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.