Ayn Rand Wants You to Tell Her Your Premises, and Other Culture Highlights From This Week’s New York

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Sam Anderson tries to get to the bottom of Ayn Rand and Objectivism after reading Anne Heller's Ayn Rand and the World She Made. Emma Rosenblum interviews The View's Sherri Shepard. Dan Kois traces the long history of Phantom of the Opera 2. Mary Kaye Schilling reports from the set of the upcoming Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg comedy, The Other Guys. David Edelstein tackles the legacy, —if there will be one,— of Neil Simon. Justin Davidson reviews the "disappointingly tame" Imaginary City by So Percussion, the latest attempt to capture the cacophony of the city in music. And Christopher Bonanos delights in the newly compiled book of Robinson pen-and-ink drawings, New York: Line by Line, From Broadway to the Battery.