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Ex Libris

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant  www.drjeffreylant.com

Author’s Program Note.

First there was the thunderclap, sharp, unyielding sound overawing all, pulling me anxious from my bed; to be swiftly followed by a cascade of erratic sound, my sundered rest punctured by noises that made the end of the world seem puny and insignificant by comparison. I was alone and soon to be unhappy, bereft, no comfort, my world altered forever.

This is the story of what happened just the other day. I know that sympathetic folk worldwide will join me in my lamentation… for this is a tale any one of us could have penned and which all of us might easily share and could as easily experience.

I call it Ex Libris, and it is a sad tale.

“84 Charing Cross Road”

If you’re a Bibliophile like I am, I don’t have to introduce you to this cinema classic released in 1987. It features an adamant, opinionated, chain-smoking, wise-cracking, irreverent New York writer (is there any other kind?) expertly played by Anne Bancroft (1931-2005), a lady in love with books, the more obscure and esoteric the better. Her correspondent is a soft-spoken London-based expert in finding out-of-print English books. (perfectly rendered by Sir Anthony Hopkins b. 1937).

He has at first no clue quite how to handle this rather alarming customer; then discovers that she is what all writers and lovers of  language require, a Kindred Spirit, puckish, golden hearted, honest to a fault, friend, jousting companion, lover of words, lover of those who shape these words, dram at the ready but never to excess; willing to let the rest of us into their enthralling lives, changing us forever, even the ones who bathe infrequently and are too vocal about their ill-considered (and frequently
changed) politics.

I had absolutely no trouble adhering to the rites and precise rituals of their arcane mysteries, not just in London either, but New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Oxford, Chicago. Chicago?

Purists may wrinkle their fastidious noses but, yes, Chicago where I sprawled for hours (age 12 or so, thank you very much) in the magic caverns tottering in unimaginably lofty formations on Clark Street. Yes, Chicago, “my kind of town, Chicago is” where I often heard my mother warn me that I could have all the books I could carry but not one more. Then hear my practised wheedling for more and still more, for my mother believed in the curative powers of disintegrating fine tooled leathers and the cats which could lead you if they would to wondrous editions not yet found by my tardy and less persistent competitors. Yes, Chicago, too, by all means, and proudly.

Where have these discriminating tabbies and their erudite successors gone? I feel guilty and ashamed that I don’t know, such is the undeniable pull of these establishments and their silky inhabitants down my ages. Forgive me!

“The Look”.

I know now what I could hardly even imagine then; that I was either born with or early acquired the unquestioned demeanor and certain stance and undoubted swagger of a Bibliophile. That is to say, I was a lad for whom doors were open wherever I went, wherever books in all their aspects and appurtenances were favored, as they were widely and worldwide.

Unfavored school mates and taunting cousins (self designated sans peur et sans reproche, especially if a grid iron and locker room were involved) might deride, but they would do so at their considerable risk and undoing. Bibliophiles, remember, have the benefits of deep memory and the certainty that revenge is a dish best tasted cold.

In those long-ago days I brought home a steady stream of prizes with resounding names, grandiose certificates, the letters patent of our realm, and even Yankee cash on the barrel head. Such unanticipated (to them), irritating developments, which caused my more brawny, athletic peers to rethink their positions, and (no matter how reluctantly) to treat me with the reverence and veneration I so richly deserved. Parents of such sad scoffers might be heard, and in public, too, intoning this righteous sentiment: “Why can’t you be a scholar like Jeffrey?,” words which no doubt enlivened and encouraged the sorry lot. Their roles in life have no doubt been the better for it.

Every click a diminishment, a certain loss, a looming tragedy.

I live in the middle of the greatest constellation of words in the Great Republic, Fair Harvard and dozens of institutions of higher and other learning, over 70 such institutions just minutes away, the whole one of the greatest achievements of our species and a light to people everywhere who appreciate and advocate humane values and a world of peace, serenity, fairness, and equality, the hallmarks of this special place and its abiding message to the ages.

Generations from now historians and other researchers into our past will call this the Golden Age, the final days of what we have worked so diligently for a thousand years to create, foster, and maintain, including language and the books which enshrine it forever.

The proven vandals, the assured barbarians are not just at the gate, they are placed within our glorious precincts by our very children, placed here by committed parental thrift and scrimping; each more adept than the one before in their proven ways to eradicate what we have so loved, supported and honored; imposing standards which are no standards at all.
Come to Cambridge, to Harvard. The future is breaking here like a brand new, unwelcome dawn. As if by wizard’s wand, institutions once boasting that they were citadels of progress and the liberal arts now are teetering on the knife edge of extinction; buildings gone, faculties dismissed, the very idea of liberal arts and progress derided and dismissed; the potent weapons click by click on the agile fingertips of the young and careless, are dooming not just multitudes, useless cargo on Spaceship Earth, but our very species. Truly Father forgive them for they know not…

I’m forced to join the revolution

I have for the last many years, harbored a guilty secret. I cannot bear to send my books to other homes and foreign shores. I hide them in places where even I forget, but better work of literature misplaced by sympathetic hands than gone forever, a sacrifice to the savages and their wanton ways.

