Ice plant, a native to South Africa, came to the U.S. in the 1800’s and has since taken over saltmarsh wetland areas in southern California. It is normally green, but will turn red with lack of water. The image above portrays a paradox: Ice plant as flames. Imagine one man who makes his living working in an ammunition factory. The bullet he handles today could possibly rest in the hand of a surgeon tomorrow after having been removed from the brain of a Palestinian—or Israeli, Irish, Chechin—child. Economies that put food in children's mouths in one country finance death in another. We live in a world of paradoxes. We were born to die. Less can be more. What is happiness without grief, the Left without the Right, sweet without the sour, and the beautiful without what is not? So there is, after all, a place and purpose for the mass-produced, Kincadian warehouse art that chokes the Shopping Mauls of America. Without it, TheScreamOnline would be just another pretty face.

A new feature, the Time Line, lists historical people and events in the worlds of politics, literature, art, inventions, and plain-old everyday items from the years 1640 to 1900. And be sure to read this fabulous review of TheScreamOnline by Netsurfer Digest.

ART
Not many people can claim true individuallity. Ideas and styles are often rehashed versions of a few original concepts. Though no stranger to trends, Washington State artist Dean Eliasen follows only his own muse and has developed an artistic signature all his own.

Mary Balcomb’s long-awaited book on Russian artist Sergei Bongart is finally out. See his equisite paintings and read selections from the book.

Be sure to bookmark this feature: the 2003 Calendar, created by Jeanie and Larry Lytle, with planetary correspondences for each month.

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PHOTOGRAPHY
Atlanta-based Robin Davis teaches at the prestigious Cortona Center of Photography in Tuscany, Italy. See her “13 Women” series, featuring her portrayal of such figures as Cleopatra, Athena, Ophelia, and Luna.

Burning Man is an experience beyond words, beyond description. Fourteen photographers who attended the event in years past contributed to this compelling photo essay. [Some nudity]

A Day in the Life of Africa features the work of almost one-hundred photographers who were spread out all over the continent to shoot what they could in 24 hours. TheScreamOnline photographer John Isaac (January and April 2002) has seven images in this landmark book.

See a recently-discovered photograph taken in 1965 of Joan Baez, John Lennon, and Ira Sandperl at the Beatles’ pad in the Hollywood Hills.

Another interesting item is this Quicktime movie of New York underwater, courtesy of Rich Carter.

For the second year, 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.

View our new Photo Gallery featuring images submitted by our own writers and artists.

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FILM
Brian Taylor has created perhaps one of the most unusual and endearing animated characters since Steamboat Willie. See stills and scenes from his work-in-progress, Rustboy.

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MUSIC
In 1667 John Milton wrote his great epic work about temptation and the fall from grace. A new opera, “Paradise Lost,” by composer Eric Whitacre and librettist/director David Noroña, combines classic traditions and electronics, and will have performances this year in New York and Berlin.

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NONFICTION
All throughout Rob Woutat’s “Dakota Boy: A Childhood in Memory” are references to historical and cultural elements (WWII, the Korean War, the death of Stalin, Eisenhower, the McCarthy era, Krushev, the payola scandal, Mickey Mantle, sock hops, Butch Wax, and Brylchreme), providing a rich backdrop and a wonderful sense of time and place in the context of a sheltered Dakotan upbringing.

In 1943, while demonstrating to a physics class that airplanes can fly backwards, Frederick H.C. Schultz learned that timing is everything in “Vectoring Backwards.”

First Ticket,” by David McHugh, describes a lesson in accountability for his teenage son.

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EDITORIAL
Credit cards, mail-order catalogs, telemarketing, home shopping channels, and on-line services have made it much too easy to amass material goods, and have created our false need for Instant Gratification.

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COMMENTARY
In the mere blink of a four-million-year-eye, “cute little bipeds” went from standing up straight to “decoding their own genomes.” Their crocodile tears for the rest of the savanna are exposed for what they truly are in “History of Abuse.”

Has the The Fountain Pen become the “dodo bird” of the twenty-first century, going the way of the book, the handwritten Christmas card, doing math problems in your head, and the walk to Grandma’s house?

Resident TheScreamOnline writer/photographer Larry Lytle talks about The Reconstruction of Time, and how digital editing can create yet new realities to freeze in time.

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POETRY
Contributions from Homer Christensen and our own no-moss-on-this-stoned-roller Editor Stuart Vail.

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

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EPIPHANIES
In “A Year of Epiphanies: The September 11th Effect” Jennifer Prado writes, “My own personal epiphany... occurred when I was reading the tributes in The New York Times for the people who had been lost. One paragraph told the story of a young broker who had planned to propose to his long-awaiting girlfriend the following weekend.” Jennifer’s personal journey took her from Manhattan to rural Brazil to “pursue the dream that had gotten lost in the shuffle.”

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QUOTATIONS
A compendium of some of our favorite quips (from Woody Allen to Henny Youngman). This feature will grow with each new issue.

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HUMOR
HeBrew, e-Piscopal, foreign signs, the Lone Arranger.... click.

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THE STRANGE & BIZARRE
Remember Legos, those addictive little plastic building toys? Here are Lego constructions you won’t see advertised at your toy store.

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TECHNOLOGY
Can’t see enough of a web page? Increase your browser’s viewing area.

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

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When once the itch
of literature
comes over a person,
nothing can cure it
but the scratching of a pen.
—Samuel Lover

While we are asleep in this world,
we are awake in another one.
— Salvador Dali

If you can remain calm,
you just don’t have all the facts.
—Anon

I have discovered that
I cannot burn the candle
at one end and
write a book with
the other.
—Katherine Mansfield

And, one more:

“Fame—that public demolition of someone who is in the process of becoming,
whose building-site the mob breaks into, knocking down his stones.”
—Rainer Maria Rilke

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Contributors:
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Robin Davis • Homer Christensen • Adriana de Barros • Michael Depraida
Dean Eliasen • Chad Estes • Steve Fritz • Heather Gallagher • Scott Harding
Ashley Hathaway • Stefanie Herzer • Edward King • Jeanie Lytle • Larry Lytle
P.M. • Andrea Mangini • David McHugh • Jennifer Prado • Chris Recek
Bob Richardson • Kendall Roclord • Christopher Schardt • Frederick Schultz
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