It is now “Aught Two,” a date last seen by our grandparents and great-grandparents, and one day we will say to our grandchildren, “I remember back in Aught-two....” We seem to have survived the millennium doomsday predictions, the shortsightedness of those responsible for the DOS 2k bug, and yet another century of land-rights squabbles the world over (more on that in the editorial). Even those who have tried to bring the writings of Nostradamus to fruition have failed to summon the armies of Armageddon, for Nostradamus’ output is nothing if not merely a blueprint for terrorism. Anyone can make a prediction come true simply by doing the act.

In the midst of the ever-increasing worldwide strife, TheScreamOnline (das Geschrei) finds its mission to be all the more important in delivering moments of peace and beauty within its pages. We sincerely hope that those who partake of the talents within will carry with them elements of the creative spirit that went into the artwork, poetry, stories, humor, and images that we have to offer. As the head of the photo unit for the United Nations, our lead photographer, John Isaac, covered the killing fields of Cambodia, the famine in Ethiopia, Desert Storm, the plight of Palestinian refugees, and the conflicts in Bosnia and Rwanda, but he now trains his camera on things of beauty—a mission no less commendable than his distinguished career as a sensitive and compassionate photojournalist. It is in that spirit that we continue onward, through the bombs and burning buildings—for without Art, we are no more than a pack of marauding jackals.

TheScreamOnline is now quarterly — appearing four times a year, though we have expanded the issue to include more articles and more featured contributors per category. The creative output of many incredible people has graced this magazine, including that of writers, artists, photographers, musicians, and even a virtual broadcaster—made not of flesh and bone, but of ones and zeros. There is a lot to see and read, so treat it as you would any other magazine — put it down, come back, and get to know it over time. You may discover new goodies tucked away in a corner. Enjoy!

ART
TheScreamOnline was so jazzed by the digital art of Vancouver artist Ken Brown that we invited him to design his own feature. Strap on your seat belts and launch into “Better Living Through Cool Art.”

PHOTOGRAPHY
As stated above, John Isaac has seen it all as the chief photographer of the United Nation’s photography unit. His award-winning work documenting the tragedies of human conflict has been seen by millions the world over. He now chooses to “shoot” that which celebrates the best of what this planet has to offer: the natural beauty of life, people, and places.

Scottish photographer Alex Hamilton was an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and his work was widely exhibited in the UK and abroad during the 1940’s and 1950’s, as well as appearing in published collections, including the American Annual of Photography.

Women In Photography International just celebrated their 20th year by hosting an exhibition at the House of Photographic Art in San Juan Capistrano, California. 75 works by 63 women make up a most impressive show that will travel the world for two years. See the six prize winners here.

See a QTVR (QuickTime Virtual Reality) movie showing a pre-9/11, 360° view of New York City from atop the Empire State Building, courtesy of Sunny S. Unal Photography. Especially poignant is the view of the World Trade Center in the distance.

Readers of TheScreamOnline know photographer/writer Larry Lytle’s writings on William Mortensen (parts III and IV will follow in upcoming issues). In this issue he begins a new series of essays on the Art of photography, beginning with “Where Do We Come From?” followed by “Light and Photography” and “Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction.” Stay tuned for his “Shroud” pictorial in the April 2002 issue.

FEBRUARY UPDATE: On January 18-20 TheScreamOnline covered the most prestigious photo l.a.—the immensely popular West Coast event for fine photography, featuring the collections of galleries and private dealers from around the world and produced by the Stephen Cohen Gallery.

MUSIC
Dean Mora’s L.A.-based band, “Mora’s Modern Rhythmists,” has faithfully kept real Swing and Jazz Hot music alive for the last 8 years. Read all about it and listen to excerpts from the CD’s.

Louis Armstrong’s “50 Hot Choruses for Cornet”: Long-lost sheet music from 1927.

EDITORIAL
In “Owning a Piece of the Rock” editor and Head Screamer Stuart Vail ponders the Western concept of land possession as put forth by a certain “party-crashing Spaniard,” and perpetuated by today’s continuing penchant for the plundering of others.

COMMENTARY
A film about Arab terrorists attacking New York? “The Siege” was in theaters three years ago. Val Zavala of PBS station KCET in Los Angeles interviews director/producer Ed Zwick about the controversy then and now.

