Her first name rhymes with “pine.” That’s not her real name, of course. She created a philosophy, which is damned close to making your own religion. Meeting her was definitely an adventure.
Whenever Ayn Rand met someone new—an acolyte who’d traveled cross-country to study at her feet, an editor hoping to publish her next novel—she would open the conversation with a line that seems destined to go down as one of history’s all-time classic icebreakers: “Tell me your premises.”
Ayn Rand and the World She Made is the new biography detailed here. I’m sure it’s an interesting read. This article is certainly full of awesome, here’s another excerpt.
Few fellow creatures have had a more intensely odd personal flavor; her temperament could have neutered an ox at 40 paces. She was proud, grouchy, vindictive, insulting, dismissive, and rash. (One former associate called her “the Evel Knievel of leaping to conclusions.”)