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Law And Order: Dawn Mellor’s “Sirens” And The Allure Of Lady Detectives
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Law And Order: Dawn Mellor’s “Sirens” And The Allure Of Lady Detectives

This week, I spent a little too much time attempting to be Tracker McDyke, an aptly named lesbian private eye searching for a trans woman Tessy LaFemme in the 1980s video game Caper in the Castro. The landmark first LGBT-themed video game, Caper in the Castro was long assumed to be a lost relic–gone the way of the 8-track and LaserDisc

But, the Internet Archive recently got their hands on a copy courtesy of floppy disks found by the game’s developer C.M. Ralph, who sent the game to Andrew Borman, the Digital Games curator at the Museum of Play in Rochester. Created as “CharityWare,” encouraging players to donate to an AIDS charity of their choice, Caper in the Castro takes players through the gay-borhood as Tracker finds herself in the center of a larger conspiracy, which includes, of course, several bars. Continue reading

Merry Christmas From The Black Lodge!: Jherek Bischoff’s “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Walk With Me”
Lost In The Bang Bang Bar / Music

Merry Christmas From The Black Lodge!: Jherek Bischoff’s “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Walk With Me”

As you know, dearest Filthy Dreams readers, we, here at Filthy Dreams, spent most of the year obsessing about Twin Peaks: The Return. Even after the show’s finale in September, we’ve been stuck in the Roadhouse, haunted by not-Laura Palmer’s final scream and whisper. I still close my eyes and see Laura pulling off her … Continue reading

From The Filthy Dreams Kitchen: Horrible Vintage Foods To Frighten Your Holiday Party Guests
Camp / Trash

From The Filthy Dreams Kitchen: Horrible Vintage Foods To Frighten Your Holiday Party Guests

Why hello there, dearest Filthy Dreams readers! I didn’t hear you come in over my manic mixing of gelatin and mayonnaise. Come, grab yourself a glass or three of peppermint martinis. Sure, they taste like regret, but what worthwhile doesn’t, Mary. Even though we recently published our suggestions for terrifying vintage foods for your Thanksgiving, … Continue reading

Over Ten Years Later, Is “Factory Girl” Still The Worst Art Film Ever Made?
Art / Film

Over Ten Years Later, Is “Factory Girl” Still The Worst Art Film Ever Made?

Last week, Vanity Fair published “Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick: A Brief, White-Hot and Totally Doomed Romance,” a rambling yet nostalgic look into Andy and Edie’s short-lived mutual obsession. Comparing Andy and Edie to, at once, Marilyn Monroe and Romeo and Juliet, the article is a lot, but it also managed to rekindle my fascination … Continue reading

Just Turn On With Me And You’re Not Alone: “A Selection From The Greer Lankton Archive” At The Mattress Factory
Art

Just Turn On With Me And You’re Not Alone: “A Selection From The Greer Lankton Archive” At The Mattress Factory

In her essay “Video Remains: Nostalgia, Technology and Queer Archive Activism,” Alexandra Juhasz discusses the importance of “queer archive activism” in preserving the lives of queer folks. Speaking in reference to her own documentary Video Remains, Juhasz explains, “It is not our suffering that is compelling but our willingness to name and record it, and in so doing, make communal and move into the present” (328). Continue reading

The Art Life: Nayland Blake’s “#IDrawEveryDay”
Art

The Art Life: Nayland Blake’s “#IDrawEveryDay”

“Writing & Drawing Are Sister Arts,” announces banners flowing from an old-timey quill pen on a drawing in Nayland Blake’s solo exhibition #IDrawEveryDay at Matthew Marks Gallery. Even though this proper, decadent illustration, culled from a book of 19th century penmanship exercises, seems at odds with the bulls, bears and bunnies in the surrounding drawings, the work, titled 6.1.15, acts as the show’s manifesto. As with the sister arts of writing and drawing, Blake reveals how daily drawing practice can record a visual memoir. Continue reading