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Arts

September 17, 2018

Given the theme in Salient this week, I thought it would be prudent to look back at some of the seminal releases from a genre that encapsulates physicality, romance, sensuality, swagger, and charisma. Neo-soul is a genre I gravitate towards when listening to music, or discovering artists from years ago, and I think it dominates […]

September 17, 2018

Whenever I have a small wound, maybe a pin prick or a scab that I’ve peeled off too soon, I watch the blood blossom, slightly delayed, out of it. I press on the wound firmly, until the skin around it goes white, then release my finger and enjoy the redness flooding back into my flesh. […]

September 17, 2018

There’s something that everyone knows about sex, but few people ever say, and it is this: sex is interesting. Regardless of whether you’re having it or not having it, or how you’re “doing it”, sex is interesting. This fact implicitly fills magazines and shops and bedrooms and, indeed, books. Doing It, by Hannah Witton, is one […]

September 17, 2018

5. Skins Skins is about teens being sexy and stressful, and was a necessary part of growing up in the mid-to-late 2000s, along with thinking anyone with a side fringe was hot, and MSN group chats. While I was in the same age bracket as the characters on Skins when season one aired, the whole […]

September 17, 2018

This podcast is the antithesis of eroticism. You will not feel aroused, you will not feel keen to bone, but you might feel like having a pleasant chuckle to yourself. As my wise friend Liberty said of this podcast: your funny bone may be stimulated but your other bone will not be. In short, if […]

September 17, 2018

Soft Tissue is an abstract theater creation from Ella Gilbert.The play claims to be “an affectionate comedy about the absurd performances of the ‘weaker’ sex. It moves between observations and conversations — explores the sexy, the grotesque and the beautiful parts of being human — and laughs at them along the way.” But what was […]

September 17, 2018

Porn really loses its appeal after you’ve gotten off, but I suffered through more than an hour of this 133 minute monstrosity — drunk, alone, on a Sunday — in the name of journalistic integrity. What is Batman v Superman XXX? It’s Batman v Superman, except not. The Joker’s kidnapped Lois Lane, Superman’s off banging […]

September 11, 2018

I. First of all the name of this pukapuka, “Poūkahangatus”, is a hybridized word! Mixing Māori and the name of iconic Disney princess “Pocahontas”. How relevant right!? We love indigenous relevance, especially when it comes to wāhine Māori, feminism and empowerment. Which is exactly what this collection of poems vibrate, compelling you deep into the […]

September 11, 2018

Suicide is a huge epidemic within New Zealand. The fact that so many people, especially young rangatahi, are suffering from mental health in our own communities, highlights how great of an issue this really is. It is a topic that is rarely spoken about, and an issue that is rarely addressed by mainstream media here […]