Book Review: The Art Of Fiction by Ayn Rand | #SmartReads

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Zy Marquiez
June 20, 2017

Analogous to the Art Of NonFiction, the Art Of Fiction, by Ayn Rand details the core concepts of Rand’s writing repertoire, crystallized for all to see.

In the first half of the book Rand cogently creates very practical, and yet methodical approach that
narrows down on importance of the subconscious in writing, theme, plot and its development, climax, and characterization.  The latter half of the book focuses on style from a variety of angles, all from her objectivist point of view.

Throughout the book Rand speaks at length of the two types of writing that exist in her eyes: naturalist writing vs. romanticist writing.

Naturalistic style catalogues things, which often are inconsequential.  On the other hand, romanticist writing employs carefully selected concrete words in specificity to capture the essentials, what really matters, of a scene.

Rand juxtaposes the two, offering samples that precisely describe why in her mind one is superior to the other.  Moreover, after showing the reader the pros and cons of each style, Rand speaks at length about how to maximize writing while not overstating words.

Imperative as well is the importance of avoiding floating abstractions, choosing instead to gravitate towards making writing more concrete, more specific.  She also covers a few issues with style, for instance, narrative vs. dramatization, which was quite insightful.  Exposition is also covered, as well as flashbacks, transitions, and other notable points.

On the importance of style, Rand notes:

“What constitutes the heart of any style is the clarity of the thoughts a writer expresses – plus the kind of thoughts he choose to express.”[1]

Further:

“A good style is one that conveys the most with the greatest economy of words.  In a textbook, the ideal is to communicate one line of thought or a set of facts as clearly as possible.  For a literary style, much more is necessary.  A great literary style is one that combines five or more different meanings in one clear sentence.   (I do not mean ambiguity but the communication of different issues).”[2][Bold Emphasis Added]

More importantly, however, Rand elucidates on the importance of precision in writing:

“I never waste a sentence on saying: “John Smith meets James Brown.”  That is too easy; it is playing the piano with one finger.  Say much more, just as clearly, say it in chords, with a whole orchestration.  That is good style.”[3]

Anyone who has ever read any of Rand’s book knows that Rand’s novels function on multiple tiers, employing various layers of insights, just like a building features various floors that carry out different functions.  For instance, analyzing one of her passage from Atlas Shrugged, she points out how one passage had four purposes: a literary one, a connotative one, a symbolic level, and an emotional level.  The seamlessness of how Rand fuses multiple tiers of purpose is one of the many reasons Rand writing will always remain in the upper caste of the field/discipline.

Although not originally created to be a book, and was instead drawn from Rand’s prior lectures, this book impeccably allows readers to view writing through her unique eyes.  Likewise, the way in which Rand breaks down the purpose of every single thing she does is a breath of fresh air.  The tenets within this book will make readers ruminate upon a much more precise type of writing, one that functions on a deeper level.  Such profound depth and meaning is usually missing from most modern fiction books, which is a shame since much more could be achieved if people employed different skills.

The Art Of Nonfiction is a terrific read in its totality.  The book is a veritable treasure trove of insights.  Couple this book with such classics such as The Element Of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, gather a bit of inspiration with The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield, and sprinkle a bit of The Art Of Description by Mark Doty, and one has the veritable seeds for success in writing.

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Footnotes:

[1] Ayn Rand, The Art Of Fiction, p. 142.
[2] Ibid., 143.
[3] Ibid., 143.
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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who studies and mirrors regularly subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

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[Review] Recommended Book – The Third Way – The Nazi International, European Union & Corporate Fascism By Dr. Farrell

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Zy Marquiez
December 15, 2015

As a preamble, have had the pleasure myself of reading 20 of Dr. Farrell’s books in the past, and they have all been as thought-provoking as they have been deep in scope. Not only do his books dovetail with each other rather smoothly, but they each bring a different [yet much needed!] flavor to alternative research, and his work is starting to get recognized by independent researchers and individuals that are searching for answers to questions in our paradigm/s that the mainstream culture [and even alternative media as well] is not covering, and sometimes downright suppressing.

Mr. Farrell’s new magnum opus, ‘The Third Way – The Nazi International, European Union And Corporate Fascism’, picks up where his previous work, ‘The Nazi International’ left off. In usual Farrell fashion, he interweaves a variety of different facts, documentation and theories to solidify the fact that Nazism 2.0 [modern day Nazis] are not an outgrowth of the preview generation, but a continuance of the Post-WW2 Nazi ideology that plagued humanity decades ago.

