7 Jul

Just finished reading Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.

Howard Roark, in the movie version

I’m amazed, and completely mindblown. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. It’s not a thrilling page-turner, but it’s masterfully written, with sense of style that is so sadly lacking in a lot of today’s popular literature.

Its words are something to marinate in, something to chew on before turning each page. It doesn’t knock the wind right out of you, but it’s like a vise slowly squeezing the air out of you until you realize you can’t breathe. It was the kind of book that I didn’t want to end. Not because it was a wild fantasy adventure or giggly romance rollercoaster that should just go on forever, but I was more afraid of HOW it would end. It’s such a relief to me that the author chose hope rather than inevitability. And the world makes sense again — for now.

The best part about this book was that it made me feel so small. I can’t even begin to figure out how Roark or Dominique, the novel’s heroes, can relate or figure into my life. I’m not at all worthy of the comparison, even if I wanted it. Ayn Rand wanted to create Howard Roark as the Ideal Man, as twisted and exquisite as it should be. But it’s amazing just how another’s words and ideas can move mountains within you, even from a different era, a completely different world.




I’ve just turned 27 and things are going great! For the first time in a long time, I feel I can say it and really mean it. Of course there are lots of things still up in the air, but I guess that’s just what life is: A work in progress.

The great Transiberian Adventure is only weeks away, and I’m almost almost set! The last large hurdle was obtaining my Russian Visa (I think only the ultra-budget Filipino traveler trying to get this without the help of a travel agency will understand just how stressful this experience was!!) but that’s finally over with, and now I need to practice writing. I just bought myself a Bluetooth keyboard (which works like a dream, whenever it feels like working properly) so I can write on the road. Nothing like a new gadget to sucker myself into productivity, but hey! Here I am, writing again after months and months.

I still owe myself the last installment of the Northern Thailand set, and perhaps something on the mountains and the rolling hills of the Philippines I feel so at home in. OK there, I’ve said it so I can hold myself responsible for these assignments. I guess it doesn’t matter what I write, only that I write.


2 Responses to “Updates”

  1. thomasmmm July 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    i’ve been meaning to read this as well. my friend from grade 7 lent me a copy in college. it’s a hovel for a sheltered, college clique of backpacking dust mites.
    have fun with your adventure!
    p.s., what keyboard did you buy? Ros and I want to get an Apple BT KB which is on sale at the office.

    • popsix July 9, 2012 at 5:52 am #

      Read it! It’s really something 🙂 thank you Noni! (low-commitment high-impact keyboard from CDR King! 😉

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