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01 February 2010 @ 07:39 pm
Look on this trailer, and on this. Do they seem a wee bit similar to you?

Repo! The Genetic Opera --

Repo Men --

H'rrrrrmm.... why couldn't they just have funded Repo! The Genetic Opera better, instead of ripping it off?

One of the creators of Repo! The Genetic Opera (which has been running in one form or another since the late 1990s; Repo Men was ostensibly based on a book which was finally published in November 2009) shares his thoughts here.
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15 December 2009 @ 01:36 am
Documentary on the controversy and crime wave in black metal music in Norway. Trailer posted before, but here again for good measure.

I grew up when people were completely losing it over Marilyn Manson. In the case of Marilyn Manson, this was clearly ridiculous. But apparently in the early 90s Norway had a problem. For 'a problem' read 56 church burnings, one suicide, and two murders.

Black metal, so far as I can tell, stemmed from a deliberate effort to write something cold and alienating in reaction against a culture both liberal and rigidly conformist. The film's weakness is that I still don't understand precisely what prompted that kind of violent musical reaction. What the film does do well is tell the story of how a musical subgenre led directly to a wave of violence and crime, and how the treatment of that story in the press obscured the real reasons which defined it.

The subject seems lurid, but the filmmakers treat it sensitively and intelligently. The film focuses on two major musicians in the genre -- Gylve Nagell of the band Darkthrone, and Vark Vikernes of Burzum. Nagell comes across as a non-fussy, non-melodramatic guy who is both quietly analytical and very musically astute. Vikernes, strikingly articulate and a talented musician, is also clearly a psychopath -- he was sentenced to 21 years in prison for arson and murder (though he's since been released on parole).

The film is very good, both for its exposition of a little-told story, and for the fact that it steps back and lets its subjects do the talking. Though there's a moral judgment to be made, Until the Light Takes Us doesn't insult its audience by pointing and shouting at the obvious conclusions. I like that. Books and articles on the subject seem more interested in condemning obviously condemnable actions than trying to figure out why they happened. The movie lets its participants give the explanations and make the falls. That's a fine line to walk, and Until the Light Takes Us walks it quite well.

Go see it if you can. The only Canadian screening right now is in Winnipeg, of all places, but if enough people email the Bloor Cinema (info at bloorcinema dot com) I bet we could get it to come to Toronto. I know I would see it again in a heartbeat.*

*I wanted to see this movie so much that during finals period I dragged my visiting boyfriend on the 8h round-trip bus ride to New York for the exclusive purpose of seeing this film. Totally worth it.
Current Music: None of Your Business -- [Salt n Pepa]
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10 December 2009 @ 02:41 pm
Shipping is $3, and these bottles will ship on Monday morning, or tomorrow afternoon if payment is received before ~9AM. Let me know if you have tea or frimping preferences, and I will try to accommodate :) (sorry, rich text isn't working on my laptop for some reason so all this is formatted a bit funny...)

**would swap for: Skadi; Ice Queen; Come to Me bottle with old label (partials ok); Ivanushka bottles/decants (partials ok)**

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*5mL Treat 1 (full to neck) -- $24* GONE
5mL Lady Lilith (lab-full, tested once) -- $19
*5mL Snake Oil, 3.25 years old (Aug 06; full to mid-label) -- Not sure how to price this one. Suggestions? offers? whatever, I just don't know what's reasonable.* GONE
*5mL Chaste Moon (1/3 full) -- $16* GONE
5mL Red Rose (full to top of label) -- $16
5mL E Pluribus Unum (little more than half-full) -- $6
*5mL Chaos Theory V: Dorian (full way up neck; smells to me like Dorian with a touch more sugar, and something smoother anchoring the blend; FWIW I like this *way* more than actual Dorian) -- $9* GONE
*5mL La Fee Verte (cleanly decanted from the original 10mL into a blue 5mL; about 3/4 full) -- $12* GONE
5mL Havisham (half-full; label has been treated to prevent wear) -- $36
(*really* sad to let this one go, but I just don't wear it enough... someone else can give it more love than me)
5mL Devil's Night 09 (lab full; sniffed only) -- $13
5mL White Rabbit (lab full; sniffed only) -- $15
*5mL The Girl (tested once; NOT for me) -- $17* GONE

*2xCandy Butcher -- $7 each or $12 together* GONE
*2xHellhound on my Trail -- $7 each or $13 together* GONE
1xAlbedo -- $9 (got a little carried away there)
3xEgg'd Mailbox -- $4.50 each or $12 together
2xArachne -- $4
*0.5xDed Moroz -- $2 or swap for When the Winter Chrysanthemums Go* GONE
0.5xEmma -- $1.50 or swap for When the Winter Chrysanthemums Go
*0.5xPink Snowballs -- $2 or swap for When the Winter Chrysanthemums Go* GONE
1xBlack Temple Burlesque Troupe -- $3 or swap for When the Winter Chrysanthemums Go
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06 December 2009 @ 10:16 pm
**sorry, can't do an lj-cut because Rich Text format won't work on my computer right now. What the hell?**

What does winter look like? -- snow on the ground, bare trees, dirty slush if you live in the city, people walking around with hunched shoulders in lots of clothing, things covered in clear ice, white puffs of people's breath in the air..

