern tech bros and their boosters and critics.

Happy "going for a read", and, as ever, keep things simple.

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