Sean Dixon

Love Ayn Rand


King Vidor, Gary Cooper as Howard Roark, “The Fountainhead” (1949)

They altered his design so he blew up the building.

They changed the cladding from titanium to aluminum so he blew up the building.

The acoustics weren’t right so he blew up the building.

The government taxed the building so he blew up the building.

They put a daycare at street level to indoctrinate children, so he blew up the building.

It was his fucking building so he blew up the building.

Someone pointed out that the inventor of the wheel was likely not denounced by his brothers, the first harnesser of fire was probably not burned at the stake, so he blew up the building.

‘You know what I mean,’ he said, and he blew up the building.

Someone remarked in passing that Rudof Diesel was not opposed by anyone though he was almost killed by his invention when it blew up in his face, so he blew up the building.

A scientist presented her new idea suggesting parasites and hosts formed symbiotic relationships which gave rise to more complex organisms, spawning evolution as we know it from the smallest cells to human beings, so he blew up the building.


dhuli, “The Five Kingdoms of Life” (2007)

To be more accurate, the scientist postulated that a single cell organism made an unsuccessful attempt to consume another single cell organism and so the two together became a double celled organism. Over time, they formed communities that eventually came to be known as ‘plants’, ‘animals’ and ‘humans’.

He puzzled over the implications of this and then he blew up the building.


WLanier, “Dancing Volvox” (2006)

Someone suggested he wasn’t supporting the ideas of a fellow creator but still he blew up the building.

He started to feel insecure after that. The reasoning mind, he thought, cannot work under this form of compulsion...

He overheard the chief engineer calling it his building so he blew up the building.

He was going to blow up the building but the chief engineer blew up the building first.

The chief engineer was a parasite. Er, rather not a parasite but a dog. The chief engineer was a dog. How dare he call himself a creator. So he blew up another building, one the chief engineer had built, which the chief engineer was on the record as calling a ‘level perfect building’. It was a building in Cleveland. He blew up that building. Suck it, chief engineer.

There was no God, just him, so he blew up the building.

He was feeling depressed so he blew up the building.

Someone looked at him funny, so he blew up the building.

He wanted to prove he still had some verve so he blew up the building.

He wanted the afternoon to be like a movie so he blew up the building.

Someone replaced the chair with something more comfortable so he blew up the building.

The rational benefits included jizz in his pants so he blew up the building.


The Lonely Island, from the album “Incredibad” (2009)

The para—er, dog—responds to serious intellectual arguments like an adolescent boy, so he blew up the building.

Who does she think she is? He blew up the building.

He hoped to prove there was something beyond the physical, so he blew up the building.

Maybe no God but God? He blew up the building.

Eliding the principles of Objectivism with the intellectual tradition of the Prophet, he blew up the building.

Chastened that, in a moment of weakness, he chose religious belief over intellectual superiority, he blew up the building.

Anyway, it was a fucking ugly building so he blew up the building.

He hated having to explain himself so he blew up the building.

He hated the god who created him so he blew up the building.

He hated the author who created him so he blew up the building.

He didn’t want to cry so he blew up the building.

He blew up the building but you don’t understand, it makes me feel good about myself, it makes me feel like anything is possible for me, it’s a metaphor, you just don’t understand, nobody understands, I love this book and it’s about me and you don’t understand and I don’t have to explain it to you.

He blew up the building.


911, “Collapse Of The North Tower” (2001)

- Sean Dixon

  • http://ryeberg.com/author/mary-gaitskill/ Mary Gaitskill

    If they don’t put back that LIKE button, I’m going to blow up the building!!!

    • http://ryeberg.com/author/ryeberg/ Ryeberg

      Please don’t blow it up! The LIKE button will return very soon – a matter of days!

  • http://ryeberg.com/author/sean-dixon/ Sean Dixon

    A note on playing the videos: You can start the first video and then scroll down and watch the other videos while Roark continues to speak. You may think you need to turn the volume down on the other videos, but it’s better if you don’t.

  • http://alexleslie.wordpress.com alexleslie

    Love this.

  • http://scruss.com/blog/ scruss

    Of course, the real story about Diesel was that his original engine used peanut oil, so Big Oil had him pushed off a boat to drown. Yeah …

  • http://ryeberg.com/author/sean-dixon/ Sean Dixon

    I demanded Atlas Shrugged in my town and they didn’t give it to me so I blew up the building: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W07bFa4TzM

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Sean Dixon is a novelist, playwright, and actor. His novels include "The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn" and "The Girls Who Saw Everything" ("The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal" in the U.S. and the U.K.) — named one of the Best Books of 2007 by Quill & Quire. His plays have been produced in Canada, the U.S., Australia and the U.K., and three have been collected in "AWOL: Three Plays for Theatre SKAM." He occasionally plays banjo with the Toronto glam rock band tomboyfriend. For more Sean Dixon, go here.