The books that fell were a small part of the thousands of books which have found sanctuary here and over the course of my entire life. They were stacked and crammed and buried and pushed and shoe-horned into a space sustained by the thickest of woods, mahoganey. Now and again I would look at them and sigh, for like “Sophie’s Choice” (1979) by William Styron, I knew I would have to make a decision, and that the decision would be unwelcome, whatever I decided to do.

And so, God stepped in, impatient with my inability to decide, and said, as sure as he’d send a telegram, “Clear the shelves of these books!” And He did.

Thus, my precious books, though only a few hundred of the total inventory, were marked for extinction, coming in the shape of the Goodwill truck from Somerville. They have pestered me often for them, and now, at last, they shall have their way. Of course I feel terribly, which is silly, isn’t it? Because as my assistant, Kris McNamara said as he helped me pick up the fruit of generations, “Everything you want is on the internet anyway, what’s the big deal?” But then, he is only 33, and can scarcely remember anything the outrage that I have lived with for so long. And so we in our turn shall be forgotten, too.

The Goodwill truck will come, life will go on, though admittedly altered and lessened. As for me, I have hidden as many of them as I can, in places no one would ever look. You see, I shall not go down without a fight, all flags flying, every page intact, every word. For even if I become known as the last man of suitable standards and goals, I shall accept that title, that honor, with gladness and pride, the stearnest demeanor… for even then there will be hope.

Envoi

Whether you have seen “84 Charing Cross Road” before (lucky), or, whether this is your first time seeing this magnificient film (lucky), this distinctly moving film, I advise you to go to any search engine and watch it. In the meantime, here is the film score to whet your appetite:

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In some ways, technology is a blessing.

About the author

Dr. Jeffrey Lant, Harvard educated, started writing for publication at age 5. Since then, he has published over 1,000 articles and 57 books, and counting. For information about his oeuvre, go to:

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Excerpts from “In My Own Voice. Reading from My Collected Works” Vol. 1

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“In My Own Voice.  Reading from My Collected Works.” below and read from the introduction of this fabulous new series.

Excerpts from  Vol. 1 Introduction

Each of us, in our individual lives, has a moment or two of epiphany. That is to say, a moment of surpassing importance and significance. Mine took place along the hot and sticky asphalt streets of summertime Downers Grove, Illinois.

 

You could follow my progress by the skid marks in the asphalt. Chances are, I was on my way to the library. There was a perfectly logical reason for this speed into the metropolis, and that was the fact that it was one of the few buildings in the community that was air conditioned. Therefore, it needs no explanation from me. Everyone in the state of Illinois knows the peril of that temperature, and the need to escape it.

 

My mother had begun taking me to the library very early in my life. I was such a regular participant in the programs and readings the librarians delivered, that I had my own chair with my own name, rather like a Hollywood producer, “Ladd”.

 

I was voracious about stories, could never get enough of them, and was always grateful to be advised on their presentation and explanation. In this way, the librarians came to present me with readings from the great poets… people like Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg.

 

I can well remember being told by the ladies one day that they had a present for me… and so they stationed me in a rather dark, gray room, everything cool to the touch, and turned on their latest acquisition.

 

I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I shan’t be gone long. — You come too.

I’m going out to fetch the little calf
That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young,
It totters when she licks it with her tongue.
I shan’t be gone long. — You come too.

 

“The Pasture”, Robert Frost (1915)

 

I played this poem so often, each time hearing a little more of its author, the often irritated and irascible Robert Frost. I like the way he rolled those three little words: “you come too.” Only he didn’t pronounce it like that. Great poets have great eccentricities, and his were encapsuled in his rendering of these three words. Thus “ah you come too”. It was a call to come and be sociable, come and share, come and see your neighborhood and everything in it.

 

So powerful and so unfading were these words that when Robert Frost’s Cambridge home came on the market, I almost bought it, just so that I could sit in the parlor and read my envious friends from the poet’s ghost that resided there with all its poems, just for me.

 

Now, I have the opportunity to read my own works… to you, and hope that you will hear just how personal they are, and how each one, so powerfully written, touches your heart, because that is what I aim for.

 

This book contains five of my favorite essays… the one that I wrote when I turned 65; the one bringing you inside a great nor’easter; the one detailing the foolish hijinx of Captain Owen Honors, United States Navy; the one detailing the turbulent life of Amy Winehouse, a warning if there ever was one; and finally, one about the Andrews Sisters… three girls who kept America jumping throughout its greatest war, and reminded us what we were fighting for.

 

I have a special word for all you young people reading these essays. You have so many media choices that you may well overlook the importance and value of hearing authors read from their own works. This is something you need to do… you need to hear what they write, in their own way, and you need to recite what they write in your own way. If you cannot do this, you will miss so much of the pleasure of both author and reader.

 

And this special note to you library ladies: you did me such a life-changing favor so many years ago. Now, I want you to take what I have written, what I have recited here, and pass on the importance of the writers voice for the next generation, and the next after that.

