As stated in the premier issue (June 2001), this e-zine, whose name is derived from Edvard Munch’s painting, “The Scream,” was finally born over twenty years after its original conception as a printed Arts journal. The wide-reaching power of the Internet has realized The Dream far beyond the wildest of expectations. The crew at TheScreamOnline is thrilled at the growing and faithful readership that spans the globe. A staggering number of e-zines now flourishes on the Web, and a brief perusal of only a few quickly shows the vast amount of design talent and imagination that otherwise might not have been accessible to the public-at-large.

The most impressive aspect of the newer websites is the amazing use of Flash. If your computer does not have the latest version, it’s well worth the effort to go to the Macromedia website to download the free plugin (a link is provided on the Downloads page below). In many ways, TheScreamOnline is old fashioned in that it is purely content-driven, without all the bells and whistles of Flash, although that technology is definitely in the works and in our future.

People are already responding to this issue of TheScreamOnline. Our favorite e-mail is one in which the sender created a message out of the puzzle on our new splash page. Click the logo to see it:

A very informative tutorial is presented on the Tech Talk page about how to optimize images for sending as e-mail attachments. Also, don't ever lose your work to a power failure: read about surge protection and power back-up. So, without further ado....

ART
The paintings of Harry Carmean have elements of El Greco, Degas, and Poussin—yet his mastery of the human form is in a style altogether his own. The aesthetics behind his work bespeak poetry, irresistible love, and an irrepressible joie de vivre.

Maxine Martell's large and imaginative paintings (the subject of an upcoming feature) hang in collections, galleries, public places, and private homes. Here is a more inward, contemplative series of charcoal drawings of young girls “In Training.”

PHOTOGRAPHY
The January 2002 issue featured the beautiful work of former chief photographer for the U.N., John Isaac, concentrating on his images of people and places. We now focus on his photographs of wildlife.

Aside from being a very busy commercial photographer, Larry Lytle is as innovative and varied as are the many series in his ouvre. This issue features his “Shroud Series,” the third part of a larger work called Portrait of My Friends (contains nudity).

TheScreamOnline artist Shanye Huang returns as a photographer with a compelling photo essay on the Miao/Hmong people of Southern China. Elements of their culture inspired many of his vibrant and colorful paintings, which appeared in the October 2001 issue.

Joanne Warfield (August 2001 issue) has released a stunning photo journal, titled “The Beauty of Afghanistan Remembered.” These compelling images were taken in 1977 and have become an important historical record of a vibrant culture that existed before the devastation of decades of war.

Command to Look: The William Mortensen Story, Part III,” by our resident photography writer, Larry Lytle. Parts I and II appeared in the June and August 2001 issues, respectively.

MUSIC
The art of Wagner's Lohengrin comes alive in these beautiful nineteenth-century engravings from a piano score of the opera.

FILM
The debut issue of TheScreamOnline (June 2001) featured the artwork of director Sam Balcomb. Click his image, then on his name under Filmmaking to read the Scene 360 interview

EDITORIAL
“The chilly fortresses of the Middle Ages were by far more accommodating than today’s dungeons of bigotry.” The editor addresses intolerance and hate in “Walls.”

COMMENTARY
A welcome addition to the TheScreamOnline is Rob Woutat (rhymes with “Utah”), a frequent contributor to
newspapers, magazines, and National Public Radio. Right up our alley is his “homo domesticus” and “That’s ‘Mr. Sweetie to you.”

POETRY
Poignant and creative offerings from Charles Fishman, Bette Casteel, Peter Clothier, M. J. Rychlewski, Steve Fowler, Shirley Dunn Perry, and Lisa Lenard.

TheScreamOnline is featured in the April 2002 issue of The Drunken Boat, a wonderful poetry magazine, published quarterly. Check it out.

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

A marathon reading of the complete poems of Emily Dickinson will be presented by the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC on June 8, 2002. In the words of Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, “I can see Emily herself collapsing at the finish line.” Co-produced by TheScreamOnline contributing writer Maggie Balistreri (October 2001). Click on Emily for more information.

EPIPHANIES
After attending a reading in a small Parisian bookshop, the elusive and unfolding magic of Raymond Carver’s words haunted Phil Cousineau for the next eight years, in “Carver in Paris.”

NONFICTION
Jan Henrickson’s “Slave Traders in the Family” relates how Jim Perry and his family came to terms with the terrible legacy of their notorious ancestor, James D’Wolf, speaker of the Rhode Island House, U.S. Senator, and one of the richest slave traders in American history.

Danusha Veronica Goska exposes our own dis-ease and the uglier, sadder side of human nature when we tend to shun those afflicted with a debilitating illness. “A Small Miracle” is an account of her changing relationships with the government, her employer, and even her friends. It is also an amazing testament to the real strength of the human spirit.

And . . .
My Life in Post-Modernism” by John Guzlowski.
The Power of Silence” by Stuart Vail.

Personal Ads features some of the more creative and imaginative attempts at this not-so-underground form of communication. Usually penned by lonely hearts, these snippets are little gems and retain a life of their own—beyond the poignant mission to the objects of their hearts’ desire.

FICTION
Christie had her Poirot; Updike his Bech; and Sayers, Lord Peter Whimsey. Meet Robert Balcomb’s George in “Made in Malaysia.”

Benny Goodman’s biggest fan, eighty-four-year-old Herman Thalfeld, has a most memorable climb up the stairs to his fourth-floor walk-up apartment in “Goodnight, My Love,” by Edward King.

HUMOR
The Lone Arranger, Chess, Igor Beavor, A Nomimal Egg, and more sheep than you can shake your stick at! Click HERE.

THE STRANGE & BIZARRE
Last issue it was a house of cheese. Get ready for Hats of Meat!

Proof that people have entirely too much time on their hands (click on image).

TECHNOLOGY
Tech Talk: Back-up power, surge protection, voltage regulation, and optimizing photographs for attaching to e-mail.

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
So many great sites and only 24 hours in a day. 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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The Fine Print

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief:
Stuart Vail

Contributors:
Robert Balcomb
Harry Carmean
Bette Casteel
Peter Clothier
Phil Cousineau
Charles Fishman
Steve Fowler
Danusha Veronica Goska
John Guzlowski
Jan Henrickson
Shanye Huang
John Isaac
Edward King
Lisa Lenard

Larry Lytle
Maxine Martell
Shirley Dunn Perry
M. J. Rychlewski

Stuart Vai
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Rob Woutat

Correspondence:
stuart*AT*thescreamonline.com
(replace the *AT* with @)

"Mailboxes"
©2001 Mary N. Balcomb

"Puget Sound, Washington State, USA" (at the top of this page)
Photo © 2002 Stuart Vail

Art Direction & Site Design:
Vail Graphics

Creative Consultant: Joanne Warfield

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All artists and writers retain their own copyrights.
The copying or distribution of any material for commercial gain
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All Rights Reserved.

Disclaimer: While we applaud innovative ideas and concepts, opinions expressed by articles in TheScreamOnline do not necessarily reflect those of the editor/publisher, staff, or anyone connected with the magazine. We fully respect those who have an opposing point-of-view and welcome any feedback by concerned readers who wish to communicate accordingly. Vive le difference!

TheScreamOnline regretfully cannot accept
unsolicited submissions of any kind.

Publication in this magazine is by invitation only.

 

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