Via Jon Hotten I find this flesh-crawlingly weird Huffpo article by one Steve Mariotti, about his encounters with his intellectual idol Ayn Rand.
After the first meeting:
This incident cut me deeply. I was so scarred by the rejection that I couldn't even tell anyone about it for 15 years.
And after the third:
It was like someone had taken a hot knife to my stomach...This final communication hurt so much that I have never talked about it until now.
You really have to read the whole thing to believe it.