 

And now without further ado, the first chapter of this book. Read the text along with the video, then read it again, until you are as expert in my quirks and foibles as I am myself.

 

Dr. Jeffrey Lant

From The Red Drawing Room

Cambridge, Massachusetts

August 2016

About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Lant is known worldwide. He started in the media business when he was 5 years old, a Kindergartner in Downers Grove, Illinois, publishing his first newspaper article. Since then Dr. Lant has earned four university degrees, including the PhD from Harvard. He has taught at over 40 colleges and universities and is quite possibly the first to offer satellite courses. He has written over 50 books, thousands of articles and been a welcome guest on hundreds of radio and television programs. He has founded several successful corporations and businesses including his latest at …writerssecrets.com

His memoirs “A Connoisseur’s Journey” has garnered nine literary prizes that ensure its classic status. Its subtitle is “Being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck, and joy.” A good read by this man of so many letters. Such a man can offer you thousands of insights into the business of becoming a successful writer. Be sure to sign up now at www.writerssecrets.co

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[Video] Excerpts from “In My Own Voice. Reading from My Collected Works.” Vol. 2

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Just for you an introduction into Vol. 2 of the new “In My Own Voice” Series by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

 

Excerpts from the Introduction of

“In My Own Voice. Reading from My Collected Works” Vol. 2

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

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“In this book, I take you to a place where every writer ought to go, but so few even know it exists. I am talking about reading aloud what you’ve written. The whole point of writing is to motivate a fellow human being, to seize their mind, their brain, their entire being, and suffuse it with your thoughts, your point of view, your unique take on the human condition, all its manifestations, and the improvements you offer.

I am a fanatic about that human voice… at ensuring that it be heard, and that it do its unique work transforming a situation from A to B, and on to C.

I have become, if not famous for, then certainly a fanatic in the matter of grabbing the mind, holding that mind, changing that mind. That is to say, being tenacious in the struggle every writer must not only engage in, but win. For make no mistake about it, a writer’s life is about struggle, pain, and the triumph of truth.

In this book, I help you deliver yourself because it is only through your skills and attributes that you can win this significant, indeed pivotal game.

What’s so important about hearing prose anyway? Won’t just reading it do?

To ask the question is to realize how silly, indeed detrimental it is. What is the reason why you write in the first place? Is it merely to pass a few hours in harmless endeavors? If you believe this, than you will never be a writer, much less a force for human improvement. So let’s be clear with each other: this book is for the fighters, the dreamers, the visionaries, the people who have a better idea, and will do whatever is necessary to implement it, and achieve the broadest possible change and recognition.

As I write this book, I feel my blood pressure rising. I think of all the would-be writers I have known. I think of the lies they tell, and oh, yes, their assertion that they are still writers indeed, when their quota of writing is small or nonexistent, and they do not go forth to fight for a better world, because such fighting makes for dirty hands… and we all wish to stay clean, don’t we? Even at the cost of truth and our God-given integrity.

So, I write this, not for the lazy and slothful, not for those who will not try hard enough, not for those whose truth is disposable, and whose integrity doesn’t exist at all.

I believe I hear a stampede to the exits about now… for you say, “That Lant character, he’s too much!” And I say back to you, you non writers, non readers, “You are too little!”

I have selected for my further remarks about the necessity of not just how to read your poetry but your prose aloud, five articles of my extensive composition, articles which I may have been the only person alive to read aloud, as if before the discerning auditors of the ancient coliseum, when a writer would step forward and assail the audience with the best language on Earth, the written language, brought to life by its creators and its affectionate followers.

When you write, you must be in that amphitheater before those hopeful and critical crowds. You must take every skill you possess so that the auditors of your privileged audience may be touched by the fire that you bring. Now, as you ready yourself to bring the words to life, you transcend beyond mere writer, beyond a slinger of words and phrases, and you become the Messenger of God, touched by nobility and the hand of possibility.

Why did the creator give us a brain, and the capacity for touching souls, and transforming situations of no merit whatsoever into our new, better realities?

Why indeed.

I’m going to, now, make sundry remarks on the five stories I have chosen for this all important point… the best prose, the best poetry, is read aloud and necessarily involves you, the reader, the performer, the enlightener. Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage”. What he meant by that was that each of us, particularly those who christen themselves writers, have within us the power to transform, to change, not just in picayune ways, but radical, and that this ability does not just exist here, but everywhere you bring it, in whatever format you use.

We have, through our discerning brain, the power… but do we have the will?

One of the saddest things one can see is a poet or writer who burns within… who sees the great fires down the great vistas, and knows he can make the world a better place through his constant application, but does not do so, for terror, fright, horror, anxiety, and alarm… these take precedence among the cowardly, and it is these cowardly you must eschew, for they bring us nothing but defeat, ignominious, spineless, disgraceful.

I dedicate these next lines to you, fair-weather writer. You say your vision is pure, but who would know, since you scarcely share it with us, and then, in a shuffle-footed way. Writers, if you have something to say, for God’s sake, say it!

