In 2010 a family of four sold their charming little condo in the increasingly fashionable neighborhood of University Heights. With the money they bought a stripped out house in East San Diego previously owned by human smugglers. Their goal was a radical change in lifestyle that would allow DIY Makerism, self reliance, alternative technology, permaculture, and urban homesteading into their lives in ways their HOA would have never allowed. The ideas that lead them to take this plunge came from the steampunk movement as it was during a brief shining period when art and philosophy seemed at least as important as brass, and great essays, speeches, and letters were written. These days they don't worry so much about what people call "steampunk." They call what they're doing the Greyshade Estate.
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Friday, June 10, 2011
Gatehouse Gazette #18
Since this blog is about our version of a steampunk lifestyle, I try to keep abreast of what other people's versions are also. So from time to time I web search the phrase "steampunk lifestyle." This time I discovered the latest issue of the Gatehouse Gazette, a free web distributed magazine of steampunk and dieselpunk literature. This particular issue is dedicated to “living steampunk” and contains an excellent article by Jacqueline Christi called "Explorations into steampunk lifestyle." Her essay doesn't exactly mention urban homesteading but her exploration into the mentality of the subculture definitely makes me feel included. Does an article like this in a magazine dedicated to steampunk as a genre signal some kind of consensus in the eternal fan culture vs lifestyle debate? You decide.