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I was watching this CSPAN video on American Writers dealing specifically with Ayn Rand (who else, right?) and this one dude called up and said basically the following:

"Do you guys think Ayn Rand's influence would have been bigger if she'd have been a man? And also, why are you guys studying this broad when you could be making a difference like studying Charles Bukowski?"

Can anybody tell me why it would be better to NOT do a show on American Writers of the 30's and 40's about Ayn Rand but rather a show about Bukowski? Did he really make a bigger difference than Ayn Rand?

I know some of you may not like her or her thoughts or her writing but I think it's pretty universally understood that she was more "important" than Bukowski; does anybody agree with that guy?