Do not rely on a single word of approbation, encouragement, or enthusiasm. This is not what you live for, if you are more than a fair-weather scribbler. You dream for change! You dream for transformation, or transcendence, for the better thing that your choice language may open up to the rest of us! Your language and how you deliver it is the engine of the change you say you want. Remember, you work for God.

And so it pains me when I see particularly young writers, the ones who should be fueled by sacred fire, when I see them throwing in the sponge in such early days because they want the compliment, and not the victory. As I said, I have chosen just five articles out of my vast array, and I intend to give you some worthy instruction about what I’ve written, what you’ve read, what it all means, and how you can benefit.

Let us start with a story of fortitude…”

About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Lant is known worldwide. He started in the media business when he was 5 years old, a Kindergartner in Downers Grove, Illinois, publishing his first newspaper article. Since then Dr. Lant has earned four university degrees, including the PhD from Harvard. He has taught at over 40 colleges and universities and is quite possibly the first to offer satellite courses. He has written over 50 books, thousands of articles and been a welcome guest on hundreds of radio and television programs. He has founded several successful corporations and businesses including his latest at …writerssecrets.com

His memoirs “A Connoisseur’s Journey” has garnered nine literary prizes that ensure its classic status. Its subtitle is “Being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck, and joy.” A good read by this man of so many letters. Such a man can offer you thousands of insights into the business of becoming a successful writer. Be sure to sign up now at www.writerssecrets.co

More can be found on Dr. Lant on his author page at: http://www.amazon.com/author/jeffreylant/

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Liam and Theo, Companions in Life, Companions Forever.

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Excerpts from “No one was saved.” Memorial Day, 2016.

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Liam and Theo, companions in life, companions forever.

This  is a story of colleagues… and friendship.

It is a story of love and of a bond that transcends death itself.

It is a story which, such being the way of good stories, takes you, by the
powerful chords of memory, from this story…. to your story, for you, I know,
have such a story, too, though  it may not have tugged at your heart for a long
while.

This is the story, then, of Liam and Theo, and you’ll be glad to know it.

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was a dog handler with the British Royal Army
Veterinary Corps.

Theo was his dog.

They were well known in Afghanistan, together day and night.  People in
Afghanistan, who have so little to smile about, could not help but smile
when Theo, irrepressible, running ahead, playing hide and seek was around.
Theo made them happy, in the ways that dogs have long since perfected.
They liked him… after all he was risking his life every day for them… and they
appreciated that.

The people appreciated Liam Tasker, too. Just 26, a Scotsman, and proud
of it, from Kirkcaldy, Fife, Liam was someone who didn’t have to go to
Afghanistan. However, he had two loves… soldiering and dogs. In the army he
got both; if Afghanistan was the destination, so be it.

Their partnership.

Liam and Theo had one of the most dangerous jobs of all… searching for
explosives, the instruments of disfigurement and death with which Afghanistan
is littered, and from which the people will suffer for years to come, so numerous
are they and so lethal.

It was Liam and Theo’s job to find these explosives and render them, instruments
of sudden death and mayhem, harmless. It was serious, demanding work, and they
did it well. Theo, in fact, was something of a star; he had already drawn praise from
Ministry of Defense officials for detecting 14 hidden bombs and weapons caches in
just five months on his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. Theo’s success meant this
22-month-old Springer spaniel got the privilege of staying in dangerous Afghanistan
another month.

But the bond between Theo and Liam went far beyond their professional
association. As was obvious to all, they liked each other.  It’s the kind of thing
even the least perceptive can see. They were buddies… pals… always the best
of friends. And, being young, with energy to spare, they were not above mischief
and hijinks, showing off for each other, egging the other on. Thus, they passed
their time in perilous Afghanistan, saving lives, enjoying each other’s company.

March 1, 2011

This began as a day like all days in the dangerous war zone that passes for
brutalized Afghanistan… but in short order it became a day like no other , for
both Liam and Theo.

L/Cpl Tasker suffered fatal injuries in a fight with the Taliban in Helmand Province
while he and Theo were searching for explosives.

Immediately, Theo knew something was very, very wrong. Liam was lying in
the dust of Afghanistan, dead… Theo, hysterical, was taken back to Camp
Bastion, the main British military base. There he could not be comforted.

Just three hours later, Theo, confused, agitated, alone, his friend Liam gone,
died of a fatal seizure brought on by stress.

Now it was Liam who had gone before, while Theo rushed to catch up, death
together infinitely preferable to life alone.

This story touched the heart of a great nation, for the British are a by word for
loving animals of every kind. They each had their special thought that day…
for Liam and Theo, of course, but also for the pet they had loved, who had most
certainly loved them, too.

Liam and Theo come home…

On March 10, 2011, hundreds of mourners lined the main street through the Wiltshire
town of Wootton Bassett. Liam and Theo were coming home, and everyday people
had come, with their dogs and other pets, to say good-bye.

