TheScreamOnline is one year old (plus a month), having made its debut with the June 2001 issue. It started as a bi-monthly publication and then became a quarterly in January, so this is issue #6, for what it’s worth. In the year that has passed, TheScreamOnline has grown up a lot. The tragedies of 9/11 have caused us and the entire country to sober up, take stock in priorities, and embrace what is good in humanity all the more. We continue with our mission of presenting to you the amazing talent of our extended family of artists, photographers, and writers with yet another fine array of features.

As you will see in the Talent Index at the bottom of the page, TheScreamOnline family has grown considerably. We could look no further than that list and be well-stocked far into the future with wonderfully inspiring and creative articles. Yet, into our folds come new and wondrous voices. Perhaps one of the most exciting is the collective talents represented by our “Picturing Race” feature, a collection of photographs from Durban, South Africa, and Los Angeles, California, taken by children ages 8 to 16. Kudos to the Venice Arts Mecca of Venice, California, for providing these creative opportunities for the children.

ART
Award-winning Santa Fe artist Cheri Christensen studied with Ron Lukas, a protégé of Sergei Bongart, and the strength of her paintings lies in her wonderful use of color, light, and texture.

The Lost Art of Mechanical Drawing, also known as Technical Illustration, is revisited in this collection of images taken from the 1902 edition of Hawkin’s Self Help Mechanical Drawing for Home Study. Whilst CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator have largely replaced pencil, pen, and paper, neither can create the charm and warmth of the drawings of yore.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Photographer Mark Magidson was the co-producer of the acclaimed IMAX film Chronos, and then produced, co-wrote, and co-edited the award-winning and highly acclaimed film Baraka. Featured are images from the book, Baraka, a Visual journal.

Carol Nyes Caravanserai series documents her journeys along the ancient Silk Road trade route of Western China and in the mountains of Tibet on her way to Nepal.

WORLD PREMIER: In 1960, Jayne Mansfield sat for portrait photographer Robert Balcomb in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the result was perhaps the finest portrait ever taken of her. See the portrait and read all about it in “A Day With Jayne.”

Picturing Race is a photographic journey from Los Angeles to South Africa—and back again—as captured through the eyes of young people, ages 8 to 16, enrolled in Venice Arts’ Social Arts Initiatives program of Venice, California.

MUSIC
Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm is a percussion and vocal ensemble based in Maine, USA, that explores the heritage and rhythms of West Africa through original arrangements and compositions, invoking ancient traditions of the drum.

EDITORIAL
Perfectly straight lines are the issue, and how very few there really are. Read “From God’s Lips to My Ear.”

COMMENTARY
The United States Attorney General went to great lengths (and cost) to protect the American public from the morally-corrupting and indecent display of a metal breast in the Hall of Justice. Read Claire Braz-Valentine’s “Open Letter to John Ashcroft.”

The Blooming of Wisdom,” by Doug Fulcher, states that “to ‘defeat’ [our] enemies is to address the causes for their presence,” thereby creating the “potential to transform the planet in a very positive way.”

Rob Woutat gives a spelling lesson to a young Vietnamese immigrant in “Ngoc,” and addresses our penchant for using euphemisms in “Three Cheers for Bowels.”

NONFICTION
In “‘The Illusion of Protection’: Two Travelers Speak of Home” Danusha Goska brilliantly contributes to that great pantheon of Letters from the Road in which she, as one who has never really had one, tries to define the concept of home.

Alexander Woollcott’s “Miss Kitty Takes to the Road” of 1934 is both an indictment of that period’s attitude toward live theater and an account of the circumstances surrounding the most amazing opening night performance ever to occur in the history of theater.

No Pain, No Gain” deals with the pain of love, the pain of parents’ expectations, the pain of not being accepted, the pain of jobs, money problems, failures, and lost dreams, and how all that fits into our own capacity to love others—by Stuart Vail.

POETRY
Offerings from Michael Knisely, Edward King, Lisa Lenard, Sgt. Mack.

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

EPIPHANIES
As stated in our premier issue, this section is meant to chronicle those unique moments of synchronicity, self-discovery, and insight that appear to those who are in the right place at the right time to appreciate them. Those moments cannot simply be ordered up or called upon. Also, we may pay tribute to unique individuals who have lived, loved, performed, and created in planes of existence that most of us can only aspire to. Please visit our Epiphanies page to see the past years collection of unique contributions.

HUMOR
So much for being serious. Musical humor (a beertap tuba?), a seeing-eye man, dancing Spiderman, Hebrew Beer, and more from the Lone Arranger.

THE STRANGE & BIZARRE
Forget consulting your astrologist, analyzing the tea leaves in your cup, or throwing the I Ching. Before taking that flight from Abu Dhabi to Zagreb, be sure to visit Am I Going Down, for your chances of survival.

TECHNOLOGY
Tech Talk: The tech desk took a vacation this issue, but be sure to read about optimizing images for email attachments, monitor resolution, power back-up, surge protection, voltage regulation, and emptying your browser's cache.

You just returned from your whirlwind trip to Venezuela, Yugoslavia, and Saudi Arabia and you have pockets of leftover bolivars, dinars, and riyas. Click the icon to find out what all that money is worth in your own currency.

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
View our favorite places for photography, film, poetry, e-zines, web design, and Internet resources (plus a quick lesson in the Fibonacci Series).

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” of past issues.

Twenty years from now
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by the things you didn't do
than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.

—Mark Twain

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The Fine Print

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief:
Stuart Vail

Contributors:
Robert Balcomb
Cheri Christensen
Doug Fulcher
Danusha Goska
Inanna
Edward King
Michael Knisely
Lisa Lenard
Mark Magidson
Carol Nye
Kendall Roclord
Stuart Vail
Claire Braz-Valentine

Venice Arts Mecca
Joanne Warfield
Alexander Woollcott
Rob Woutat

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

"Mailboxes"
©2001 Mary N. Balcomb

Splash page art:
"Rock at Painted Desert, Arizona"
© 2002 Joanne Warfield

"The Graffiti Writers"
© 2002 Kendall Roclord

Art Direction & Site Design:
Vail Graphics

Creative Consultant: Joanne Warfield

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©2001, 2002 Stuart Vail unless stated otherwise.
All artists and writers retain their own copyrights.
The copying or distribution of any material for commercial gain
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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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