A senior economics writer for the Wall Street Journal editorial page says that everything you need to know about how to fight a recession/depression can be found in "Atlas Shrugged," the Ayn Rand novel.
The merit of that argument aside (!), the author (Stephen Moore) and his editors violate a cardinal journalistic rule: avoid absolute statements (X is "the first," "the only") unless you are positive you are correct.
Moore suggests that the reason "Atlas Shrugged" hasn't been turned into a film is liberal bias (though an adaptation is apparently in the works). Then, to drive home the point, he writes that "it is the only classic novel of recent decades that was never made into a movie." [my italics]
Really? "The Adventures of Augie March,"* by Bellow. "Mr. Sammler's Planet," "Henderson the Rain King," "Herzog."
Rushdie's "Midnight's Children." Nabokov's "Pale Fire." Ellison's "Invisible Man." Naipaul's "A House for Mr. Biswas."
Some of those novels are unfilmable -- but then some might say that "Atlas Shrugged" is, too (novel of ideas, titanic speechifying, etc.) Have I missed any film adaptations of the novels I've listed? Can any readers lengthen the list of exceptions to Moore's remarkable claim? The more popular the novel, the better. (Forget about whether "Atlas Shrugged" qualifies as a "classic.")
*I mangled the title when I first posted.
UPDATE: A commenter nominates "One Hundred Years of Solitude."
MORE: "Catcher in the Rye," "On the Road," "Blood Meridian," "Confederacy of Dunces," "The Stranger," all of Thomas Pynchon, "Neuromancer."
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