Author Archives: James R Ament

Crime Fiction’s Leading Ladies

Ten of crime fiction’s leading ladies, from Mulholland Books. In the article, Jen Forbus writes, I’m looking for real women. Women who have strong character, are intelligent, can exercise independence but also appreciate the value of relationships. These women have … Continue reading

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Clichés and Redundancies

200 Words and Expressions That Tick You Off and 200 Common Redundancies. Note to self: write a story where one character thinks and talks this way. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2011 James Ament Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share … Continue reading

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The Possible Cult of C. S. Lewis

This article in the New York Times starts with a question: “Who, since the time of Jesus and his apostles, has brought more people to Christianity than anybody else?” It never quite suggests that C.S. Lewis is the correct answer, but … Continue reading

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My Novel—an Update

A brief recap: I started my book in 2004, while I was still working, but got bogged down by the lack of a plot and work. I set it aside until after retirement and thought about what the story should … Continue reading

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Book Review—Ask the Dust, by John Fante

On John Fante’s official website, it says, Born in Denver, Colorado, Fante’s early years were spent in relative poverty. The son of an Italian father, Nicola Fante, and an Italian-American mother, Mary Capolungo, Fante was educated in various Catholic schools … Continue reading

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Literary Anti-heroes (aka losers)

A list of literary losers to check out, by Mark Sarvas: Long before Amazon.com reviewers tyrannically demanded sympathetic and likable protagonists, literature was reliably populated by leading men of a less bland stripe. It’s hard for me to understand why … Continue reading

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Campus liberals sacrificed free expression on the altar of political correctness

Article from Utne Reader—lacking courage, we now speak twaddle to power and intimidators. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2011 James Ament Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tweet about it Subscribe to … Continue reading

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Book Review—Last Night in Twisted River, by John Irving

I’ve had trouble over the years reading anything by John Irving. Admittedly, I didn’t even try to tackle The World According To Garp, perhaps his most famous, and I simply couldn’t get past the first fifty pages of The Hotel … Continue reading

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Atlas Shrugged in Haight-Ashbury: A Memoir

In an intriguing piece, Molly Sechrest explains her transition from late 60s-early 70s New Left hippy—a feeling-based subjective life of “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll” to be sure—to a Randian. I’ve known a couple people that have said Atlas Shrugged … Continue reading

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Ayn Rand & her Opposites

A reader of economist Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution asked for suggestions on left-wing novels in contrast to Rand’s Atlas Shrugged as the proclaimed “ultimate right-wing novel.” The criteria for selection: “justify the welfare state and argue the limitations of … Continue reading

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