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Post by RobMarland » October 28th, 2019, 3:49 pm

Oscar Wilde: North American Interviews, 1882-1883.


In January 1882, Oscar Wilde embarked on a ten-month tour of North America. The young "Apostle of Aestheticism" traveled from New York to San Francisco and Montreal to New Orleans, lecturing on The Decorative Arts and The House Beautiful. Wilde returned to Europe in December but was back in Manhattan a few months later to oversee the production of his first play, Vera: or, the Nihilists.

Reporters soon discovered Wilde was a reliable source of good copy. He gave his first interview while still on the deck of the SS Arizona as it lay in quarantine in New York Harbor, where he was prematurely quizzed on his first impressions of America. Over the following months he would be interviewed more than a hundred times.

In 2010, Matthew Hofer and Gary Scharnhorst reprinted 48 of these interviews in their book, Oscar Wilde in America: The Interviews (2010), and listed a further 53 interviews from 1882-1883. The present collection—read from the original articles—is intended to be complete. It includes all the interviews identified by Hofer and Scharnhorst, and several more that have not previously been identified. (Rob Marland)
  • Text source (only read from this text!): I will read around 120 newspaper articles from their original sources. I have made a Google spreadsheet including links to all sources, and will provide a link to the MC and DPL (or anyone considering taking on these roles).
  • Type of proof-listening required (Note: please read the PL FAQ): standard



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    Genres for the project: *Non-fiction/History /Modern (19th C)

    Keywords that describe the book: America, oscar wilde, USA, Canada, interview

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  • The reader will record the following at the beginning and end of each file:
    No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
    START of recording (Intro):
    • "[Title of Work] by [Author Name] from [Publication Name], [day, month, year]. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org"
    • If you wish, say:
      "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
  • At the end of the section, say: "End of [Title]"

    For the second and all subsequent sections, you may optionally use the shortened form of this intro disclaimer:
    • "[Title of Work] by [Author Name] from [Publication Name], [day, month, year]. This LibriVox recording is in the Public Domain."
    • If you wish, say:
      "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"


      END of recording:
      • At the end of the section, say:
        "End of [Title] by [Author] from [Publication, date]"

        There should be ~5 seconds silence at the end of the recording.
      • Example filename wildeints_YYYYMMDD_abbreviatednewspapertitle_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the section number (e.g. wildeints_18820103_nytimes_128kb.mp3)
      • Example ID3 V2 tags ID3 tags are now optional. They are added automatically during cataloging.
        Artist: Oscar Wilde
        Title: ## - [Section title]
        Album: Oscar Wilde: North American Interviews, 1882-1883


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        Please post below
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Post by RobMarland » October 28th, 2019, 4:16 pm

I have modified the instructions in the first post about what to say at the start and end of each recording. I would be grateful if an admin could confirm that the instructions are appropriate for a collection of newspaper articles.

I am keen that final users are easily able to access the texts as well as the audio, so am also hoping someone can advise me on how to properly enter information into the MW, such that when the project is catalogued there will be Etext links for each section (like there are for standard group collections).

Finally, I appreciate that this project, with its many sources, may prove more onerous for an MC and DPL than a typical solo, and thank anyone who is considering taking up either of these roles.
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Post by knotyouraveragejo » October 30th, 2019, 10:34 am

Hi Rob,
Sounds like quite an ambitious project. Before I volunteer to MC and set this up in the database, I would like to have a look at your list of sources (just to confirm everything is PD for LV). Meanwhile if you go forward with this, the instructions for entering author and source in the section compiler metadata for collections is in the BC instructions google doc here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kVj409nG_E0XJ5UrrcL7EVx7Qyx-2UQ7dbw4mINi3XQ/edit#heading=h.nv65nikjuv27

or the LV wiki here:

https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/BC's:_How_to_update_the_Magic_Window#Special_Instructions_for_Collections_.E2.80.93_Entering_Section_Metadata

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Post by KevinS » October 30th, 2019, 10:43 am

I would like to consider serving as DPL. My vision just can't handle unclear texts at this time, however, so if the sources are poorly scanned, I must bow out. If the standard really is 'standard' reading, then this will make the job more attractive. I would want to confirm this.
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Post by RobMarland » October 30th, 2019, 10:58 am

Jo and Kevin: I will send you the link to the spreadsheet of sources via private message.

Kevin: if you are able to listen and find any accidentally repeated phrases / bad edits etc, that would be great. Standard PL doesn't require you to read along while listening, as far as I understand it, and that is fine by me. The quality of the scans is variable: always legible (at least for me), but not always high resolution. So please feel free to do a mix of reading along and not, or whatever works for you.
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Post by KevinS » October 30th, 2019, 11:24 am

RobMarland wrote:
October 30th, 2019, 10:58 am
Jo and Kevin: I will send you the link to the spreadsheet of sources via private message.

Kevin: if you are able to listen and find any accidentally repeated phrases / bad edits etc, that would be great. Standard PL doesn't require you to read along while listening, as far as I understand it, and that is fine by me. The quality of the scans is variable: always legible (at least for me), but not always high resolution. So please feel free to do a mix of reading along and not, or whatever works for you.
I'll be happy to DPL so long as I am not expected to read along with the texts. (Were any of them included in later published books? I could manage that.)

