Wednesday, June 4, 2014

"Buffalo is a perfect living hell."

Location:   Erie County, New York
Year:   Circa 1890

Peripatetic writer and social reformer Jack London, who was born and died in California, having circled the world in between, was arrested for vagrancy in Buffalo, New York as a teenager. He described Erie County's New York's jail system as "a perfect living hell." No doubt his jail experiences influenced his writings such as The Iron Heel, a dystopian novel about an America turned fascist.   

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