A Luminous Halo

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end." --Virginia Woolf

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Location: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Capital Capitol

The Rhode Island State House, near which much of the Showtime series Brotherhood is filmed, is a familiar landmark to the New England background extra crowd. Quite a few films have been set in Rhode Island, starting with Providence Commander in 1898. High Society, Lolita, The Great Gatsby, Jaws, Heaven's Gate, The Witches of Eastwick, Dumb and Dumber, Amistad, Meet Joe Black, There's Something About Mary...these are a few of the better known. And lots more to come, since the Ocean State has been offering economic incentives to the film industry.

The State House, completed in 1904, is built of white Georgia marble, and boasts the fourth largest self-supporting dome in the world. On top is a gilded bronze statue of "Independent Man," who symbolizes the spirit of Rhode Island. The building was used as the U.S. Capitol building in the film Amistad. Pretty impressive!

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