Regardless, I'm happy to help at the 'standard' reading level.
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Post by RobMarland » October 30th, 2019, 12:06 pm

KevinS wrote:
October 30th, 2019, 11:24 am
I'll be happy to DPL so long as I am not expected to read along with the texts. (Were any of them included in later published books? I could manage that.)
Yes. Some, though not all, were published in this book https://www.amazon.com/Oscar-Wilde-America-Interviews/dp/0252079728
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Post by knotyouraveragejo » October 30th, 2019, 8:32 pm

OK I have set this up for you. In order for the files to sort properly, you will need to use the section number in the filename instead of the date as I have suggested in the top post. In order to keep the filenames as short as possible, I would also suggest abbreviating the newspaper names as much as possible. I also edited your suggested intro a little and added the shortened form for files after the first. At the end of each section, you can use what I have suggested or just say end of section. Happy to discuss options for the above further if you strongly disagree.

I've looked through your list of sources, and it all looks OK as long as you make sure you are reading from the original newspaper scans and not text reproduced elsewhere.
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Post by RobMarland » October 31st, 2019, 12:54 am

Thanks a lot, Jo.

Yes, I will only read from original sources. If I am unable to obtain an original article, I will skip it. To be clear to you and to anyone else who might see this post, I will not read from Hofer and Scharnhorst’s book.

Thanks for your suggestions and edits. My concern about including section numbers in the files is that it is quite likely the section numbers will change during the project, because (1) I will likely identify new interviews and will want to include them at the appropriate place, and (2) I will want to re-order the interviews so that they are in a logical order (e.g. some interviews are published several days after the fact in faraway cities). The best order will probably only become clear to me as I read the articles again while recording them.

Therefore, I think I would prefer to use a system similar to a short works collection, in which contributors upload files without section numbers and the BC decides what order they should appear in (e.g. in order of submission or alphabetically; in the case of this project, chronologically in terms of the described events rather than the publication dates). Would that be OK?

My reason for including the dates in the filename was so that they would sort according to publication date when downloaded to a computer and sorted by filename (hence why I put the year first, then month, then day). But maybe you are talking about sorting in a different context, like during the cataloguing process?
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Post by knotyouraveragejo » October 31st, 2019, 4:15 pm

Hi Rob. You can use the dates if you prefer, but as for choosing the order, while that may be true for the catalog page at LibriVox, on the archive.org page for the finished project, the files will always sort in alphabetical order by filename.
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Post by RobMarland » October 31st, 2019, 4:35 pm

Thanks, Jo. Makes sense.
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Post by RobMarland » November 1st, 2019, 12:58 am

Hi Jo,

I’ve had a look at some other collections to see how coordinators impose a desired order on Archive that wasn’t present in the original filenames. This collection seems to have had leading numbers added to the files’ titles (but not the filenames), which imposed a non-alphabetical order in Archive.

Perhaps I could do this: upload files with no section numbers; re-order / insert new sections in the MW as the project progresses; once all files are PL OK and I have finalised the order, use an ID3 editor to add leading numbers to all the files’ titles; re-upload every file, thereby replacing all files uploaded to the LV server. The advantage of this method is that the filenames will stay the same so I won’t have to update them in the MW, which would be onerous at the end of such a long project.

Do you think this would work?
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Post by knotyouraveragejo » November 1st, 2019, 8:34 am

Rob,
Go ahead and use the file naming with the publication dates as you originally proposed and let's see where we end up in terms of order. If there are one or two that need to be tweaked at the end, we can figure out a workaround. Changing filenames and uploading all the files twice would be a lot of extra work. We need the filenames in the section compiler to match the uploaded filenames so the files can be imported batchwise into the validation system for upload to archive.

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Post by RobMarland » November 1st, 2019, 3:37 pm

knotyouraveragejo wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 8:34 am
We need the filenames in the section compiler to match the uploaded filenames so the files can be imported batchwise into the validation system for upload to archive.
Absolutely, that’s why I was thinking of re-uploading at the end with the titles in the ID3 tags changed but keeping the actual filenames the same. Just because it seemed to be the titles rather than the filenames influencing the Archive order in that collection I mentioned.

Well, OK, I will start recording and see where we end up.
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Post by knotyouraveragejo » November 1st, 2019, 5:30 pm

RobMarland wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 3:37 pm
knotyouraveragejo wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 8:34 am
We need the filenames in the section compiler to match the uploaded filenames so the files can be imported batchwise into the validation system for upload to archive.
Absolutely, that’s why I was thinking of re-uploading at the end with the titles in the ID3 tags changed but keeping the actual filenames the same. Just because it seemed to be the titles rather than the filenames influencing the Archive order in that collection I mentioned.

Well, OK, I will start recording and see where we end up.
The titles in the ID3 tags on the cataloged files will be whatever is in the title field in the MW at the time of cataloging. Any tags on the files when initially submitted will be overwritten during the validation step.
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