Comments for James Russell Ament http://www.jamesrament.com Essays, Journals, Book Reviews, Commentary on Literature & Culture Thu, 27 Oct 2011 01:55:56 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Comment on Larry McMurtry changes focus by George http://www.jamesrament.com/larry-mcmurtry-changes-focus/#comment-7100 George Thu, 27 Oct 2011 01:55:56 +0000 http://www.jamesrament.com/?p=3599#comment-7100 McMurtry's memoir of this trade is out in paper... McMurtry’s memoir of this trade is out in paper…

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Comment on 6 Things Learned From Charles Bukowski by George http://www.jamesrament.com/6-things-learned-from-charles-bukowski/#comment-7099 George Thu, 27 Oct 2011 01:54:15 +0000 http://www.jamesrament.com/?p=3597#comment-7099 Some years ago I read a piece in the NY Times on Norah Jones and Courtney Love. As I remember it, the author complained of Jones that she could only sing, and praised Love chiefly on the grounds that she was a fascinating train wreck. Mr. Altucher seems to come from the same school of criticism. I don't think that being able to read exactly three poets is a recommendation. Some years ago I read a piece in the NY Times on Norah Jones and Courtney Love. As I remember it, the author complained of Jones that she could only sing, and praised Love chiefly on the grounds that she was a fascinating train wreck. Mr. Altucher seems to come from the same school of criticism. I don’t think that being able to read exactly three poets is a recommendation.

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Comment on Norman Mailer’s True Fiction by George http://www.jamesrament.com/norman-mailers-true-fiction/#comment-7098 George Thu, 27 Oct 2011 01:39:10 +0000 http://www.jamesrament.com/?p=3595#comment-7098 Marvin Mudrick modified Stravinsky "Wagner is the Puccini of music" to be "Hemingway is the Mailer of Literature". Marvin Mudrick modified Stravinsky “Wagner is the Puccini of music” to be “Hemingway is the Mailer of Literature”.

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Comment on Wine by Craig Mills http://www.jamesrament.com/wine/#comment-6746 Craig Mills Mon, 03 Oct 2011 08:21:23 +0000 http://www.jamesrament.com/?p=3397#comment-6746 Hi Jim I regularly read your blogs which I find interesting and informative. I find it a great way to get that 'snap-shoot' of a book seeing I probably don't have the time you have to read. So thanks. This one on wine was certainly close to my heart, as we have shared many a good bottle together. I also know to whom you refer to, which makes it even more special. Like you I look for the $8 bottle which will be worth $50 after 5 year cellaring. Let me know how you go. best regards Craig Hi Jim
I regularly read your blogs which I find interesting and informative. I find it a great way to get that ‘snap-shoot’ of a book seeing I probably don’t have the time you have to read. So thanks.
This one on wine was certainly close to my heart, as we have shared many a good bottle together. I also know to whom you refer to, which makes it even more special.

Like you I look for the $8 bottle which will be worth $50 after 5 year cellaring. Let me know how you go.

best regards
Craig

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Comment on Aphorisms by Ralph Waldo Emerson by George http://www.jamesrament.com/aphorisms-by-ralph-waldo-emerson/#comment-6732 George Sat, 01 Oct 2011 00:01:14 +0000 http://www.jamesrament.com/?p=3580#comment-6732 Rather than retype it: http://dc20011.blogspot.com/2011/09/emerson-since-you-asked.html Rather than retype it: http://dc20011.blogspot.com/2011/09/emerson-since-you-asked.html

