At Kiplinger.com, a career coach named Marty Nemko lists helpful advice in a "career survival kit." It contains some non-controversial ideas for keeping a job in a tough market, but in describing one bit of advice, he made quite a funny gaffe. If you're a fan of The Fountainhead, that is.
What? Who? Huh? I simply have no idea which characters he actually meant to describe here, or how anyone could have such a confused recollection of the book. But I laughed out loud when I read this. It's not a smear... it's just so wrong!
3. Be indispensable. When Ellsworth Toohey, the lazy boss in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, complained of too much work, Howard Roark offered to do some for him. Toohey became addicted to Roark's help, which made Roark indispensable to Toohey.
Imagine Roark trying to curry favor with a boss (Toohey his boss? What?) in order to become indispensible. That is funny stuff.
ps: Does anyone have any ideas about what Nemko might have actually meant to write had he had his characters straight?