What does winter feel like? -- cold of course, the weird icy hotness that happens when you finally get indoors, chapped skin, numb stiffened knuckles that are clumsy, toasty warmth under layers of clothes, dry cold air smarting the inside of your lungs...

What does winter smell like?

Next time someone comes indoors after a while walking around on a very cold day, inhale a sniff of the smell that clings to them for a minute. It smells piercing and slightly sweet, and with a little bit of whatever the outside smells like mixed in.

Often we experience things through only one or two senses. I got to thinking about this because of sensation novels. Sensation novels were a genre that suddenly burst into English fiction in the 1860s, and were almost unique to that decade (although their influence certainly reverberated through later Victorian fiction). Sensation novels dealt with deliberately shocking themes -- murder, incest, insanity, bigamy, crime -- but instead of placing them in comfortably faraway settings, like Gothic fiction, those dangerous ideas were imported into the familiar world. They were called sensation novels because they were said to provoke literal sensations on the skin, like goosebumps, or the feeling of "blood running cold". You don't really think about books as sensations (except perhaps holding the physical book); when you're reading, you don't even really feel like you're *looking* at the words on the page. Novels are kind of supposed to bypass the physical world and plug straight into the imagination. The sensation novel was threatening largely because it dealt with these very scary themes in a way that was literally close to home for Victorian readers, but also because the stories seemed to move beyond the boundaries of the book onto the reader's body.
Alison Winter's book _Mesmerized: Powers of Mind in Victorian Britain_ discusses the fascination with "mesmerism" in Victorian Britain, where the mesmerizer exercised his power mind to affect the subject's physical body. It You can read a limited preview of it in Google Books. The preoccupation with and danger of mesmerism was much the same as that of sensation novels: the boundaries of the physical and mental were no longer discrete.

Sensation novels also dealt with the unreliability of physical appearances. Many doctors and psychologists of the age subscribed, more or less, to the theory of physiognomy: that character could be read on the body. The photographs of Hugh Welch Diamond are a good example of this. Hugh Welch Diamond was an amateur photographer who produced images of women in sanitariums and asylums, and exhibited to the public; later, etchings were made of his photos to be put into medical texts. Those etchings were supposed to represent the physical characteristics of the various illnesses the women had; tellingly, many of the etchings were altered from the original photos to "better represent" contemporary physical stereotypes of the Face of Madness (the title of an excellent book by Sander L. Gilman on the subject). This would seem to contradict my earlier point, that the loss of a strict division between mental and physical was scary for the Victorians. Yes, it still was, and novels that make use of the theory of physiognomy (_Great Expectations_ and _Jane Eyre_ are good examples) usually have a dark or Gothic tone; they are sort of scary in and of themselves, better able to make use of uneasy themes. But sensation novels and mesmerism share a certain horror and fascination because they represent the exercise of another person's mental control over an unwilling body -- an undifferentiated control, moreover, because the mesmerizer could mesmerize more than one subject, and the sensation novel was supposed to elicit sensations in readers generally.
Physiognomy stated that character showed up on the body, which is a safe belief: you can literally see evil. Sensation novels were about bodies abstracted from character. _Lady Audley's Secret_ told the story of a small, delicate, feminine woman who turned out to be a bigamous madwoman. _The Woman in White_ turns upon the uncanny physical resemblance between the novel's pure and gentle love interest and her father's illegitimate and mentally deficient secret child.

In sensation novels, physiognomy falls to pieces, rendering the familiar and comforting horrifying; books can enact physical sensations and mental powers can put people in trances. Victorians' literal experience of the physical world was jarred. They were forced into experiencing things beyond their conception of sensation. In the case of physiognomy, sight was revealed to be inadequate. In the case of mesmerism and sensation novels, Victorians were forced to experience physical sensations whose very existence (like, perhaps, the idea of a smell of winter) was surprising and discomfiting. Sensation novels were thematically linked to mesmerism, medicine, physiognomy and psychology, among a host of other things. The problems it revealed were the limitations of certain sensory experiences, and the shocking existence of others.
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10 November 2009 @ 11:56 pm

That bottle will easily go for $200. It is one of my favourite scents.

that is all.
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07 November 2009 @ 01:51 pm
 ...or of my style, anyway. I was thinking about it earlier today -- fashion has been very formative for me, and man have things changed. This will be boring for many of you, but I have never really looked back on it before now..