A dozen police and Prison Service dogs made their official appearance, too. The
crowd was silent… but the barking of dogs could be heard in the background as
a solemn bell rang out to mark the arrival of the cortege; perhaps they knew and
understood what was happening…

Liam Tasker’s family was there, too, and they, in their profound grief, took solace
from the fact that now, forever, Liam and Theo would be together; such was the
loyalty of dog to man… and of that man to his dog. L/Cpl Tasker’s father Ian told
ITV news: “my honest opinion on this is, when Liam went down, that Theo didn’t
have the comfort from Liam to calm him down.”

Liam’s mother, Jane Duffy, simply said, “I would like to believe Theo died of a
broken heart to be with Liam.” I believe it, too.

358 members of the British Armed Forces have now died in Afghanistan.
6 British military dogs have also died since 2001.

Today in Afghanistan the unending war goes on. Valiant men and women and
dogs in the Dog Training Group will do their jobs and do them well. Some of
these will die. Let us hope they find in each other the support and bond now
eternally epitomized by Liam Tasker and his dog Theo. Now together, they
will remain together for all the cycles to come, glad of each other and young.

May they rest in peace.

Musical note

I have selected for this musical note the music from the 2005 movie “Lassie” by
composer Adrian Johnston. It is at once poignant and elegiac, perfect for this
unlikely love affair, so touching, and so profound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNex-b6Q1lQ

About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Lant is known worldwide. He started in the media business when he was 5 years old, a Kindergartner in Downers Grove, Illinois, publishing his first newspaper article. Since then Dr. Lant has earned four university degrees, including the PhD from Harvard. He has taught at over 40 colleges and universities and is quite possibly the first to offer satellite courses. He has written over 50 books, thousands of articles and been a welcome guest on hundreds of radio and television programs. He has founded several successful corporations and businesses including his latest at …writerssecrets.com

His memoirs “A Connoisseur’s Journey” has garnered nine literary prizes that ensure its classic status. Its subtitle is “Being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck, and joy.” A good read by this man of so many letters. Such a man can offer you thousands of insights into the business of becoming a successful writer. Be sure to sign up now at www.writerssecrets.co

More can be found on Dr. Lant on his author page at: http://www.amazon.com/author/jeffreylant/

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Excerpts from Writers Secrets Vol. 3 – Writing About “Ordinary” People

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facebook pic write about ordinary peopleExcerpts from Writers Secrets Vol. 3  – Writing About “Ordinary” People

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

Taken from the Introduction

In this chapter, my goal is to show you how to write about
so-called “ordinary people”… but I’ll tell you a secret… I hate
that word “ordinary”. Anyone who is worth writing about is, by
definition, extraordinary. Not prosaic, dull, or boring.

Your job is to take the life of one of these so-called “ordinary”
people, and make it rhumba. At the end of the day when you
write an article about an “ordinary” person, you’ve got a piece
of work that will sing, and make people worldwide sit up, pay
attention, and be grateful that you took the time to write the
splendid article you did.

Now in this chapter, I’m going to talk about vignettes… That is
to say a brief evocative description, account, or episode. It is
an event which may seem small and insignificant; however it is
anything but. Vignettes are an aperture into a story. Telltale
vignettes give you just the opening you need to create a story
that looked improbable at its inception, but which is now totally
captivating and important. Let me show you what I mean.

This chapter focuses on five of these so-called “ordinary
people”, and how I review the information about them to turn
what might have been bland and insignificant, into something
that soars.

The five people in question are Adam B. Wheeler, Holly
Hickler, Marty Burke, Dr. Harry Coover, and Milton Levine.
These are people you may pass on the street and entirely
overlook. Your job is to make them immortal… a thing of
writing beauty, a joy forever.

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About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Lant is known worldwide. He started in the media business when he was 5 years old, a Kindergartner in Downers Grove, Illinois, publishing his first newspaper article. Since then Dr. Lant has earned four university degrees, including the PhD from Harvard. He has taught at over 40 colleges and universities and is quite possibly the first to offer satellite courses. He has written over 50 books, thousands of articles and been a welcome guest on hundreds of radio and television programs. He has founded several successful corporations and businesses including his latest at …writerssecrets.com

His memoirs “A Connoisseur’s Journey” has garnered nine literary prizes that ensure its classic status. Its subtitle is “Being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck, and joy.” A good read by this man of so many letters. Such a man can offer you thousands of insights into the business of becoming a successful writer. Be sure to sign up now at www.writerssecrets.co

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“Writing About Famous People You Don’t Know”

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

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This series has has been developing for a very long time, for over fifty years in fact.

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Writer’s Secrets Vol. 2 – Writing About Famous People You Don’t Know

INTRODUCTION
Lucky you! You have arrived at the rest of your life. What you
learn in this chapter you can use and profit from every single
day you remain alert and willing to learn. In short, we here
today begin your great adventure.

Barbra Streisand has a signature tune that goes like this…
“People who need people are the luckiest people in the
world” (from the film “Funny Girl”, 1968). And this applies
especially to writers, for everything we write will be almost
entirely, if not exclusively, about people.

In this chapter, I’m going to give you the essence of what it
takes for you to rise high and triumph as a writer. Let us begin
at the beginning, as a writer about people and their multifarious
activities.

