The Talking Issue

  • My Dad The Air Traffic Controller

    My father has been an Air Traffic Controller at the Philadelphia International Airport since 1985 when I was four years old. This may explain all of the beatings I received from him while I was growing up, given that it's the second most stressful job...

  • An Ex-Bullfighter

    A bull named Terciopelo [Velvet] gored the Colombian bullfighter Álvaro Múnera, aka “El Pilarico,” in 1984, confining him to a wheelchair for life.

  • A Chaos Magician

    In the mid-70s two guys named Peter J. Carroll and Ray Sherwin claimed the ability to alter the subatomic interactions of the quantum universe through gnosis and divination.

  • A Guy Who Was A Test-tube Baby

    Around 30 years ago, some guy jerked off into a cup and the sperm was frozen until a team of doctors dethawed it and injected it into some lady's egg that was in a petri dish or something.

  • Mike Leigh

    I’ve been watching Mike Leigh’s movies for almost 20 years and every time I see a new one I have a fantasy conversation with him afterward.

  • The Detective Who Busted Two Old Ladies...

    This year, in Los Angeles, two senior citizens, Helen Golay, 77, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 75, were convicted of murder. They were both sentenced to consecutive life terms.

  • An Old Japanese Doctor Who Survived Hiroshima

    Japan is still (as of press time on this issue) the only country in the world that has been a victim of the atomic bomb.

  • A Puppet Master

    Here’s what you do: You eat yourself some mushrooms and then you go on down to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater in downtown LA and have yourself a magical little experience.

  • The Ladies Of Duke

    Emily Hunt and Raquel Welsh are the two responsible for the Sydney based, celebrity-trash-culture and op-shop fashion obsessed Duke magazine.

  • Interviews with People Who Just Had Sex With Each Other

    Vice: So you guys just did it...

  • A Sperm Donor Who Has 46 Kids

    My friend's lesbian sister became pregnant a while ago. She found her sperm donor through one of several Dutch websites where women who want kids and guys who will donate sperm contact each other.

  • A Woman Who Made A Documentary About Vaginoplasty

    Recently, Heather plunged herself headfirst into the murky world of vaginoplasty, or “voluntarily having a plastic surgeon chop off your labia.”