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October 4, 2015

Our current justice system, from head to toe, branch to branch, isn’t about justice or fairness or nobility or bravery or progression; it’s about maintaining order.

September 27, 2015

It’s 10:09am on Thursday and I’m staring at a mostly empty Google doc. “You were the hardest in tha game,” I tell myself softly. “You’ve just written three articles in a row and now you’re on top of the world. You can do anything, go anywhere. The opinion issue is your only chance to unleash […]

September 20, 2015

On 4 February, 1993, the US government announced its support for the “Clipper Chip”.

September 13, 2015

When it comes to New Zealand we’re pretty myopic, often relegating any islands that aren’t “North” or “South” to a kind of quaint cousin status.

September 6, 2015

The DNA of public displays of punishment, retribution, and discipline can be traced back as far as we can, but stocks and pillories have been supplanted by tweets and poorly-considered Facebook posts

August 16, 2015

You’re a dude and you’re well-intentioned and you want to distinguish yourself from the innumerable fuckbois out there, so you give yourself a new moniker: ally

August 9, 2015

“Books, once they are written, have no need of their authors.” So wrote Elena Ferrante in a correspondence with The New Yorker’s James Wood. This lovely quip is intended as justification of Ferrante’s preference for anonymity (probably pseudonymity); why she insists on being reclusive, out-hermitting even Pynchon. We know that she’s a she because she […]

July 19, 2015

Imagine, after a period of damnable mental decline, you go and see your GP and they prescribe you a SSRI or SSNI

July 12, 2015

This feature, you will notice, deviates from the other articles in this issue and of Salient’s oeuvre—it is a photo-essay, of a sort, and should be interpreted as such first and foremost. However, the terrain of bodies, and especially the way they intersect with issues of sexualisation, commodification, shame, self-doubt, make them fraught territory to […]