As a particular document that Mr. Farrell cites says, “For us” – The Nazi International “The war never stopped.” When taken in conjunction with the fact that no representatives from the Nazi party ever formally surrendered, you can catch a glimpse at the innerworkings of the mentality being showcased that would drive Nazism 2.0 to the 21st Century.

This particular books is extremely vital in understanding the current breath and latitude of some of the wider/dire issues that are affecting society today – mainly fascism/corporatism/Nazism – and how those have spawned the seeds of what is now the European Union, with Germany at the tip of the spear so to speak.

Trenchantly, Mr. Farrell covers how the Nazis were able to extend their sphere of influence throughout different countries/agencies/etc and how that not only lead to technological/currency cartels, with I.G. Farben’s ghost at the forefront and the BIS coupled along, but also to the creation of the cosmology cartel known as CERN.

Would love to expound more on the aforementioned subjects, but that would be doing a disservice to Dr. Farrell’s work.

If you have read any of his previous work, you will greatly enjoy this piece immensely. And if you haven’t, it’s not a bad place to start as this particular book, more so than any other, is vital to comprehending certain aspects of issues that are everpresent in our society today, and will continue to plague us until something is done about it.

Really hope that helps anyone on the fence that is pondering getting this book.

[Review] Recommended Book – The Secret Behind Secret Societies by Jon Rappoport

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By: Zy Marquiez
December 10, 2015

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
– Albert Einstein

The Secret Behind Secret Societies by Jon Rappoport is a phenomenal read that delves into aspects of secret societies that most people haven’t considered, even in the alternative media.

The book is essentially a tour de force into the inner workings of secret societies, which in this respect, is a merger between what most people think of, coupled with a point of view that nobody has brought into the fold within this arena, or most others for that matter.

Mr. Rappoport gives a crash course into the main weapon humanity has to free itself from the nefarious shackles of the comptrollers – imagination.

Had it been known to me that this book tackled the subject of imagination, it would have wound up being purchased by myself a few years back. What is meant by that is that the title of the book is very misleading – not in a duplicitous way, mind you. It’s just a book that is far more reaching that most would ever realize.

His constant alluding to the importance of this subject in his daily website at nomorefakenews.com is what peaked my curiosity on the subject. After having been an avid reader of Rappoport’s work for over 3 years, he has made it crystal clear why imagination is so vital.

In this book, he delves deeper as to why imagination is of utmost importance, and how the secret societies – the ones you know about, and many which you hadn’t even considered – not only gain power, but how they stunt growth and suppress the imagination/consciousness/mind of the individual in ways most cannot even fathom.

Haven’t seen one researcher tackle this angle yet [and hopefully will find one/more that do], and it really is the most significant one because as Rappoport implies quite often, people searching for ways to free themselves from the matrix of manipulation without seeing the full breadth and scope of the theater, end up switching one system of ideas/beliefs for another one, thinking that will free them without realizing that all systems are a trap.

Throughout the length of the book, Rappaport takes you through his personal journey into how he ultimately found out about the inner workings of imagination, and its one hell of a ride to be completely honest.

This is a subject that is so vital, that it should be taught at schools from the instant that children can begin to grasp it. The sooner the better. The ability to be able to use one’s own mind/imagination/consciousness and be able to not only eviscerate the layers of deceit, but also to actually shed one’s shackles whilst also rerouting the tidal wave of manipulation right back to the ruling powers is just the starting point.

Life is ultimately about creation, and the fulcrum of creation is imagination. Interweaving imagination within your reality via your intent/consciousness will make all the difference in your life/journey.

This particular book is as inspirational as it is deep in scope. Its depth comes from the finer subtleties covered in detail, such as visualization, art work, dreams, et al. to conquer the vicious vortex of mind control that zaps all imagination out the outset of very nascent stages.

This book is so beyond mundane conventional thoughts, that it might truly be the first modern breakaway book. Breakaway in the sense that this particular book will allow you detach from the entire mindcontrol grid if you decide to apply the concepts it presents to the fullest extent.  That said, this concept might take some people much more than one read and a few days of thought to understand the full latitude of it.

As we have learned, imagination is limitless. Rappaport gave his readers one cosmic chunk out of the endless possibilities that consciousness can partake it. The discovery of the entire latitude of imagination is up to the reader/researcher/individual.

Focused intent is the gas pedal, while imagination is the wheel of consciousness. Without one, the other is useless, like a ship with a busted rudder drifting aimlessly in an endless ocean.

What you take/create from it is up to you. The choice is y/ours, as always.

Digressing:

“Imagination should be used, not to escape reality, but to create it.”
– Collin Wilson

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
– Muhammad Ali

“Logic will get you from from A to Z, imagination will get you everywhere.”
– Albert Einstein

“Imagination decides everything.”
– Blaise Pascal