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Our summer issue was canceled this year. A death in the family caused us to slow down, reconsider priorities, and think about what is important in life (more on that in the Editorial). We have stated in the past that a large part of our mission is to embrace the beauty in life by featuring the wondrous talents of those around us, and our recent loss has only reinforced that desire. The artists herein (painters, photographers, writers, musicians, filmmakers) add to our cornucopia of styles, concepts, ideas, and perspectives that have made TheScreamOnline so popular world-wide. Be sure to view all 14 issues by clicking on either Past Issues or Site Map (to the left). And, speaking of clicking, check out the flowers below. Enjoy!

ART
Santa Fe artist Ciel Bergman offers her latest series of paintings, Blood, Milk & Water, in addition to some of her earlier works.

Since moving from South Korea to the U.S. in 1988, Suk Ja Kang-Engles has created an impressive and much-acclaimed body of work. We feature her Eye-con and Interpellation series.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream was stolen from the Munch Museum in Olso, Norway (we didn’t do it).

It has been over a decade since Los Angeles hosted a major contemporary art fair and much has happened since then. If you’re in town be sure to check out artLA Jan. 27-30.



PHOTOGRAPHY
Patrick Alt not only shoots in large formats using the classic platinum/palladium method, he builds his own cameras. We feature his nudes, Native Americans, and landscapes.

Sean Kernan visited Cairo, Egypt, in early 2004 and Crossing Boundaries with Art recounts his thoughts on being an American visiting an Arab land. Included are four new portraits from his ongoing Pure Face project. His website has also just been redesigned. Be sure to visit.

This is year #4 of our coverage of the prestigious photo l.a.—the 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.

Joanne Warfield went to the Santa Monica Pier on Memorial Day 2004 and photographed the tribute to the American soldiers killed in Iraq.

A tsunami caused by a 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Indonesia killed thousands of people. View some dramatic photos and gain information on how to help.

An amazing new product called PhotoRescue saved an erased memory flash card of ours, restoring all the images that we thought were gone forever.

More entries from our popular Photo Gallery.



FILM
Gabriel Yared spent a year composing and recording the score for Troy, using a full orchestra and choir, only to have it replaced six weeks before the film opened.

What Dreams May Come and Somewhere in Time producer Stephen Simon is the leader of a wildly-popular new movement called Spiritual Cinema Circle, which promotes uplifting films with positive messages, delving into such topics as life after life, enhanced powers and sensibilities, reality and time, visionary romance and adventures, and the power of love.

 

MUSIC
Pat Metheny’s recordings have netted 16 Grammy Awards in nine different categories. His stature as one of today’s most influential guitarists and jazz composers owes something to his disregard of musical boundaries. Interview by Berklee College’s Mark Small.

Beyond Tradition is the latest CD from the percussion group Inanna.

 

BAGHDAD BLUES
Read the personal journals, as we get them, from a U.S. soldier in Baghdad. These are updated on a weekly basis. [NEWS ALERT: Our soldier is now home, safe and sound!]



FICTION
In Laura Albrittons “Styrofoam,” Jorge Valdes drops out of medical school to be of no use to the state in his pursuit to leave Havana for the American Dream.

Minimalism and magic realism come together in these two gemlike stories by Valerie Collins. “The Flight of the Eagle” introduces us to an 88-year-old man whose second childhood seems by turns beatific and annoying; “Black Dress” to a magic garment that makes you understand what you have always wanted, deep down, from your wardrobe.

 

NONFICTION
My family is a muster of peacocks. We have all eaten our share of poison words served with closed fists. In time we all finally pushed away from the table, some farther than others, angry and wounded. So writes K. Willis Morton in “Under Butterfly Wings.”

 

POETRY
M. L. Williams can write honestly and beautifully about anything: God, the meaning of Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam, painting, love, and abandoned tractors that wait for men and women who believe they can start them running again.

 

EPIPHANIES
In “Raven Stone,” a boyhood experience has followed Tim Girvin around the world and to this day still speaks to him in constantly unfolding and profound ways.

 

EDITORIAL
In Death—That’s Life, “...dying was not a part of my growing up. Death had been a foreign and frightening thing to me, containing inconceivable horrors.”



COMMENTARY
Thom Hartmann writes in The Goddess of Democracy: A Sacred Archetype to Heal the World that, in light of the terrorism plaguing our world today, the real war here is between the 11th century and the 21st century.

In Claire-France Perez’s “Hey, What Happened to My Presidential Prediction?” the challenge of predicting a presidential election had some terrible moments. Getting it wrong may actually be what is right. The Astrologer asks the stars for answers on her failed prediction, putting the chart of the US on the consulting room couch for its hour of analysis. The challenges of the titans follow.

Millions of Christian fundamentalists may believe that environmental destruction is not only to be disregarded but actually welcomed — even hastened — as a sign of the coming apocalypse. Read how Christian-right views are swaying politicians and threatening the environment in “The Godly Must Be Crazy” by Glenn Schere (off-site link).

They Rule is an interesting interactive website which looks at some of the relationships of the US ruling class by comparing the boards of the most powerful US companies, many of which share the same members.

“Question arose recently as to whether Grants as in Grants Pass in southern Oregon is possessive or plural: actually it’s not Grants Pass, it’s Grunts Pass, plural, because of...” by Robert Balcomb.

In a few weeks, cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls (remember, you pay for those minutes!). Call this number from your cell phone 888-382-1222 to be added to the national "do not call" list. [Info courtesy The Ford Group.]

This one is scary: new textbook stickers (off-site link).

 

HUMOR
The flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration. We couldn't resist.

STRANGE & BIZARRE
Meet... uh, Hannah, the... uh... — never mind. We’re speechless!

QUOTATIONS
Bon mots, witticisms, and just plain stupidity.

BOOKS
Want some suggestions for good reading? Check out TheScreamOnline Bookshelf. Buying books through these links can help keep us afloat.

By the way, here are numbers you will never find on Amazon.com's website: Customer service (U.S. and Canada) 1-800-201-7575 (International) 1-206-266-2992.






“You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you
can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.”
—Malcolm X

“We celebrate idiocy, while intelligence
vanishes like twigs in a tide.”
Al Martinez (LA Times columnist)

“Life is a fatal adventure. It can only have one end.
So why not make it as far-ranging and free as possible?”
—Alexander Eliot



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Contributors
Laura Albritton, Patrick Alt, Robert Balcomb, Ciel Bergman
Suk Ja-Kang Engles, Tim Girvin, Thom Hartmann, Zina Brook Hurd
Sean Kernan, Ronny Leva, Pat Metheny, K. Willis Morton, Orca
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