"Ancient" post on Rand's Characters in Chewing on Ideas Posted December 20, 2005 I can only think that there must have been an analogy to Roark-Keating in Ayn Rand's own life. "Keating the man is pretty annoying to Roark, but Keating's artistic problems are worth solving in their own right."That seems right on the mark to me."As a portrait of a driven artist, Roark is thoroughly convincing to me. As an example of a perfectly healthy human psyche? Not so much."Mmmm. I don't agree with this. Roark is my favorite Rand character.