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''I've never been in style, so I can never go out of style."
In case you don't know who she is, Lillian Gish was one of the leading actresses from the silent movie era, and also had a long post-silent career in movies and stage, appearing in her last movie in 1987. But the bulk of her fame came from the work she did during the silent era. She was born in Springfield, Ohio in 1893. Her father was absent during her childhood, so her mom pushed her and her sister Dorothy into acting at an early age to help support the family. She made her stage debut at age 4. In 1912, an actress friend of theirs named Mary Pickford convinced them to get involved in screen acting (like the Gishes, Mary also had supported her family through acting). They joined up with famed director D.W. Griffith and Lillian became one of his star actresses.
She appeared in a lot of his shorts, and in his two major epics - Birth of a Nation and Intolerance. In the 20s, she signed with MGM and gained creative control over the types of films she worked on. As sound came on the scene, her popularity faded, and she moved back to stage acting. She did start appearing back in films in the 40s and received an Oscar nomination, but she would never regain the starring roles she had in the 10s and 20s. She died in NYC in 1993 and never married.
To those who never watched silent movies or Lillian on screen, I think she brings a lot of elegance and class to any scene she is in. She definitely doesn't have a comedic or silly edge to her like Mary Pickford. Lillian Gish, with her doe-eyes, pouty lips and curled hair is probably the perfect example of a female star from the 1910s. Her look and style is definitely pre-flapper, with lots of innocence and no hint of rowdy behavior. A good introduction to her work would be picking up the Biograph shorts DVD if you don't want to take on a full length silent movie. Mother Heart is probably her best performance in that DVD collection.
- Lillian Gish Official Site
- Gish sisters theatre at Bowling Green State University in Ohio
Man is free but is everywhere in chains
And when you're finally free, when all the stops have been removed
Still standing in your way --- is you
II. Old dogs and new tricks
The wrong lyrics
The safety of a prison
What's more difficult to learn something new
Is to unlearn something old
<>III. Hash House Harriers><>>
Life is like a Hash House Harriers run...
It's not a race, it's a run
The course of the run is charted before it begins
There are many dead ends in the course to confuse the runners and only one path that leads to the finish line
All the runners, men and women, have to wear the same kind of costume, like a red dress or a toga, and load up on beer and wings before the run
The runners call out a series of commands during the run to direct each other
"Run On!" means "We're going the right way"
After several wrong turns down alley ways and sidestreets the pack finds the right path
The runners approach the finish line in small groups, there are no winners or losers or prizes given out
There's more beer and wings after the run
And the wisdom in knowing when it was time to "Run On!"
~http://www.gthhh.com/ Official HHH website~
IV. Come on, let's face it...
Everything I do
And I think the same goes for you too
Makes me feel good
V. Quote of the day
"It's as if we have an industrial-age presidency, catering to a pre-industrial ideological base, in a post-industrial era."----Thomas L. Friedman
'Bush Disarms Unilaterally', page A19, NYTimes,
VI. Officer friendly
Today I was flyering for my band on
The first officer asked what I was doing, where I lived, and why I was by myself.
I had to show identification.
Then I was written a $25 summons and told that if I didn't pay it in a month there would be a warrant out for my arrest.
I was told flyering is a quality of life issue comparable to urinating in the streets and public drunkenness.
The second officer was very nice.
On the way home I thought about legalism, the Luna Lounge, the state, sterility, the Whole Foods store and high rise that's ready to open on the Bowery, and the 16-year old
You're either north
of the Met Life building
a child's trust
the L train
sound in my veins
I got a good look
IX. You came right in
like the 1/9
when the 2/3 passes by
keeps you passing by
X. Words of wisdom from my accountant
Don't let anyone steal your dream
There are two sides to everything
War will make any man crazy
Social Security started during the Great Depression to save us from Wall Street
Franklin Roosevelt saved capitalism
If you were drafted during Vietnam, you went through basic training the day after college graduation
In the army you'll find one of the greatest cross-sections of the minds, people from all walks of life
Of course there will be another draft
Some men just know life and death, life and death
Right to life, what life? Just so you can end up in one of their prisons or on their battlefields? They determine how you live and how you'll die
XI. On my way home
Started at 42nd
south towards Herald Square
the bells sounded at ten o'clock
arresting revolving doors
The April sunset
settled in my lungs
in my toes
the crunch of sand
in my Grand manmade Canyon
and at times, completely alone
with my eyes closed
down Broadway --- in New York City
There I walked
in the light of illuminated clocks
and the Empire's glow
towards the Flatiron's eternal fork in the road...
A man can survive the Holocaust
Emigrate to the
Run an honest business for forty years --- on the
And one day
Have his rent double
when I woke up
played my guitar
listened to Pearl Jam
went running in the rain
saw the dark clouds roll north and breathed in New York City
stood and watched the Hudson rise to the streets with last night's rain
I was thinking of you
XIV. Pick me
They're all up there
Making their bets
Doing their trades
Wagering, negotiating...about me
Sometimes they give
Sometimes they take
Never revealing their plan
Here at the table
As I count up what I've got and what I need
I'm humbled by their legacies
Out of respect, out of my debt
I remain a faithful player
In their game
XV. game day
What was once grass, mud, and sweat
stage, breath, and sound
i love game day
XVI. Who's in prison? The prisoner or the guard?
A city on its way to work
Hurried footsteps pass
An enlightened mindful
Or a mindless moving mass?
With clocks to lock in time and space
And praise for working hard
Makes me wonder, who's in prison
The prisoner or the guard?
The press of a button, a car ride away, a subway stop. I have access to everyone I love. Music on my radio, a guitar on my bed, the world on this screen at . I have access to everything I love. When you heard of this place you dreamed up what life could be, what freedom could mean. And now, back again in