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‘I’ve been workin’ on my rewrite, that’s right.’ An open letter to a young friend who wants to be a scribbler.

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. I saw the way you looked at that photo of me on the  back of my first book. I looked so young, well-scrubbed, brushed and combed,  so smart with a dollop of profound sensitivity about the mouth, supposing I was  ready for anything, not even knowing the questions …

‘I never get a single thing that’s new.’ An appreciation for America’s pack rat, Alex Shear, dead at 73, January 10, 2014, now in God’s collection.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. This is not merely an article. It is instead a declaration  of support and unity for people like Alex Shear (and, yes, me) who are (far)  beyond obsessive in their acquisition of… everything. We have endured snide  comments, ribald jokes, side slapping “humor”, ridicule, even the ultimate indignity  …

She made America and the whole wide world smile when we needed it most. An appreciation for the life of Shirley Temple Black, dead at 85, February 10, 2014.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note.  If I’d been smart, I  would have met Shirley Temple Black  in Prague August 20, 1968. I was finishing up several exhilarating days in the  ancient capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia during the waning hours of what  was called “Prague Spring.” These were the glorious days when …

“I’m doing what I’m doing for love.” Valentine’s Day, 2014.

February 12, 2014 | Author: | Posted in Interesting People, Jeffrey Lant Articles

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. She was the best of wives and the best of mothers. She was such a Yiddishe momme right out of Sophie Tucker, we used to laugh about it. She was the life support for a feckless husband born into cozy wealth who discovered at mid life that he …

Another installment of dining with history. Today four silver second course dishes from the extravagant service commissioned by the richest commoner in England, William Thomas Beckford (1759-1844), kindred spirit.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. The catalog entry for Lot 65 in Sotheby’s 23 January, 2014  “Of Royal And Noble Descent” sale was arid and sharply descriptive in the usual  fashion: “Four Georgian second course dishes, one Smith & Sharp, one John Robins, two  Philip Rundell for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, London, respectively …