the image above, one would think that this was the summer issue. In
fact, the photograph was taken at Venice Beach, California, in early
January when the rest of the country was wrapped in down coats and slogging
through dirty slush in mukluks. But then again, this is California where,
if you aren't cycling to the beach in your surf trunks with your Fender
Strat and Pignose amp, you’re sipping Cosmos at a sidewalk cafe
in West Hollywood. A couple of hours before sundown, drummers from all
parts of L.A. will converge on the beach behind our Sunday soloist,
bringing an array of congas, djembes, bongos, ashikas, and full kits
to drum El Sol down to the horizon and beyond. In a land where
there is little difference from one season to the next, nowhere are
public displays of art and music more visible and unabashedly embraced.
State artist Maxine Martell returns with 21 paintings from her Cabinets
of Curiosity series. Her charcoal drawings appeared in the
April 2002 issue.
Debra Scolari works in Ojai, California, the Shangri La
of the 1937 film Lost Horizon. We present 15 of her new works
from a series titled Nature’s
In Norm Nason’s essay, Vincent
van Gogh and Aesthetic Guilt, he states that ...today’s
global society possesses the longest, most accessible, most permanent
memory in the history of mankind. This sets the stage for a deeper appreciation
of the past than was ever possible before.
photographer Raj Naik is also a graphic artist, web designer,
motion graphics artist, and composer. We invited him to design his own
feature for his series India:
The Divine Visions.
Widely exhibited in Israel, England, and the U.S., Jerusalem-based Reva
Sharon presents twenty images from her Into
the Land of Seeing series.
for virtual * visual : people
- places - things, an International Juried Online Photographic
Exhibition presented by Women In Photography International. Open to female
photographers; deadline: July 1, 2004.
entries from our popular Photo
This Johnny Walker commercial is too good not to share it’s one of the
most intriguing and imaginative items we’ve seen in a long time. From the people at Framestore CFC,
whose portfolio includes work on such films as Cold Mountain, Love Actually, and Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. Click on the image (requires
Quicktime for Mac or PC).
The controversy of Mel Gibson’s The Passion
has stirrred up an array of feelings and opinions from Juneau to Jerusalem. Here are two viewpoints
from Stephen Simon (producer of Somewhere in
Time and What Dreams May Come) and TheScreamOnline writer Danusha
What if John Lennon had quit the Beatles in a row just
before they signed their first recording contract? One possibility: the
Beatles would not have been great but merely famous, Lennon would still
be alive but leading a life of haunted bitterness, and nothing in popular
music would be quite what it should be. Ian
MacLeod’s novella “Snodgrass”
first appeared in In Dreams in 1992 and was chosen for that year’s
volume of The Year’s Best Science Fiction (St. Martin’s),
edited by Gardner Dozois. TheScreamOnline takes great pleasure
in republishing this landmark story, with its Joycean richness of language
and allusion. “Snodgrass” takes the genre of the alternate-history
fantasy to a new level, offering a passionate allegory of art’s
need to embrace exile and rebellion right up to the point of self-destruction.
As young playmates in a Utah trailer park, Dee and Mickey formed a bond
that went beyond time, beyond self or so he insisted. When she
demurs, he offers an unforgettable, unanswerable argument in Mary Maddox’s
fine story “What
Love Is,” published here for the first time.
Moore’s “Baseball, Hot
Dogs, Mescaline, and Chevrolet” is an essay utilizing a passage
from Aldous Huxleys Doors of Perception. And it’s
a riot of a read!
is in my eyes more precious than a bridge, opines Erica Johnson Debeljak
in “The Market and the
Three Bridges, a Portrait of Ljubljana.”
Szumowskis poems speak of some of the sad truths of life: brothers
dying, lovers parting, fathers and mothers saying goodbye to their children
for what they know is the last time but always she reminds us of
the joy that was and the joy that may be again.
the party line, revisionist history, freedom of speech, and the school
of prevailing thought are but some of the topics in “Four
Legs Good, Two Legs Better.”
STRANGE & BIZARRE
the tradition of past hits such as Hats of Meat and House of Cheese, we
present Jason Kronenwald’s Gum
Blondes — portraits out of chewed bubblegum.
mots, witticisms, and just plain stupidity. I think if you know
what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can’t
answer your question. —George W. Bush.
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art doesn’t portray just one side, it embraces both.
yawn is an honest opinion openly expressed.
you catch an adjective, kill it.
(replace the *AT* with @)
Sonja Mongar—Non Fiction
Creative Consultant—Joanne Warfield
Erica Johnson Debeljak, Danusha Goska, Thom Hartmann
Kronenwald, Ian MacLeod, Mary Maddox, Maxine Martell
Dinty Moore, Raj Naik, Norm Nason, Debra Scolari
Reva Sharon, Stephen Simon, Margaret Szumowski, Stuart Vail
Our mascot Cody.
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