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‘M’ is for the million things she gave me. Of my mother, my sister, and ‘Shut The Door’, once pretty in pink.

December 20, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Author’s program note. If you were alive on any Saturday night in 1915 and were of good family, soon after the dinner dishes were removed, soon after the gentlemen’s secret potation was poured and savored, you gathered in the drawing room with its spotless antimacassars and the hapless canaries trapped in …

The poet. The Amir. The ‘crime’. The sentence. Our outrage. Solidarity with Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami.

December 10, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Author’s program note. In 1798 a young English poet named William Wordsworth (1770-1850) took time to consider the momentous events then transpiring in France, events that toppled an ancient dynasty, its great nobility and engorged prelates more interested in living the good life than emulating the simplicity and humanity of Our …

Cost of college degree in U.S. has increased 1,120 percent in 30 years, Bloomberg report says. Here’s something practical that will help pay the burgeoning bills.

November 26, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Author’s program note. His given name was Hubert Prior Vallee, and he was born July 28, 1901 in Island Pond, Vermont.  Boyishly good looking, suave, charming and a real life Yalie, the world (particularly its female moiety) came to know and love him as “Rudy”. He was the world’s first pop …

Thanksgiving from the turkey’s perspective. Over the river and through the woods, a nation’s fowl behavior is noted, bemoaned, admonished, challenged.Timely commentary from the cutting edge.

November 20, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Author’s program note. If you’re a resident of these United States, the fourth Thursday of November will soon be upon us in all its excess, gluttony, and self-congratulation. We know this as Thanksgiving Day, but it most certainly is no day of glorious and heart felt thanksgiving for the crucial centerpiece …

‘A boy! A boy! My kingdom for a boy!’ On Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, his dilemma, and an over-the-top picture of eye-popping grandeur and allegory.

November 19, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Author’s Program Note. No royal court in Europe was more musically inclined than the imperial Habsburgs who ruled their vast real estate from the most melodious of capitals, Wien. Or as you would say, Vienna. To be a prince of this dynasty (called archdukes) was an honorable thing of course, a …

‘Da Doo Ron Ron’. The 2016 presidential campaign begins today, November 6, 2012. Here’s what smart candidates must do to use the Internet to win. An audacious plan for capturing the White House and thrilling America.

November 15, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Author’s program note. Are you one of those people (I call them optimists) who believes the re-election of Barack Obama plus the election of thousands of successful candidates for federal, state, and local offices ends the campaign and should earn all of us in the Great Republic an electioneering respite? My, …

‘Am I getting old?’ ‘Oh, no, not you.’ The wonders of the Internet… the stubborn obstinacy of far too many Senior Citizens. Generations colliding in cyber space. Some thoughts.

November 12, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Author’s program note. Did you ever see “Gigi” the 1958 musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe? You should. It burned through a fortune to recreate lush, opulent Third Republic Paris and besides the music is lovely. One song in particular touches my heart — “I Remember It Well”. It’s …

A terse message on the door, a grand venue closed, a cultural moment over. On the (final) death of Boston’s eatery of note, Locke-Ober. Some thoughts

November 8, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant. You’ve seen “Hello Dolly,” of course. Every person who loves The Theatah has gone, and with every great actress who played the great role of Dolly Levy, Carol Channing, Barbra Streisand, Pearl Bailey and so many others. We love them; we love them all. And we love the moment they each …


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