The Liebster Award


I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award by Silentology. Thanks Lea! The award is a way for bloggers to welcome each other into the online community and it helps other people discover interesting blogs. When you receive a Liebster, you:

(a) Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you;

(b) Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself; and

(c) Nominate up to 11 other bloggers to receive the award, and give them 11 questions to answer on their blogs when they post their nominations.

Here are the 11 questions Silentology asked me:

  1. 1.What made you want to start a blog?

While writing a short biography of Grace Kingsley, I was reading a lot of what she wrote. I thought that there was a lot of forgotten history in her columns, and somebody really ought to use it. Then I decided that I was somebody. That’s what’s so great about blogs: you don’t need permission, you can just do them.

Hooray! An excuse to include a picture of Keaton!
  1. If you could travel back in time to witness one–just one–historic event, what would it be?

This is selfish, but I’d visit the Sherlock Jr. set so I could see exactly how the team (with the original writing staff) worked together. The most frustrating thing about writing Buster Keaton’s Crew is that there’s very little documentation about what their day-to-day process of filmmaking was.

  1. Who are five musicians/bands you can’t live without?

There aren’t any. I blame library school – I had no free time, so I got out of the habit of listening to music.

  1. You can make your own film and cast it with actors from any era you please. What’s it gonna be about, and who will star?

I would buy the film rights to Meljean Brooks’ Riveted, a terribly cinematic steampunk alternate history/romance set mostly in Iceland. It would have to be cast with unknowns, because there haven’t been any famous actors who look like the leads.

  1. Do you have a favorite painter or sculptor?

No, my brain doesn’t seem to have the bit that processes visual arts. I like words.

  1. What are 3 really obscure films you’d recommend?

Only 3? OK: 1. Forgotten Silver, a fake documentary about a lost silent-era filmmaker in New Zealand. 2. After Midnight, an Italian film set in the Museum of Cinema in Turin about the night watchman and a woman running away from the police. 3. Juha, a Finnish tragedy and the last silent movie of the 20th century. It’s more interesting than entertaining, but I’m glad somebody tried it.

  1. Is there an overlooked era of history that’s just dying to be mined for movie material?

Yes, the Finnish Nationalist movement of the mid to late 19th century when they were fighting for a non-Swedish, non-Russian identity and the right to use the most interesting language in the world for official business. Actually, other than Victorian England most European history of that time has been ignored by Hollywood, which is a shame.

  1. Who are your top 3 favorite actresses?

Lillian Gish, Miriam Hopkins, Joan Blondell

  1. How about top 3 favorite actors?

Buster Keaton, Charlie Bowers, Roger Livesey

  1. What is one classic film that you think could’ve been improved, and in what way?

I Know Where I’m Going could use even more Roger Livesey.

  1. What are your hopes for the future of classic films?

I hope that seeing films in theaters won’t be replaced by streaming, that people will continue to be interested in them and that huge amounts of money will become available for film preservation.

Here are my 11 random facts:

  • I’ve been a Damfino since 1993.
  • I really miss the single-serving size peppermint bark at Trader Joe’s. I know they sell it by the box, but I have a portion control problem and I can’t be trusted with it.
  • When I asked at the desk of the Hollywood Forever cemetary where to find Frank Williams’ grave, they said “it’s next to the building with Valentino’s grave.” Somehow they knew I knew where that was, and of course I did.
  • My favorite podcast is My Dad Wrote a Porno, and I’m sad they’re on hiatus.
  • The best Doctor is the 12th, because Peter Capaldi should be in everything.
  • I think that noted actress and clotheshorse of the 1910’s Valeska Surrat deserves a place beside Theda Bara, because the plots to her movies were even less sane.
  • My favorite Keaton leading lady is Kate Price, because she made the crew howl with laughter.
  • I study Finnish and I despair of ever fully understanding the partative case.
  • When we have potlucks at work, I bring chocolate chip cookies that my husband David makes. David is very popular with the library staff.
  • pip_door

Hey lady! Where’s my dinner?

  • I’m not a cat person, but when an orange kitty started hanging out in our yard we became food servants. Now his name is Pip and his meals are delivered promptly, or else.
  • Our dog Mabel is concerned that humans don’t nap enough. She works hard at setting a good example.


I’m so sorry: I’m too new to blogging to have anyone to nominate. I’ll try in a few months.

One thought on “The Liebster Award”

  1. Glad you participated, Lisle! I think your blog is doing a great service for anyone interested in early Hollywood.

    I, too, would’ve loved to see what day-to-day filming was like on Buster’s set. Too bad no one thought to ask him and his crew some more detailed questions about it before it was too late.

    Huzzah, a fellow Bowers fan! His work is so unique and has such a zany charm–it’s seriously some of the best comedy shorts to come out of the ’20s.

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