Picks & Finds

[Illustration source: Viatorium Spagyricum : das ist: ein. Science Museum Group Collection by Herbrandt Jamsthalern, page 75]

Looking for the Philosopher’s Stone at the Schlesinger

The Schlesinger Library is working to tackle digital obsolescence problems, so that in 50 years or more, users should still be able to access the contents of a digital file created today. 

[Julia Child baking a cake during the episode of The French Chef that inspired the opera. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

A Musical Feast: Julia Child, Jean Stapleton, and an Opera about Cake

In December 1986, Julia Child received a letter from the actress Jean Stapleton—who had played Edith Bunker on the classic sitcom All in the Family—about possibly collaborating on an opera.