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Dec 20 2016 Christmas Ghosts: An Excerpt from Alan M. Clark’s A Brutal Chill in August

One of our favorite Christmas traditions, particularly popular in the Victorian era, is the telling of ghost stories. Something about the long nights of winter, the glistening of ice, and the clouds of breath that form as you step outside … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 15

In chapter 15, after his adventure hopping, Jack London stayed with a husband and wife in a poor section of Maidstone. He described the woman as The Sea Wife, from Rudyard Kipling’s poem by that name, and suggested that she … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 14

In Chapter 14, Jack London headed out of the city with a cobbler friend to see if they could earn a living wage as seasonal farm workers. They went to the Maidstone district in Kent, southeast of London to pick … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 13

  In Chapter 13, Jack London concentrated on the plight of one individual among the countless unfortunates within the East End of the city of London. Dan Cullen was a lumper by trade. Lumpers unload the cargo from ships. In … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 12

In Chapter 12, we see a possible reason why the homeless were so harassed. Perhaps there was a desire to drive them out of the city, at least temporarily, because they would not look good during the coronation of King … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 11

In Chapter 11, Jack London, dead on his feet after a day and a night without sleep, waited with hundreds of homeless for a free breakfast offered by the Salvation Army. He refered to time he spent as a tramp, … Continue reading

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THE PEOPLE OF THE ABYSS Liveblog Part 10

In Chapter 10, Jack London slept rough to see what that was like for the homeless. One can imagine that sleeping rough in a large metropolitan area with lots of parks would be something like going camping. If it was … Continue reading

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