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A disgraceful but entertaining adornment to the architectural summer has been the anonymous publication of a samizdat title called Erection. The tone is set by the front cover, featuring an image lifted (probably) from a gay porn magazine, in which the cover-boy's most impressive feature is replaced by a suitably sized image of Norman Foster's 'erotic gherkin'. Inside are satirical attacks, bar surveys (the authors must be Clerkenwell-based) and generally naughty stuff, but architecturally informed. The funniest bit is a column called 'Dear Rem', which answers pretend letters from the famous, this one from Farshid Moussavi:

'Dear Rem, I want to be the most famous female architect in the world, but what do I do about Zaha? Do I kill her?' The Koolhaas 'answer': 'One man's hatred cannot alter another man's destiny.' The authors are threatening a 'celebrity issue' this autumn, and are seeking material at erectionmag@hotmail. com. Not for the faint-hearted?

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