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From the image above, one would think that this was the summer issue. In fact, the photograph was taken at Venice Beach, California, in early January when the rest of the country was wrapped in down coats and slogging through dirty slush in mukluks. But then again, this is California where, if you aren't cycling to the beach in your surf trunks with your Fender Strat and Pignose amp, you’re sipping Cosmos at a sidewalk cafe in West Hollywood. A couple of hours before sundown, drummers from all parts of L.A. will converge on the beach behind our Sunday soloist, bringing an array of congas, djembes, bongos, ashikas, and full kits to drum El Sol down to the horizon and beyond. In a land where there is little difference from one season to the next, nowhere are public displays of art and music more visible and unabashedly embraced.

ART
Washington State artist Maxine Martell returns with 21 paintings from her “Cabinets of Curiosity” series. Her charcoal drawings appeared in the April 2002 issue.

Debra Scolari works in Ojai, California, the “Shangri La” of the 1937 film Lost Horizon. We present 15 of her new works from a series titled “Nature’s Veil.”

In Norm Nason’s essay, “Vincent van Gogh and Aesthetic Guilt,” he states that “...today’s global society possesses the longest, most accessible, most permanent memory in the history of mankind. This sets the stage for a deeper appreciation of the past than was ever possible before.”

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PHOTOGRAPHY
Multi-talented photographer Raj Naik is also a graphic artist, web designer, motion graphics artist, and composer. We invited him to design his own feature for his series “India: The Divine Visions.”

Widely exhibited in Israel, England, and the U.S., Jerusalem-based Reva Sharon presents twenty images from her “Into the Land of Seeing” series.

CALL FOR ENTRIES for “virtual * visual : people - places - things,” an International Juried Online Photographic Exhibition presented by Women In Photography International. Open to female photographers; deadline: July 1, 2004.

More entries from our popular Photo Gallery.

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FILM
This Johnny Walker commercial is too good not to share — its one of the most intriguing and imaginative items we’ve seen in a long time. From the people at Framestore CFC, whose portfolio includes work on such films as Cold Mountain, Love Actually, and Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. Click on the image (requires Quicktime for Mac or PC).

The controversy of Mel Gibson’s The Passion has stirrred up an array of feelings and opinions from Juneau to Jerusalem. Here are two viewpoints from Stephen Simon (producer of Somewhere in Time and What Dreams May Come) and TheScreamOnline writer Danusha Goska.

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FICTION
What if John Lennon had quit the Beatles in a row just before they signed their first recording contract? One possibility: the Beatles would not have been great but merely famous, Lennon would still be alive but leading a life of haunted bitterness, and nothing in popular music would be quite what it should be. Ian MacLeod’s novella “Snodgrass” first appeared in In Dreams in 1992 and was chosen for that year’s volume of The Year’s Best Science Fiction (St. Martin’s), edited by Gardner Dozois. TheScreamOnline takes great pleasure in republishing this landmark story, with its Joycean richness of language and allusion. “Snodgrass” takes the genre of the alternate-history fantasy to a new level, offering a passionate allegory of art’s need to embrace exile and rebellion right up to the point of self-destruction.

As young playmates in a Utah trailer park, Dee and Mickey formed a bond that went beyond time, beyond self — or so he insisted. When she demurs, he offers an unforgettable, unanswerable argument in Mary Maddox’s fine story “What Love Is,” published here for the first time.

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NONFICTION
Dinty Moore’s “Baseball, Hot Dogs, Mescaline, and Chevrolet” is an essay utilizing a passage from Aldous Huxley’s Doors of Perception. And it’s a riot of a read!

Nothing is in my eyes more precious than a bridge, opines Erica Johnson Debeljak in “The Market and the Three Bridges, a Portrait of Ljubljana.”

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POETRY
Margaret Szumowski’s poems speak of some of the sad truths of life: brothers dying, lovers parting, fathers and mothers saying goodbye to their children for what they know is the last time — but always she reminds us of the joy that was and the joy that may be again.

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EDITORIAL
Parroting the party line, revisionist history, freedom of speech, and the school of prevailing thought are but some of the topics in “Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better.”

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STRANGE & BIZARRE
In the tradition of past hits such as Hats of Meat and House of Cheese, we present Jason Kronenwald’s Gum Blondes — portraits out of chewed bubblegum.

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QUOTATIONS
Bon mots, witticisms, and just plain stupidity. I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can’t answer your question. —George W. Bush.

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—Michael Wood

“A yawn is an honest opinion openly expressed.”
—Anon.

“When you catch an adjective, kill it.”
—Mark Twain

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Erica Johnson Debeljak, Danusha Goska, Thom Hartmann
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Dinty Moore, Raj Naik, Norm Nason, Debra Scolari
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