Saturday, April 16, 2011
Looking for love in all the Rand places
Those of us who are not fans of Ayn Rand might blanch at this, but the objectivists out there are probably happy as clams: a dating site for fans of the author of Atlas Shrugged. 'There are about 12,700 dating profiles on the Atlasphere, which Joshua Zader, 37, founded in 2003 after attending a few Rand-related conferences. "I realized that all the single people were using the conferences to search for another Ayn Rand fan they could fall in love with," says Zader, who modeled the site after Match.com's pay-to-view profile system. But the Atlasphere also functions as a social network (with some 22,000 nondating profiles) in which members can contribute essays and articles. I asked Zader how someone who espouses a me-first philosophy can also maintain a loving relationship. "Ayn Rand has a great quote in The Fountainhead," he told me. "She writes that a person cannot say 'I love you' without first being able to say the I."' More...
Posted by Jim Menick at 4:00 PM