In retrospect, a woman with roots in Denmark and Lebanon
Was probably destined to be troubled.
Disdained pop culture like she'd just disembarked from Avalon.
Film note: During a trip with this ex, I made a side-trek to the so-called Ackermansion in L.A., a house filled with monster movie memorabilia by the now-deceased writer/editor Forrest J. Ackerman (it had a tinsel-covered Cylon in the living room as its Christmas tree when I was there) -- and this great New Yorker profile of Guillermo del Toro suggests that he has consciously turned his own L.A. home into a successor to the Ackermansion. Cool. You really sense his love for his craft -- including his Lovecraft.