Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions
For several months now a few of my [smart and fabulous] friends have been passing around worn copies of Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged." This has not resulted in my own carrying around of a 1200-page capitalist screed, because I am not a fan. Waaay too pinko commie to appreciate the rationalist, self-oriented philosophies of Ms. Rand.
This NY Times article says more about why Rand makes me twitch. "Ayn Rand's Literature of Capitalism"
It's an interesting article and points to the fundamental lack of attraction I feel for her stuff. Also, it appears in the Business section. Bleh. First clue that it's not my style. But secondly, it cites all kinds of CEOs and Vice Presidents and other oh-so-important people in the business sector who've found inspiration in Rand's work. Ugh. At the same time, I'm awed and motivated by the fact that what was an initially very poorly-received body of work has resonated so widely some fifty years later. Literature is indeed powerful, in spite of what the rationalists have to say about that.