To begin this chapter, I suggest that you read the five portrait
articles I have written and included in this book… about Abigail
van Buren, Arthur Godfrey, Jacques Brel, Elizabeth Taylor, and
Pete Seeger. If you do, my comments will be more
understandable and useful to you. I have written hundreds of
profiles, ranging from the completely unknown subjects, to the
household names. Indeed, I am one of the major profile writers
of my generation. I want to pass on my mantle to you. It is worth
having.

To begin at the beginning.

As I have said to you before, the actual physical act of writing
should be the last thing you do to succeed as a writer. Good,
solid preparation skills are required. Start by reading each day,
a standard metropolitan newspaper. In it, you will discover
thousands of names and stories. Some are obscure, some of
transitory interest, others of cosmic significance.

Your job is to be totally at ease with humanity, to the extent that
you are bold, and even audacious. Your job is to understand
completely all aspects of humanity in all of its manifestations…
good, bad, but never indifferent.

Make it a point, each day, and I do mean every day, to read
through every kind of story and determine which ones would be
of the greatest interest to the greatest number of people, and
which can benefit from your peculiar “eye”.

You may ask, ‘What is an eye?’ Simply this: it is the inner
compass that enables you to immediately determine the value,
standing, and significance of any particular person or subject.
In short, what is worth writing about, who is worth writing about,
and what or who deserves to be dismissed, without further ado.

In any given day, by following this methodology, you will find
one to ten new subjects you can write about. I have a scientific
way about dealing with these potential leads. I take a pair of
scissors and a big box. I put my newspaper page over the box,
and cut out the articles which promise to become, in my
practiced manner, my next articles, hence, my next successes.

My aim at this point is clear and simple: which people and
subjects are of the greatest importance and value, interest, and
excitement. In other words, how can I influence the greatest
number of people, get the greatest possible response, and let
us not forget, the most money. For one way or another, there
must always be that.

Your job is to keep looking for subjects every day of your life,
until your box, no matter what its size, is overflowing with
possibilities. And when I say overflowing, I mean precisely
that. I have drawers in my office filled with ancient clippings for
articles which are still (mostly) relevant to write.

Next, review your clippings and prioritize the subjects you want
to write about. I advise you to write about subjects which have
a long shelf life. For example, presidents of the United States
and other high political figures of nations worldwide, movie stars
with proven careers, or ones that look likely to succeed.

Write too, about legislators of note, and scientists who are
engaged in momentous tasks.

Write too, about sports figures, particularly those who look like
a good long term investment. Think also of authors, and your
fellow writers. Think of people who are on the cutting edge of
any aspect of human affairs. Who is looking out for aliens in
outer space? And who is rushing ahead with a microscope and
a microbe, destined to change the world?

Keep in mind, that any individual person, given the precise set of
circumstances, is worthy of your pen. Remember, writers do not
merely report, we are visionaries. We see beyond the present
realities, and hoist our colors to any significant mast. We do not
merely report the news, that is for lesser souls, we explain the
news and the people who make it.

Now let us look at aspects of the five articles I have provided in
this volume on –

Abigail van Buren, Arthur Godfrey, Jacques Brel and Pete Seeger

 

About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Lant is known worldwide. He started in the media business when he was 5 years old, a Kindergartner in Downers Grove, Illinois, publishing his first newspaper article. Since then Dr. Lant has earned four university degrees, including the PhD from Harvard. He has taught at over 40 colleges and universities and is quite possibly the first to offer satellite courses. He has written over 40 books, thousands of articles and been a welcome guest on hundreds of radio and television programs. He has founded several successful corporations and businesses including his latest at …writerssecrets.com

His memoirs “A Connoisseur’s Journey” has garnered nine literary prizes that ensure its classic status. Its subtitle is “Being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck, and joy.” A good read by this man of so many letters. Such a man can offer you thousands of insights into the business of becoming a successful writer. Be sure to sign up now at www.writerssecrets.co

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by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

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"What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died...?" My Harvard. 
 A Love Story.

Perhaps the only shred of interest for my sister Shelby when she came to
Harvard to visit me at the time I received my first Harvard degree (1970),
was evinced when she looked at Harvard Yard and burbled some gleeful
comments of the “Look, here’s where ‘Love Story’ was filmed!” variety.

She being a younger sister, has always had a million ways to irritate me, but
that was a surefire zinger, to come to Harvard, and remember only Erich
Segal’s “Love Story” (1970), particularly the two protagonists sporting
in the snow.

Yes, instead of imagining generations of intellectual endeavor and achievement,
instead of commenting on the venerable buildings, so right for the august
institution, instead of taking a scholar’s interest in the Latin inscriptions on the
walls, mischievous and groaning puns, she commented on the lightest bit of
trivia of all, the filming of “Love Story” in the Yard.

The unbridled excitement she demonstrated was precisely what irked Segal’s
colleagues in the Classics Department at Harvard. Classicists, especially
Harvard trained classicists, must be suitably obscure, recondite, far above
the rung of common man, difficult in their personal relations. And, above all,
must be teetering on the brink of genteel bankruptcy. O tempora o mores.

