Letters: Fight Club, Sounds of Saturn

Scott Simon reaches into the mailbag to read listeners' letters. Topics include criticism for a recent "fight club" piece and reaction to the sounds of Saturn.

Copyright © 2005 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

SCOTT SIMON, host:

Time now for your letters.

(Soundbite of music and typing)

SIMON: There were many letters about last week's story by reporter Nick Miroff about fight clubs in Silicon Valley. David Austin from Marlton, New Jersey, wrote, `With all the violence in the world right now--the wars, the genocides, the rampant killing in the streets of America--what could possibly motivate NPR to run a story like this? Wow, how insightful, an in-depth look at a bunch of obviously self-absorbed, self-loathing, stuck-at-age-13 knuckleheads pounding the bejesus out of each other for the entertainment of an obviously deranged older pervert, the one who supplies his garage. There was absolutely no redeeming value to this story.'

Ted Gilley from North Bennington, Vermont, wrote, `The idea apparently accepted as normal by the participants that beating one another with fists and sticks is a legitimate means of self-expression is about as far from the reality of an authentic expression of manhood as can be imagined. But what was more disturbing was that I didn't find the report surprising. After all, in a country where the young men increasingly resemble a gang of bikers, what could be more normal than formalized mayhem. One can only imagine what values such men will pass onto their sons.'

And last week, we also ran a story about Chris Joyce about the sounds that the planet Saturn makes.

(Soundbite of space noise)

SIMON: Ann Lincoln(ph), Harwood, Maryland, says, `I was in my barn tacking up my horse while listening to your program when space noise started coming out of the radio and my horse turned around in his stall, ears pricked listening very intently. I tried to get his mind back on the matter at hand, but he was having none of it. Was he hearing his deep primordial voices? When the noise stopped, so did he.'

And this from Barbara Shore in Sacramento. `Imagine my surprise to hear literally that Saturn sounds exactly like the soundtrack of Disney's '50s live action film "Forbidden Planet." I hate to disappoint the scientists overseeing the Saturn project, but they could have saved themselves a lot of time just by tuning into an oldies station and sitting back with a box of popcorn.'

(Soundbite of space noises)

SIMON: Wherever you are in the universe, you can write us by going to npr.org and clicking on `contact us.' And when you write, please tell us where you're from and how we should pronounce your name.

(Soundbite of space noises)

SIMON: Twenty-two minutes before the hour.

Copyright © 2005 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.