I just finished Raj Patel’s The Value of Nothing, a fantastic work of economic sociology that I highly recommend for its masterly multi-disciplinary analysis of our global economic predicament. It also has the virtue of being extremely funny every once in a while. This is the first paragraph of Chapter Ten:
There are two novels that can transform a bookish fourteen-year-old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish daydream that can lead to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood in which large parts of the day are spent inventing ways to make real life more like a fantasy novel. The other is a book about orcs.
The only thing missing is that neither Rand nor Tolkien was a particularly good writer.