Let Slip the Dogs of Metaphor,” by John Kilgore, examines war, patriotism, the Bush Doctrine, and the pursuit of terrorists.

FICTION
Helen Degen Cohen’s “The Edge of the Field” straddles two world's simultaneously: the innocent perspective of a child and the harsh reality of the Polish ghetto.

NONFICTION
Silence,” by Danusha Goska, describes the silence in her own home as her immigrant parents worked, unsuccessfully, to totally assimilate to the English language and American culture, and the silence in the wider culture about immigrants of Eastern European origin. The essay delivers wonderfully visceral phrases such as “...meals of smoked pig fat and fistfuls of raw hot chilies.”

“Unless you return to the past and touch it, you stand in place. The fear of returning is the fear of the future.” In “Return to Warsaw” Helen Degen Cohen relates her 1989 visit to the woman who hid her from the Nazis during WWII.

There is fame and fortune and then there’s living under the freeway overpass with a shopping cart. Somewhere in the middle is the subject of Peter Clothier’s fine essay, “On Not Being Rich and Famous.”

Kenneth C. Balcomb died on Christmas Day in 1979 at age 88. He was a civil engineer, businessman, world traveler, painter, and author of two published books. The Dogs in My Life is one of his many unpublished works—a book that will bring tears to your eyes and make you laugh out loud. Of the 14 dogs he owned during his life, we are proud to present “Queen.”

While churning up “buckets of stomach acid and stress,” the living legacy of Tsar Alexander II drives the editor in a hair-raising ride down the 101, hilariously related in “The Tsar’s Thumb.”

POETRY
Works by Ellen Watson, Suheir Hammad, John Guzlowski, and Ryan Skinnell.

View Poet Index for access to all poets in every issue.

EPIPHANIES
One-in-a-hundred-million—no, make that a hundred-billion—odds are too good for this event to ever happen, yet it did.The Point” chronicles the most amazing circumstance of synchronicity you will ever read about in your life. And that’s a promise.

HUMOR
A Cro-magnon eye prescription, armed vs. unarmed, minimalism, right/left brain, a new take on being retentive, oxymorons, Bill Gates, Ron Santo, and more.

THE STRANGE & BIZARRE
Sculptor Cosimo Cavallaro has worked in a variety of media, including steel, rubber, and candy. This time he has outdone even himself with his “House of Cheese.”

TECHNOLOGY
CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Switzerland, is not exactly a household name, however, we use their creation everyday: the World Wide Web. Click on the "W" to learn about the very first website, http, HTML, URL, TCP/IP, protocols for Gopher, ftp, and telnet, and other mysterious items that make the ubiquitous net work.

Tech Talk: One of these days everyone will have the luxury of high-res, 24-inch monitors, but in the meantime, if you're dealing with a small screen that displays only a fraction of a web page, read all about monitor specs and how to increase your resolution. Also, selecting your browser's default e-mail app.

Download the latest version of Netscape, Internet Explorer, Quicktime, Flash, Real Player, Shockwave, Ipix, Acrobat Reader.

BOOKS
Want some suggestions for good reading? Check out TheScreamOnline Bookshelf.

FAVORITE LINKS
Wonder where TheScreamOnline crew surfs during downtime? Click here to view our favorite places.

ARTISTS & WRITERS INDEX
View an alphabetical list of TheScreamOnline talent with links to all articles in every issue.

SPLASH PAGE GALLERY
Each new issue of TheScreamOnline brings a new splash page—the page you first see when entering the site. We have received so many compliments about the artwork that we decided to create a “Splash Page Gallery.”


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Publisher/Editor-in-Chief:
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Contributors:
Kenneth C. Balcomb
Ken Brown
Peter Clothier
Helen Degen Cohen
Danusha Veronica Goska
John Guzlowski
Suheir Hammad
Alastair Hamilton
John Isaac
Charles M. Kozierok
Larry Lytle
Dean Mora

Ryan Skinnell
Max Turner
Sunny S. Unal
Stuart Vai
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Ellen Watson
Women In Photography International
Val Zavala
Ed Zwick

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Entrance page art:
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©2001 Joanne Warfield

Sketches ©2001 Mary N. Balcomb

"Maine Flag" (at the top of this page)
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