xkcd

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While not all of the updates for the sarcastic stick figure comic xkcd are hits, I must admit the latest update was delightfully sardonic, especially given my own opinions on the book “Atlas Shrugged.” There is a certain surreal humor in the thought that some building engineer designed a secret panel in a library specifically to hold a copy of Ann Rand’s classic “libertarian” novel “Atlas Shrugged” (which ignores the very important role that “ordinary” people play in a capitalistic society, along with the infrastructure that government provides for industry) just to diss the person’s taste in literature. No doubt there are plenty of Rand fans who’ll take umbrage at cartoonist Randall Munroe’s take on their favorite book, but to be honest, the title could easily have been changed to any book you dislike and it would have had similar merit.