In Depth

Indulging the obsessions that form the foundations of our individual geek identities, In Depth takes you along for the ride as a Twin Cities Geek contributor goes into detail about a given topic they just can’t – and don’t want to – stop thinking about. This should be fun!

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and “Git Gud”

“C’mon, let’s play something else!” I don’t remember what year it was, or which place I was living, or anything that seems like it would be actually important. But I do remember that my brother was visiting. I got to see him some weekends, and I adored him. The happiest times of my childhood were spent with my brother. That time was precious to me, and limited. When he came, we played video games. Well, he played. I mostly watched. I delighted in...

Octavia Butler, Donald Trump, and Finding Truth in Speculative Fiction

“Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies. To be led by a tyrant is to sell...

Yeah, I’m a Nerd, and I Have the Ink to Prove It

When I was a kid, I thought tattoos were stupid. Why would you put a mark on your body that would be there forever? What if you didn’t like it anymore? Thankfully, I got over that a few years ago. Now, nine tattoos later, I’m looking back on what it means to have all this ink; particularly, what it means to have the nerdy ink that I have. Tattoos are like a journal on the body. They’re a way...

Grown Geeks: Geeks Who Kink

In exploring the relationship between geek culture and sexuality—which so far I’ve done here for nonmonogamy, asexuality, and gay geek women—it’s clear there is quite a bit of overlap when it comes to certain groups. As an example, an article at Vocativ last fall looked at the presence of the kink community within the renaissance festival, or RenFest, community. Corsets are everywhere at RenFest, so the large presence of kinksters in among festival-goers may not come as a huge surprise....

My Bold and Beautiful Voltron Epic

I couldn’t have been older than eight. My mother, my brother, and I were on summer vacation in Bombay in my grandparents’ apartment, and my aunt and two cousins had just flown in. We were splayed around the bedroom, on the bed and on mattresses on the floor. I, being the baby of the family (a title that time shows I might never live down), was in the center of the bed, as that was spatially economical. We’d already...

The MN Hip-Hop Scene is Full of Geeks Making Really Cool Music

After I wrote about a certain Star Wars boom-bap joint on some other blog, I got to talking with an editor here at Twin Cities Geek about writing it up here as well. Then I got the notion that we could go further, and look not just at this lone song but at the greater sphere of geek culture within the Twin Cities’ hip-hop community. My editor asked something along the lines of, “How many hip-hop artists are geeks?”...

Grown Geeks: The Reality of Gay Geek Girls

In the previous installments of my Grown Geeks series, I’ve talked with local geeks about nonmonogamy and asexuality within the geek community. This time around, I’m taking a look at the experiences of gay- and lesbian-identified women in the community. In addition to discussing two interviewees, I will also reflect upon some of my own experiences with being a gay geek woman. Being a gay woman in any community can pose some challenges when it comes to things such...

Are Today’s Superheroes Tomorrow’s Gods?

If you visit the Hindu Temple of Minnesota in Maple Grove, you’ll find yourself directed to the main hall, which is the heart of the establishment. Along the border of the main hall are shrines dedicated to different Hindu deities that you can kneel and pray to. Each deity is dressed and surrounded by vibrant colors, and their two to ten hands are carrying unique symbolic talismans, from swords to flowers to conch shells. There’s enough visual stimulus going on...

Grown Geeks: Nonmonogamy and Polyamory in the Minnesota Geek Community

Geeks, in general, seem to be largely accepting of alternative identities, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there is a large overlap between the nonmonogamous community and the geek community (like this article on openingup.net, for instance). Recently nonmonogamous relationship structures have been gaining more discussion in mainstream discourses, and the discovery of this overlap between geek communities and nonmonogamous/poly communities is one that I find very interesting and feel compelled to learn more about. First,...

Bryan Thao Worra and the “Shadow-Haunted Outside”

Bryan Thao Worra has done something I’ve always thought to be impossible. In his writing, mostly poetry, he’s managed to merge traditional mythology with pop culture and garner the respect of the “serious” literature scene. I know there are many writers who blend traditional narratives with more modern kinds of storytelling, but I think he is alone as someone who can mention Mothra in a poem and have it be taken as serious work (and I say this as...
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