Segal of course, with the publication of “Love Story”, which he wrote over a
weekend, broke every rule. His book was turned out in a minute, unendurably
pedestrian, dealing not with imperial subjects and irregular Greek verbs, but
the one subject in which we all have an often confounding interest… love.

“How long does it last?
Can love be measured by the hours in a day?
I have no answers now but this much I can say
I know I’ll need her till the stars all burn away
And she’ll be there”

This was light indeed.

This tawdry jeu d’esprit caused Segal’s Harvard stock to crash, an
embarrassment to the department. But my sister’s reaction, which so irked
me, was precisely why Segal didn’t care, grinning as he did all the way to the
bank. Harvard had found him, educated him, nurtured him, employed him,
extolled him… and he made millions embarrassing his eminent colleagues.

Harvard has everything… if you know how to find it

Erich Segal had proven what every bright and intelligent student comes to
know, that Harvard has every single thing one needs to succeed in life. The
problem is, no one tells you it’s here. For that, you must either discover it
yourself, or have an exceedingly generous mentor to help you on your way.

Segal knew that just the name Harvard was the key to the success of “Love
Story”… Can you even imagine it, set at say, Michigan State University? Just
saying this mundane name indicates how far they are from the nirvana that
emanates here in Cambridge, and permeates the world of every intelligent
person everywhere. Harvard. It is not just a place, not just an institution, but a
formula for success for those who know where to look.

Professor Mason Hammond

In my case, it was Professor Mason Hammond, Pope Professor of the Latin
Language (1903-2003). Professor Hammond must have liked me; I certainly
admired him. However, being the consummate litterateur I have become, I was
dismayed by his relative lack of published information. Still, his metier was not
in writing books, but in developing souls. He would look, assess, and decide
just what any worthy student might need, and then go about helping him find
it, for our betterment.

For instance, in my studies of European history, I had determined that I
needed to understand the crucial history of Greece, the role of the Orthodox
Church, and the scattered remnants of so many incursions by so very many
different armies and nations.

I remarked to him one day of my intention to visit Greece in just a few weeks,
in part to see Mt. Athos, the Holy Mountain. He responded, “Why then, you’ll
need a ‘dago dazzler'”. I had never heard the term before.

It was a laissez passe which recommended the traveller to senior authorities
wherever his travels took him. I didn’t ask for it, I didn’t know it existed, Hammond
might well have passed on clueing me in, but Harvard has everything if one only
knows where they can get it. It was a crucial lesson I learned from Professor
Hammond, and have never forgotten.

Harvard is not just an institution, not just a pile of ancient stones, and ancient
knowledge, it is a place where already privileged people get more and more;
as much as they need, if they are only cooperative and receptive.

Not merely instruction

I went to Harvard not just because Harvard accepted me, but because
Harvard has an insider’s system of opening its vast worldwide resources, which
the people of the next generation can use to their best advantage. Harvard is
like a rich uncle who means to supports you throughout your life, if only you
have the good sense to welcome and befriend your benefactor.

Most people, even many Harvard people, go through life uninformed, uneducated,
and completely clueless on the benefits in front of them. In my case, that meant
creating a program for inviting eminent people from Harvard and those visiting the
area.

I was appointed a tutor at Dudley House. The master was well known nutritionist
Professor Jean Mayer (1920-1993). I explained to Professor Mayer, whose
assistant I thus became, my idea for a special lunch program. It would bring any
number of celebrated people to Harvard, and of course to him, and place them in
close proximity with the students, who would thereby get an extra educational
advantage. He, a snob of the deepest hue himself, immediately saw the advantages
of my delivering a steady stream of celebrities. “Here’s a few bucks,” he said, “let’s
see what you can do with it.”

And thus my nimble fingers sped rapidly over the keys of my much loved and travelled
Olivetti typewriter. When my father died, he had arranged to send me a mahogany
box he had built himself, which was filled with information about me he had been
collecting his entire life. In this box were my typed letters to him in which I listed the
people I had invited to a tea party, or a lunch party with typical student fare. One letter
in this sequence speaks for all…

I found a letter I had received from Alger Hiss (1904-1996), made infamous by
Richard Nixon’s red-baiting in the 1940’s. Hiss had been found guilty of perjury,
a charge stemming from allegations that he was spying on behalf of the U.S.S.R.,
and served three and a half years in prison. I thought the students of Harvard
should hear what he had to say for himself, so many years later. In his response,
Hiss informed me he couldn’t come to a luncheon just at that moment, but would I
please ask him again?

This was typical of me, of Mayer, and of Harvard in general. We did not want to
read about history in a book, we wanted to meet the people who made it, and hear
what they had to say. And so, I commenced with a will…

The Wicked Witch of the West

In this program, Margaret Hamilton (1902-1985), best known as the Wicked
Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz”, came, snuggled against me, and
gave me a kiss which promised much, and was no mere formality. Henry Cabot
Lodge Jr. (1902-1985), ambassador to everywhere, came and proved the adage
against him “I never met a man I liked.”

