Jack London’s Photographs at the Huntington Library

JL_camera_korea_582pxJay Williams, author of Author Under Sail: The Imagination of Jack London, 1893-1902,  recently announced to the Jack London listserv that the Huntington Library is in the process of digitizing the contents of London’s photograph albums:


Among the photographs available there are this one picturing the Bond brothers at their cabin with “Jack,” the dog that inspired the character of Buck in The Call of the Wild. wolf


Lily Bart’s New York in Films, 1896-1905

A few links that let you see the New York of Lily Bart in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, with a few additional links just because they’re interesting.  I’ll keep adding to this post as I find more.   Several of the individual films are available on DVD from such collections as Treasures from the American Film Archives.

  1. Visual Tour of New York 1896-1901, with added street sounds:


The “Visual Tour” has an extended sequence of a man with a snow shovel, possibly looking for work in a way reminiscent of what Hurstwood saw in Dreiser’s Sister Carrie.

2. Oldest Footage of New York with maps of today:


3. This Was New York has Hester Street, Ellis Island, and other locations:


4. via Irene Gammel @MLC_Research on Twitter: Audio recording of a dinner party in London, October 5, 1888, addressed to Thomas Edison:


Approaches to Teaching Jack London

2015-10-24 10.13.17It’s here! I received a hardcover and a paperback version of Approaches to Teaching the Works of Jack London yesterday. Nicely done, MLA, to give the volume’s contributors both a hardcover and a paperback edition.

I saw an earlier ad with a different cover (here). That one has the traditional dog sled associated so much with London’s Klondike adventures.  I’m glad they chose this picture instead, for unless I’m mistaken, this is the picture of London dressed for going undercover in the slums of London for his book The People of the Abyss. It’s this other London–the rancher, journalist, socialist, etc.–that people need to know better.

The Amazon page didn’t have a table of contents, and I couldn’t find it on the MLA site,  so here’s a picture of the ToC:

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Farewell, Preview! Yosemite 10.10.5 killed you off for good

First, a riddle:

Q: How is a Mac system update like an “old dark house” mystery?
A. It kills off your functional programs one by one with no explanation.

It’s been a few weeks since Apple unleashed the Kraken that is Yosemite 10.10.5 on my iMac.  I wrote about how to get Word 2008 up and running again, which has worked for a few weeks although it’s being balky now.

But Preview is officially kaput, crashing so much that it’s clear it will rise no more.  If I want to look at a .pdf, I use Adobe Reader. If I need to edit or crop a picture, I use a much older MacBookPro where the apps are still functional.

According to MacRumors, this latest build of Yosemite improved security, which is all to the good.  We’ll soon have El Capitan, which is supposed to focus on “improving performance and user experience.”

Here’s a pro tip, Apple: a big part of “user experience” is not killing off the apps we use every day. Just a thought.

A little history on the SSAWW Newsletter

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 8.22.12 AMThe Fall 2015 SSAWW Newsletter is now available at the SSAWW site:


Since 2008 when I took over as SSAWW VP for Publications and newsletter editor, it has grown from 8 to 28 pages, largely because the members generously voted in 2010 to discontinue the paper version in favor of a web version.

Switching to the web had many benefits, as the members realized.

For one thing, all the money that used to go to printing now goes to the SSAWW Graduate Student Travel Fund. Eliminating printing meant eliminating a lot of paper waste, too, for a greener option.

The newsletter uses color now, which would have been too expensive pre-web, and the New Books pages added to the newsletter in 2011 are much more attractive in color.  The template is in Pages (an old version), and I chose the reddish header color so that it would align with the colors of Legacy (http://legacywomenwriters.org/).

If you want to see any of the back issues from 2008 on, they’re here: https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/membership/newsletter/

Unfortunately, we don’t have any copies of issues prior to 2008, when the newsletter was edited by its founder and my wonderful predecessor, Karen Dandurand, for whom the SSAWW Lifetime Achievement Award is named: https://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/awards/  If you have copies, we’d like to scan them and put them on the site, so please contact me.

If Yosemite 10.10.5 broke Word 2008 on your computer, here’s a solution

Yosemite 10.10.5 descended on my Mac on September 19, and, as usual, programs began crashing in droves. Well, Word 2008 and Preview, the two programs I use most, broke, rendering the Mac useless for most work.

Word would open, crash, ask me about “Report this problem to Microsoft?” and display a crash report.  I tried opening in Safe Mode, restarting, resetting the Font Library, and other suggestions found online.

According to this thread and this thread, the problem is that documents with Track Changes were open in Word when the update occurred.  Here’s what worked:

  1. Open Word but hold down the Shift key as it opens to prevent the documents from automatically loading. (Here is the source of the information: http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/56684/is-there-a-way-to-stop-ms-word-from-automatically-opening-previously-opened-docu)
  2. Once Word opens, go to File -> Open Recent -> Clear Recent and clear out those files.
  3. Shut down Word and restart it.
  4. Open the files that you need. You can even open and save the ones that were open during the 10.10.5 update, and they seem to be unharmed.

This seems to work for Word.  It doesn’t work for Preview, so I have switched to Adobe Reader for now.

It’s not clear to me why Yosemite 10.10.5 has such a grudge against Word and its Track Changes feature, but that’s a matter for the wizards in Redmond and Cupertino to solve.

Site updates: Mary Austin

I’m updating the links on the Mary Austin page since they are out of date.

A lot of links at the site are out of date because they lead to the University of Virginia’s etext library, a great resource in the early days of the web, since these were reliably transcribed editions.

Now, however, these UVa resources have been locked down behind a subscription wall and are no longer available.

I’ll substitute Google Books links when possible, since these have the benefit of showing the page images.