Tom Wolfe’s book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test describes the 1964 bus trip that Ken Kesey (author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and the Merry Pranksters took from Oregon to New York to visit, among others, Timothy Leary and Jack Kerouac. Kesey was instrumental in the creation of the counterculture of the 1960s, a time in U.S. history that is synonymous with hippies, war protests, Vietnam, Johnson and McNamara, the Chicago Seven, marijauna, and LSD. The colorful bus in the picture above was seen on a Los Angeles street last May and, while not the original Prankster vehicle, it embodies the Keseyan free spirit and social concern that is still alive today. In place of hippies, there are school teachers, firemen, bankers, librarians, and grandmothers, all protesting the Iraqi conflict of Bush and Powell. The Chicago Seven has been replaced with anyone detained by the Patriot Act; and the drug of choice is now the triple-shot, mocha latte. The times, they are a-changin’.... —or are they?

News Flash!: Be sure to tune-in to the October issue, which will feature the works of 27 artists and photographers, donated to an auction sponsored by TheScreamOnline to raise money for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). You will have 10 days to bid online for some wonderful art and photography.

ART
Don Sahli, a former student and protegé of Sergei Bongart, is a successful Colorado artist whose wintry plein-air paintings embody the rich legacy of his Mentor, and those who came before, such as Peter Kotov, Nicholai Fechin, and Ilya Repin.

One of the most significant and innovative sociological experiments in recent history is the 1000 Journals Project in which one-thousand blank journals were sent around the globe for people to add their illustrations, ruminations, rants, doodles, and then send on to others to do the same.

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PHOTOGRAPHY
Former U.N. photographer John Isaac contributes another fine series of work, this time depicting his trip to the American Southwest.

More entries from our popular Photo Gallery.

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MUSIC
If you bought a Zenith cabinet stereo in 1964, you probably would have also received a demonstration record of 18 tracks of lush orchestral, easy-listening hits with Mike Wallace providing the voice-over to laud the new Zenith Micro-Touch 2G Tonearm. It seems like only yesterday....

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FILM
When Director Sam Balcomb (June 2001 artist) posted the much-anticipated trailer for his film Ancanar on his website, he had half-a-million hits in two hours, which closed down the server. It was then hosted on ifilm.com and became the #2 most-downloaded short on the site. See it here.

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FICTION
Robert Grudin’s The Most Amazing Thing begins with Desmond Ruck in a motel with his earlobe shot off, an unconscious woman in the bed, and a fortune in cash inside a bullet-riddled van parked outside. And that’s just the beginning of the ride of the century. We are proud to present the first three chapters.

WRITERS’ COMPETITION: TheScreamOnline's first International Short Fiction Competition, with $300 cash award and publication in the January 2004 issue. Deadline: October 1. Click for details.

Read the 2003 Bulwer-Lytton Bad Fiction Contest results. Remember “It was a dark and stormy night”?

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NONFICTION
Hanah Exley visited Xining, China, in 1990 to attend the annual “Sunning of the Buddha” festival. Read her account of this most unusual ceremony, richly illustrated with her photographs.

In “Computer Intelligence,” the editor writes, “Asleep at the wheel, dolt at the helm—call it what you will—it’s usually impossible to be guilt-free in the face of a very logic-based machine.”

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EPIPHANIES
Silence”... is truly the language of the spirit among the Indians who feel that it is only white men who require the turning on of the “wind-mill machine,” as I have heard them call the long-winded conversations of their pale-faced friends. —by David Villaseñor.

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POETRY
When Charles Fishman writes “We wanted to walk where Yeats had stitched his lines...” he proves that he, too, is a master weaver of words.

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EDITORIAL
“Why do we have to continually repeat the same mistakes in history over and over again? Why can’t we learn from others who have already tread these well-worn paths?” —asks the editor in “The Collective Experience.”

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COMMENTARY
Rob Woutat laments the continuing demise of the English language in “So I’m Like, Who Cares?” —and not to be outdone by Edgar Allen Poe, he presents us with “The Curse of Donald MacCrimmon” (not for the squeamish or faint of heart).

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a federal law requiring public libraries to install web filtering software or lose their funding. Which sites have been blocked from public access for using the word “breast”? Stay abreast of the situation by reading Zeldman.com (scroll down to “Supremes blow it: bad filters are here to stay”).

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” —President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The cost of the war in Iraq, to date.

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STRANGE & BIZARRE
The code behind any web page is strange enough to most persons, but the code behind this image is even stranger.

TECHNOLOGY
Learn how to give your digital snap shots a classy and formal look by framing them with our own very easy-to-learn Photoshop technique.

QUOTATIONS
Our continuing compendium of favorite quips, from Woody Allen to Henny Youngman. Those are my principals. If you don't like them, I have others. —Grouch Marx.

BOOKS
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