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Introduction I am the creator of steampunk reviews, a woman in love with history, mystery, and the fine things of life, though not necessarily in that order. As a self-styled aristocrat, I've aimed to cultivate an old world (real or constructed via movies being irrelevant to me) sense of elegance and taste, and have been going to great lengths to fulfill that goal. It is my aim to live a life that is enjoyable, rather than one obsessed with being 'perfectly good for me in every way'.
Interests History, museums, the Minoan Empire, Bronze Age and Hellenistic Greece, Russia, Steampunk, tea, sewing, spinning, embroidery, needlepoint, making corsets and other clothing, knitting, language, mythology, fashion, cooking, acting like a lady, Coco Chanel, Julia Child, the Victorian era, the Roaring 20s (in America and Berlin), Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Frank Lloyd-Wright (no I don't care that he was a jerk - he made gorgeous buildings), the fashion of the 40s-50s-early 60s, etiquette, good taste, luxury, hedonism, the Aesthete Movement, Oscar Wilde, the theater, the opera, hob-nobbing, martinis, drinks in general, snobbing and snarking about to equal degrees, diction, grammar, Aubrey Beardsley, Harry Clark, cabarets, nightclubs, Sally Bowles, France, French music, perfume, shoes, expensive things, lobster, caviar, cake, lebanese food, French pastries, real yogurt, apples, steamed buns, crab rangoon, morels, chanterelles, truffles, mushrooms in general, studying mushrooms, mushroom hunting, mysteries, monsters, cryptozoology, the paranormal, M. C. Escher, Edward Gorey, real men
Favorite Movies Pan's Labyrinth, Inception, the 1979 version of Nosferatu, Black Swan, Inglourious Basterds, The Last Unicorn, Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky, Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, La Dolce Vita, Sukiyaki Western Django, Sherlock Holmes, the Brothers Quay films, Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Wolfman (2010), Sakuran, Jaws, Farewell My Concubine, Koyaanisqatsi, Doctor Zhivago, Alexander, Dead Man, Akira, Two Mules for Sister Sarah, Star Trek 2009, Hellboy 1 & 2, the new James Bond films, the Hannibal Lecter films, Memoirs of a Geisha, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Shadow of the Vampire, the Libertine, Casanova (with David Tennant), Quills, Interview with the Vampire, Sleepy Hollow, the Illusionist, the Prestige, the Crow, Breakfast on Pluto, the Boat that Rocked, Seven Samurai, Shinbone Alley, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, L4YER CAK3, Repo! The Genetic Opera, the Duchess, Fright Night, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Cronos, the Devil's Backbone, Eastern Promises, The (ORIGINAL) Wicker Man
Favorite Music Loreena McKennit, Emilie Autumn, David Bowie, Abney Park, Lady Gaga, Frenchy and the Punk, Vienna Teng, Smashing Pumpkins, Voltaire, Pink Martini, Joni Mitchell, Aerosmith, Igor Stravinsky, Blackmore's Night, Shakira, Mozart, Tarkan, Stevie Nicks, Rasputina, Emilie Simon, Rammstein, Daemonia Nymphe, Magna Canta, Popol Vuh, Phillip Glass, A Perfect Circle, Poe, Evermind, Azam Ali, Goblin, Wizardnow, Michelle Branch, Sting, The Dresden Dolls, Frank Sinatra, Tom Lehrer
Favorite Books The Etched City, The Doctrine of Labyrinths series, the Secret History, House of Leaves, Sandman, Hellboy, Locke and Key, Black Butler, the complete works of H. P. Lovecraft, Kraken, the complete works of H. G. Wells, Hellsing, Let's Bring Back, The Savoy Cocktail Book, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Illiad, American Gods, Snow/Glass/Apples, The Great God Pan, the White People, Medea, the Bacchae, Concrete: Think Like a Mountain, Faust in all his varied appearances