FATALE & the History of Salomé

This is the third time I’m wri­ting about a digi­tal work by Fle­mish duo Tale of Tales, and that alone says some­thing about the capa­city of their releases to in­spire dis­cussion. I started with the peaceful MMO The End­less Forest, and also did a short bit on The Grave­yard. Conti­nuing the chrono­logical trend would leave The Path as my next sub­ject - argu­ably their best and most game-like work - but writing about that fasci­nating psycho­logical horror piece still seems rather daun­ting. Instead, I’m stick­ing to the slightly more manage­able FATALE and explo­ring a bit of what it has to say about the figure of Salomé and how she’s been treated through­out his­tory. […Read more…]

The Viewpoint of Eternity

I came across the schema below in Olaf Staple­don’s book Star Maker. The book in gene­ral made a very favour­able im­press­ion on me, as you can read in the short review I wrote on Good­reads. How­ever, this one bit in par­ticular I wanted to high­light on this blog, as it speaks direct­ly to the title, Sub Specie. […Read more…]

Haunted by the Past: Retromania and Fear

Ein Gespenst geht um… Haunto­logy is one of those buzzwords that get thrown around in an attempt to put a finger on cer­tain cul­tural trends. Deriving ulti­mately from Jac­ques Der­rida, in ref­er­ence to the opening sen­tence of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ Com­munist Mani­festo, the term nowadays is used to refer to the ‘ghosts’ haunting our cul­ture; the […Read more…]