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Howard Fried, Long John Servil vs. Long John Silver

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Fried, assisted by crutches, wove his way through the gridded streets of San Francisco from sunset to sunrise as the passive yet happy-go-lucky Long John Silver; then, from sunrise to sunset he portrayed the more willful Long John Servil, carrying a fifty-pound sandbag. Fried determined his ricocheting course and the intervals at which he was photographed by a self-generated, complex set of rules cued by architectural features of the city. Silver was less bound by rules – even stopping for beer at one point – while Servil’s path was straighter, suggesting his determination to achieve certain goals. (Lewallen 1995: 124)

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