The author appears to be John Rogers at Kung Fu Monkey
At least, when he subsequently commented on it in American Prospect, he didn't attribute it to anyone else (scroll down to see Rogers's comment).
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Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 3:17 AM
Subject: [mythsoc] A quotation going around the Internet
The following quotation is going around the Internet. I don't know who originally wrote it:
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.
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