Suburban Housewife PhaseCollapse )

Wannabe Goth PhaseCollapse )

The Competitive SpiritCollapse )

KandiCollapse )

Nowadays I've still got a pretty unstable aesthetic, but it's settled down a bit. I like black and white and muted tones, and emerald green and pale pink. I like my clothes quite fitted. I wear sullen all-black outfits with harsh makeup, or else floofy skirts and cute little sweaters like a modern Stepford wife. I like huge ridiculous accessories, not wimply little pretty floral jewellery -- in fact, I'm not big on anything insipid. Basically I haven't figured out quite what works for me, but I've got a better idea -- one that will always, I think, involve a lot of black. I've gotten around to wearing pearls again, but I definitely prefer my pretty little silver scalpel pendant, which I never remove. I Know Fashion -- not just what I like but what designers are doing and who is doing interesting stuff. And I don't have any pale-yellow cashmere twinsets in my closet.

*At this age, I could discern on sight between freshwater, salt-water, real baroque, garden-variety fake, and Swarovski crystal pearls. My parents should have seen it coming.
**not by any formal ranking. by the number of admiring comments I got, and minute observation of everyone else's outfits. I'm very competitive, even when there's no actual competition.
***from the drugstore. The herbal kind you get in the vitamins section. Not drugs. calm down.

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Current Music: Mossman's Epoch -- [Battle Circus]
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04 November 2009 @ 08:49 am
5mL La Fee Verte -- decanted into clean 5mL from original 10mL; full (semi-picky but would swap for old label Come to Me or White Rabbit in a heartbeat)
5mL Treat 1 -- full to neck
5mL Chaste Moon -- between 1/3 and 1/2 full *picky-ish*
5mL Monster Bait: Underpants -- about half-full *PICKY*

1x1mL Pink Moon 05
1x1mL Strawberry Moon 05
3x1mL Egg'd Mailbox
2x1mL Arachne
0.5x1mL Hollyberry
1x1mL Scattered Gloom
1x1mL Gluhwein
3x1mL La Fee Verte

Could decant, for the right swap:
-Original Snake Charmer
-Aged Snake Oil (Summer 2006, so three years old...)
-Crypt Queen
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01 November 2009 @ 08:31 am
 This documentary looks pretty interesting, and the few reviews that exist are very positive. I hope there is a Boston screening. Probably wouldn't be comfortable going by myself, as I am pretty easily rattled, but I do really want to see it. Willing to schlepp out to New York or Providence if the Boston date is after I leave...

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26 October 2009 @ 12:25 am
 stole the phrase from sarahtales. But it is so apt. I must now complain, though I promise not to be too lengthy.

-I have COMPLETED law school applications (as in all transcripts, references, statements and supplements) due in one week.
-I have my senior thesis due in two weeks.
-My lovely boyfriend is coming on Thursday, which makes my heart flutter BUT which necessarily means I will get less done.
-I am sick.

Kill me now.

**ETA: black jellybeans atop the Woe Cake**

-there was a concert last night and I forgot to buy tickets so had to pay through the nose
-the concert was a 45-minute subway ride away
-there was a printed sheet of paper on the door saying "Concert rescheduled to 31 January 2010."
-I went the wrong way on the T for three stops on the way home
-that girl from class still hasn't gotten in touch
-It's raining.


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Current Music: A Daisy Chain 4 Satan -- [My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult]
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This journal appears to have turned into a repository for my movie reviews. Oh well! :D
Reluctant high school pageant contestant meets roller derby. awesomeness ensues. Trailer available here. 

Ellen Page + roller derby. There was really no way this could go wrong. As the trailer indicates, this move is really funny, as well as being populated by actresses I like (rarely do I get attached to actors in this way! It's weird. Laura Mulvey would probably have something to say about that). Ellen Page is rapidly approaching Amanda Seyfriend territory for me, as in I will go to see a movie just because she's in it. Fortunately that is not the only reason to see Whip It. It's a cute story -- fortunately not Heartwarming; any movie described as Heartwarming should be avoided like the plague -- and it's really well-acted, and it's a lot of fun. The movie would be worth it for the roller derby scenes alone, or for the character Smashley Simpson (played by Drew Barrymore). She's a secondary character but she is hilarious. Also has awesome hair. Made me momentarily want to back to long and blonde.

It's funny, it's well acted, it's action-packed (roller derby is rough in this film!) for a certain value of action, and also it has tough awesome female characters who resist being caricatures, and who don't fall apart under pressure. There's not a lot more I can say about this movie other than you'll be happier about the world after you've seen it, and the 2h and $10 you spent on it will seem cheap for the entertainment value.