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Anne Sexton (1928-1974) came, and a rumor was
launched that I was having an affair with her. Her daughter believed it. She hinted
as much in her biography of her mother, brought to my attention by my mother.
But my role was not carnal, but care giver. Julia Child (1912-2004) came to lunch
with me too, and said the carrots were watery. She was a certified charmer.

Frank Capra (1897-1991), one of the most influential U.S. film directors with a
pocket full of classics came. I think of him every Christmas, when Jimmy Stewart
and Donna Reed show us why “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Emlyn Williams (1905-1987), a famous Welsh author whose autobiography
“The Corn is Green” gave him a platform for one of Bette Davis’s more notable
performances, came. Newly elected U.S. Representative (future Kentucky
governor) Carroll Hubbard (b. 1937) came, and newly elected U.S.
Representative (future New Jersey governor) James Florio (b. 1937) came.

Philip Hoff (b. 1924) came, the first Democratic governor of Vermont in over a
century. He sat drinking in my room for hours, the reason this charming and bright
man was never a candidate for a national office which he would have served so
well. And so many more…
No one told me to do this, no one urged me to do this, I just did it, and thereby
received an award for services to Harvard College. I didn’t need it, I didn’t ask for
it, I was grateful for it, but I would have done it just as I did it, even without any
recognition. And still more came…

Cardinal Humberto Medeiros (1915-1983) came. I sensed he was lonely, and was
glad to befriend him. He liked me, and it showed. Thanks to him, my mug was on
the front page of “The Crimson”, arm in arm with His Eminence. Massachusetts
State Senator Joseph Timilty (b. 1938) came. He travelled with the man we called
“the Waterboy”, Thomas Menino (1942-2014). Timilty ended up in prison. What ever
happened to Menino, anyway?

Jimmy Carter (b. 1924) came, and promised he would never lie to me, a statement
which immediately made me suspect him. Senator George McGovern (1922-2012)
came, and I stood waiting to be of assistance, while he, pale and wan, struggled to
help his only son through the depths of his addictions. It was painful watching him,
knowing how much he wanted to help, but could not.

“Where do I begin to tell the story of how great a love can be?”

I have a confession to make. I have loved Harvard my entire life. One day, when I
was about 11 or 12, my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I
can remember just where we were when they asked me, in the car in our garage,
getting ready for some excursion. So family legend goes. I didn’t pause for a second.
“I want to be a millionaire, write best-selling books, and go to Harvard!” This prompt
detailed response prompted consternation.

No one from my town had ever gone to Harvard, no one in my family had ever gone to
Harvard. I was just an ambitious boy from the prairies with big ideas, and no
immediate way of achieving them. I’m sure my parents brushed it off as yet
another one of my exaggerated declarations.

But, in truth, right from that moment, I was Harvard-bound, in my mind, if nowhere
else. I loved Harvard from the first day I stepped foot in Cambridge… Labor Day
weekend, 1969. I had $44 in my pocket, knew no one, had no place to live, had
never been East before, and had an incipient case of Mononucleosis. As I have
written before, it was the happiest day of my life.

“She fills my heart with very special things
Angel songs and wild imaginings”

And now, it is my privilege, through the pages of this book, to provide you with
a glimpse of this special world, and my place in it. Every decision has consequences.
Going to Harvard had immense consequences for me, for the people I love, and
my entire life. There have, over the last 40 years or more, been the usual lover’s quarrels
and spats, the usual quota of irritations and aggravations on both sides, but through
it all, I never fell out of love, and never expect to.

“With her first hello
She gave new meaning to this empty world of mine
They’ll never be another love another time”

Shelby, this is the love story I had hoped you would find in Harvard Yard. And
so, I dedicate this book to you.

Musical note

The lyric music accompanying this Introduction, composed by Francis Lai with
lyrics by Carl Sigman, must of course be the theme for “Love Story”. It
perfectly captures the wistful mood of a time and place gone forever, and
remembered with love… and some sadness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjbQY8_vk1M

A special note on and for Erich Segal ’58

In 1982, I came up with the bright idea of editing a book of essays on Harvard
by some of its eminent graduates. Erich Segal was one of the authors who
contributed — for a pittance — to this notable volume. The result was called
“Our Harvard. Reflections on College Life by Twenty-two Distinguished
Graduates”.

This book, literally a labor of love, has sold well since its publication so long ago.
This is due to the skill of Segal and his twenty-one Harvard colleagues. You
can get your copy by going to www.amazon.com and entering my name,
Jeffrey Lant. You’ll see at once why it has weathered the test of time, and is
such a good read.

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The New Writer’s Secrets Series Vol.1 is Released

Just Published Writer’s Secrets Vol.1…

“How to write About Famous People You Know”

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant

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This may seem like a strange topic to open this series with so why did Dr. Lant do it?

He choose this topic because as he writes

“I have started with what could be construed as an advanced class
because once you master this, you will be able to gain
access and commendable results from any famous person
in the universe.

You will never say, if you have ever said, and might truly say,
that you have nothing to write about… like a woman going to
a closet full of gowns and saying “I have nothing to wear”. You
will never say again, having mastered this chapter, that you have
nothing to write about. Master these guidelines, and fly high…”
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