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Fighting Talk – For the week…

Fighting Talk – For the week…


Michael Appleton - student, Cambridge
Friday, April 02, 2004

The political fallout from Janet Jackson's "breastcapade", juxtaposed with the praise heaped on Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ, was probably reminder enough that a certain section of Americans (and 'conservative' Westerners generally) are much less comfortable with sexuality than violence. But this interesting review of Thomas W. Laqueur's Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation — by Harvard academic Stephen Greenblatt — argues that "solitary sex" is particularly taboo.


Matt Nippert - apprentice hack, Auckland
Thursday, April 01, 2004
The following is a transcript of the last interview Michael King gave before his untimely passing. It aired March 25, 2004 on 95bFM. Interviewer is Simon Pound, transcriber Matt Nippert.


Tom Goulter - student, Christchurch
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Fifty one point fucking two percent. Just over half the voting-age population in America exercised their democratically sacrosanct right to Rock The Vote in TV's Decision 2000. That's an improvement over the previous election, where less than half (49.8%) of eligible voters honored the principle their forebears had defended from Fritz and Mao and Uncle Joe.


Patrick Crewdson - student, Auckland
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
In the liner notes to his excellent first solo album, Deadringer, RJ Krohn writes 'your' when he means 'you're' and capitalises the first letter of every word for no apparent reason. Even more damagingly as far as credibility goes, he writes 'dog' when he clearly means 'dogg'. But when the only faults you can find in an album are mistakes in the liner notes, You Know Your Dealing With Quality.


Lyndon Hood - unemployed, Lower Hutt
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
A while ago it was pointed out to me that if you append the adjective "Pakeha" in front of every reference to a New Zealander of European descent, you can make the news item of your choice sound pathetically obsessed with race.


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