The above image is a familiar sight to anyone driving east on the 101 through North Hollywood at 6:30 in the morning. The hill in the distance rises up behind Universal Studios, beyond which, if one continues through Cahuenga Pass, is the Hollywood Bowl, Capital Records, Sunset and Vine, and the infamous hand-imprinted sidewalks of Mann’s Chinese Theater. The City of Angels undeniably contains the world’s largest car culture, always on the move—searching for that elusive ticket to stardom. Freeways and surface streets are the veins and arteries, pulsating with incessant traffic. The laid-back L.A. attitude is a myth, a facade hiding the high blood pressure of El Angelo. In a town where feast or famine is a way of life, where one is ecstatic to score a two-week gig, the car can be more important than a home, for one cannot drive an apartment to an audition.

ART
Mary N. Balcomb’s long career has included oil and watercolor paintings, house and business design, commercial art, sculpture, education, and etchings—the latter of which are featured in this issue.

Explore the wild and quirky imagination of Joe Sorren in this gallery of sixteen paintings.

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PHOTOGRAPHY
Italian photographer Ronny Leva has visited Cuba three times, during which he became friends with the infamous Korda who shot the renowned image of Che Guevara.

Clay Geerdes was a writer ( L.A. Free Press, Berkeley Barb, Village Voice) and a prolific photographer of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury days. We present two galleries of his images of war protests, free Rock concerts, Happenings, and Be-Ins.

More entries from our popular Photo Gallery.

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FILM
What Dreams May Come and Somewhere in Time producer Stephen Simon is the leader of a new movement called “Spiritual Cinema,” with films that illumine and inspire individual and social transformation. In this context, spiritual refers not to religion but to the unseen divine essence that is life force itself. Simon’s new film Indigo was shot in 20 days for $500,000 and won the Audience Choice Award at the 4th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival.

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FICTION
What do you do when the love of your life is sleeping with your best friend
and both are starving? Hitchhike to Minneapolis in the bitter cold,
naturally, to bring them thirty dollars, a pipe of opium, and a 19-year-old
farm boy who will do anything they say. Read “Virgin” by Stephanie Dickinson.

We connected the Day JFK was shot. So begins Michael Corrigan’s “Ruth,” a tale of relationships against a backdrop of assassinations.

As promised, we present the winner (Marky Thorsness) and the two runners-up (Tom Bradley, Bill Feltt) in TheScreamOnline’s first International Short Fiction Competition.

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NONFICTION
As a companion piece to Ronny Leva’s photographs of Cuba, Jerry Sierra chronicles the corrupt, U.S.-supported government of Fulgenico Batista and how he was overthrown by Castro.

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POETRY
Linda Zacks’ stream-of-consciousness rant “I swallowed a rainbow, got drunk on air, and puked it up all over the world,” has “words coming out of her mouth, zipping over the surface of her brain, pouring out of her ears, and shooting out of her eyes.”

“The Music in the Wood” and “Memoricide,” by Phil Cousineau. The first was inspired by a visit to a Dublin music shop in 1999, the second by the bombing of the Sarajevo Library in the early 1990s.

Rob Woutat offers us his Whitmanesque “I Sing the Light Bulb Electric.”

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COMMENTARY
“The new so-called conservatives claim the power to violate citizens’ private lives because, they say, there is no ‘right to privacy’ in the United States.” Read “Dear Clarence Thomas: It Happened on July 4, 1776” by Thom Hartmann.

In “Yearning for Melvyn Douglas: A Toast to the Suave Man,” Danusha Goska revisits one 1930s Hollywood take on masculinity. Men who “didn’t need ‘Queer Eye’ to tell them how to dress,” she argues, were more than slick mustaches. Characters portrayed by Melvyn Douglas, William Powell, and others offer provocative commentary on our own current political and cultural moment.

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EDITORIAL
The editor asks, “What ever happened to saving for something you want?” in “Financing the Future.”

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EPIPHANIES
A cancelled flight, an afternoon in the park, a new cassette recorder, and an overheard conversation make up Edward King’s “On Composing.”

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QUOTATIONS
Many new additions to our compendium of favorite quips, from Fred Allen to Henny Youngman. I believe what I said yesterday... I don't know what I said, er, but I know what I think, and... well, I assume it's what I said. —Donald Rumsfeld.

BOOKS
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Our mascot Cody.

“I am not young enough to know everything.”
—Gertrude Stein

“If I read a book and it makes my body so cold
no fire can ever warm me, I know it is poetry.
If I feel physically as if the top of my head
were blown off, I know it is poetry.
These are the only ways I know it.”
—Emily Dickinson

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Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
Stuart Vail

Photography Editor
Joanne Warfield

Fiction Editor
John Kilgore

Poetry Editor
John Guzlowski

Contributors
Mary N. Balcomb, Tom Bradley, Michael Corrigan, Phil Cousineau
Stephanie Dickinson, Bill Feltt, Clay Geerdes, Danusha Goska
Thom Hartmann, Edward King, Ronny Leva, Jerry Sierra
Stephen Simon, Joe Sorren, Marky Thorsness, Stuart Vail
Joanne Warfield, Rob Woutat, Linda Zacks

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