Melody Ehsani recently hung out at home with Girls at Library, an online journal that features engaging literary interviews with and book recommendations from remarkable, diverse women who share a passion for reading. She talked about favorite books and authors that have impacted her throughout different moments in her life including The Artist’s Way, James Baldwin, Hafiz, Twilight, and Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged:
"At the time that I read it, I was really struggling with deciding what I was going to do for the rest of my life. [Atlas Shrugged] was basically an ode to the creative freethinker. Its main character was an innovative architect who was brilliant, but most often misunderstood and rejected by the majority. He struggled for acceptance of his ideas and often had to go up against tradition and the status quo and all the fear that people in society have of letting go of how something has always been done to try something new. The theme, as Ayn Rand states is the individual versus the collective or "collectivism" as she calls it- not in politics, but in men's souls. Its about the conflict between those who think for themselves and those who allow others to dominate their lives. The way in which she creates this world around this idea was what made me fall in love with the book, because by the end of it, I was more clear as to what side of things I wanted to be on- and how I wanted to live my life."
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