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

Desiring Machines: Andreas Schulze’s “Vacanze 365” and Thomas Eggerer’s “Todd”
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Desiring Machines: Andreas Schulze’s “Vacanze 365” and Thomas Eggerer’s “Todd”

“…desire is a product of lacking knowledge,” writes Thomas Mann in his sensual novella Death In Venice. Mann’s description of desire not only details the allure of the unknown and unknowable, but it also defines desire in terms of production, lending a perhaps unintentional mechanized overtone to lust and longing. Two current painting exhibitions–Andreas Schulze’s … Continue reading