Astrid

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About me

Gender FEMALE
Location Atlanta, GA, United States
Introduction I am a pop culture buff and collector, who focuses on the odd, subversive, and fringe elements of Western culture. In 2005, I edited a book for Feral House called "Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties." The vintage oddities in my collection include victoriana, sideshow, medical, and kitsch. I am also an amateur sewer, making clothing from vintage mod patterns.
Interests Writing fiction (mostly short stories), Writing Non Fiction (check out the book I edited-- "Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties), Lowbrow/Pop Surrealism Painters, People who are outside the norm, Challenging the system, anti-establishment, equity, feminism, literature, sociology, psychology, music, travel, systems analysis, deconstruction of institutions, asking why?, questioning authority, questioning hierarchy, questioning tradition, language deconstruction, meeting new people and developing my character database, keeping my eyes open constantly for story ideas or tidbits to include within stories, snarking about real-life things my friends and I find annoying (i.e. pet peeve: when a sales person tries to pressure you to buy a piece of clothing by giving an unsolicited opinion about how great it looks on you, even if it looks like crap), going to events that other people might find odd, because I want to have a story about it.
Favorite Movies TOP MOVIES: Ghost World, About Schmidt, Election, Fight Club, American Beauty/ OTHER FAVORITES: John Waters movies (Pink Flamingos, Desperate Living, etc), Hard Candy, Oldboy, Gozu, Audition, Borat, Living Dead Trilogy, Dawn of the Dead (new version), zombie movies, apocalyptic movies (I like the idea of the world as we know it ending), Margaret Cho comedy movies.
Favorite Music The Beatles (number one band of all time), Julian Lennon, Richard Butler, The Psychedelic Furs, The Weakerthans, John K. Samson, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, System of a Down, The Killers, Muse, Fiona Apple, Billy Bragg and Wilco, Nine Inch Nails, Love Spit Love
Favorite Books TOP AUTHORS (in no particular order): Dan Clowes, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Heinlein, Chuck Palahniuk, George Saunders, Jack Kerouac/ TOP BOOKS (in no particular order): Slaughterhouse Five by Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions by Vonnegut, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater by Vonnegut, Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein, Brave New World by Huxley, The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger, Desolation Angels by Kerouac, On the Road by Kerouac, Anthem by Rand, The Handmaid's Tale by Atwood, Ghost World by Clowes, Animal Farm by Orwell, 1984 by Orwell, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Kesey, Caricature by Clowes, Ice Haven by Clowes, This Perfect Day by Levin, Mockingbird by Tevis, Pastoralia by George Saunders, Fight Club by Palahniuk, Choke by Palahniuk, Survivor by Palahniuk, Lullaby by Palahniuk