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Comment on Literary Fiction: An Autopsy by James Ament http://www.jamesrament.com/literary-fiction-an-autopsy/#comment-6429 James Ament Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:34:36 +0000 http://www.jamesrament.com/?p=3427#comment-6429 Over a year ago, when I finished my manuscript, then attended a day-long workshop on publishing, I realized that I knew nothing about the publishing world. I've learned a lot in the last year, but I also learned that the book I wrote is difficult to categorize, which publishers want to do so they know where to put the book on the bookshelf. It's all about book sales—better to write a book that's genre specific. Okay, I'll do that with my next book. I heard one description of literary fiction that goes something like this: If it doesn't easily fall into any specific category and you've been anointed by the recognized literary critics, e.g. at the NYT, then it can be called literary fiction. I meet the first part, but do not expect the second part. Nonetheless, I do think I wrote a good story. A great topic for academics to ponder and write about—it keeps them off the streets. Over a year ago, when I finished my manuscript, then attended a day-long workshop on publishing, I realized that I knew nothing about the publishing world. I’ve learned a lot in the last year, but I also learned that the book I wrote is difficult to categorize, which publishers want to do so they know where to put the book on the bookshelf. It’s all about book sales—better to write a book that’s genre specific. Okay, I’ll do that with my next book.

I heard one description of literary fiction that goes something like this: If it doesn’t easily fall into any specific category and you’ve been anointed by the recognized literary critics, e.g. at the NYT, then it can be called literary fiction.

I meet the first part, but do not expect the second part. Nonetheless, I do think I wrote a good story.

A great topic for academics to ponder and write about—it keeps them off the streets.

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Comment on Literary Fiction: An Autopsy by George http://www.jamesrament.com/literary-fiction-an-autopsy/#comment-6426 George Thu, 15 Sep 2011 12:37:53 +0000 http://www.jamesrament.com/?p=3427#comment-6426 I've heard that song before, at least the "bunk" part. One evening in the 1970s I saw Leslie Fiedler on "Firing Line", where he spent most of the time he was given repeating and refining his position that the distinction between high art and popular art was bogus. (Or maybe the word was "serious", not "high".) The panel that got to ask questions at the end consisted of three professors of English literature. What I remember as the first question was, "Well, then Dr. Fiedler, how <i>do</i> distinguish high art and popular art?" I’ve heard that song before, at least the “bunk” part.

One evening in the 1970s I saw Leslie Fiedler on “Firing Line”, where he spent most of the time he was given repeating and refining his position that the distinction between high art and popular art was bogus. (Or maybe the word was “serious”, not “high”.) The panel that got to ask questions at the end consisted of three professors of English literature. What I remember as the first question was, “Well, then Dr. Fiedler, how do distinguish high art and popular art?”

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Comment on My Novel—Coming Soon! by John R Morrison http://www.jamesrament.com/my-novel%e2%80%94coming-soon/#comment-6159 John R Morrison Thu, 01 Sep 2011 19:11:28 +0000 http://www.jamesrament.com/?p=2865#comment-6159 Way to go Jim!!! I'm excited to buy it and read it. John Way to go Jim!!! I’m excited to buy it and read it.

John

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Comment on ‘Nine Classic Essays on Education’ by George http://www.jamesrament.com/nine-classic-essays-on-education/#comment-5905 George Tue, 16 Aug 2011 01:46:57 +0000 http://www.jamesrament.com/?p=3295#comment-5905 I think that Mencken was a trifle unfair here. "As every schoolboy knows", sorting is in the most favorable case O(n log n), which for about 1600 entries means something over 16 thousand comparisons. Assume an average of even a hair over a second per comparison, and that means five hours to sort the cards into the order of priority. With the best will in the word, I don't think I could manage more than an hour of riffling through such cards. I suspect that the professors did a pretty distracted job. I think that Mencken was a trifle unfair here. “As every schoolboy knows”, sorting is in the most favorable case O(n log n), which for about 1600 entries means something over 16 thousand comparisons. Assume an average of even a hair over a second per comparison, and that means five hours to sort the cards into the order of priority. With the best will in the word, I don’t think I could manage more than an hour of riffling through such cards. I suspect that the professors did a pretty distracted job.

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Comment on 10 Myths About Social Networking For Business by James Ament http://www.jamesrament.com/10-myths-about-social-networking-for-business/#comment-5885 James Ament Sun, 14 Aug 2011 23:06:20 +0000 http://www.jamesrament.com/?p=3264#comment-5885 Any real problems that I've had with WordPress to date, was due to the fact that I didn't know what I was doing. For the most part, I'm pleased with it. Any real problems that I’ve had with WordPress to date, was due to the fact that I didn’t know what I was doing. For the most part, I’m pleased with it.

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