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Occupation Dilettante
Location San Francisco, California, United States
Introduction Other places you'll find me: http://calibersf.com http://iliveheresf.blogspot.com http://femmefotographie.com
Interests Argentine tango, swing dance, Lindy hop, Charleston, travel, Paris, vintage makeup and hairstyles, makeup artistry, social history of Victorian England and the Jazz Age, biographies, seamed stockings and fishnets, shoes, hats, lipstick, groomed eyebrows, fake eyelashes, Chanel No. 5, Louise Brooks, buying gourmet groceries that I'll never use but like to look at, watching real chefs cook, Iron Chef (Japanese version only, thank you), Eddie Izzard, Anthony Bourdain, Carl Sagan, the heyday of the American Space Program, the Hubble telescope, pre-code movies, movies from the 1920s-1960s, exotic chocolate, sushi, dim sum, salty crunchy things, flamenco, photography, fencing (with swords, not fenceposts), old Vespas, taking photos of everything I can, my Canon PowerShot, photography (did I say that already?), telescopes, old movie theatres, walking
Favorite Movies You Were Never Lovelier, Casablanca, Double Indemnity, Trouble in Paradise, The Apartment, The Awful Truth, Gilda, His Girl Friday, Dr. Strangelove, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Ladykillers (1955), Grand Hotel, Dinner at Eight, Babyface, The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Midnight (1939), Roman Holiday, Rear Window, Sweet Smell of Success, Rosemary's Baby, The Narrow Margin (1956), Twentieth Century, Rififi, The Asphalt Jungle, La Belle et La Bete, Amelie, Sense and Sensibility, Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Election, Dick, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, To Kill a Mockingbird, Little Dorrit, The Tango Lesson, 2001, Apollo 13, Alien, The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, The Life Aquatic, The Royal Tennenbaums, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Michael Palin's Himalaya and Sahara series, Cosmos, The Office (BBC), Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Holy Grail, Rivers and Tides, The Elegant Universe (NOVA), anything with Harold Lloyd Laurel and Hardy, The Little Rascals, Duck Soup, Horsefeathers, Anything by Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch, Preston Sturges, A Christmas Carol (1951-Alistair Sim), A Christmas Story (1983), Harold and Maude, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, The Importance of Being Earnest, Superbad, The Darjeeling Limited
Favorite Music The Beatles (esp. Sgt. Pepper's through Let It Be), George Harrison, The Traveling Wilburys, Bowie, ABBA, Queen, Blondie, Cat Stevens, The Commitments soundtrack, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Aimee Mann, Carla Bruni, Harry James, Glenn Miller, Gene Krupa's drum solo in Sing Sing Sing, Chopin's Nocturnes, Satie's Gymnopedies, Debussy, Tango music, di Sarli, Pugliese, Juan Carlos Caceres, Lakme: Flower Duet, Barber: Adagio for Strings, Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, Nessun Dorma, Schubert: Ave Maria, Puccini: Un Bel Die, Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, Django Reinhardt, Gotan Project, Jill Sobule, AND Tom Jones (he is The Man!)
Favorite Books Anything by Margaret Atwood, George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Madeline L'Engle, M.F.K. Fisher, Edith Wharton, David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, To Kill a Mockingbird, Long Quiet Highway, Operating Instructions, Kitchen Confidential, Foucault's Pendulum, Cosmos, Nicholas Nickleby, The Log of the Sea of Cortez, The House of Mirth, Making Faces, Complicated Women, Max Factor's Hollywood Glamour, The Little Prince, Paris to the Moon, The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine, Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History, The Lover, Powers of Ten, Grimm's Fairy Tales, The Giving Tree, The Singing Creek Where The Willows Grow, The Tao of Pooh, Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde