These bitingly satirical pen-and-ink drawings display not only a sense of humor, but an astonishing degree of draftsmenship.
Russian painter Ilya Repin painted a scene depicting Ukrainian Cossacks writing a response to a letter from the Turkish sultan demanding their surrender. We provide a couple of translations
— one, quite entertaining and filthy.
Norm Nason gives us an invaluable insight into the great Master’s techniques with his Notes on Painting.
• PHOTOGRAPHY •
THE VALE OF KASHMIR
Sarah Coleman reviews the exquisite photography in John Isaac's new book about "the most beautiful place on earth."
Platinum/paladium and Silver Gelatin master printer Dan Burkholder was among the first photographers to embrace the digital world. He became an innovator with his book on the digital
negative and recently with the merging of the classic and digital darkroom methods.
JILL SKUPIN BURKHOLDER
The poetic bromoil images of Jill Skupin Burkholder take on a quality of mystery akin to the recollection of a dream and provide a wonderful sublime journey into another land.
Photographs from the Arkansas State Prison 1915-1937,
found and printed by Bruce Jackson.
• FILM •
Legendary graphic designer Tim Girvin writes about movie titling design: the craft of the hand. Exploring brand in the context of experience design and impression:
movie picture brand strategy.
Commissioned and overseen by Joseph Goebbels, “Jud Suss” has been called the “most hateful” film ever made. It’s also been called evil, sinister, macabre,
hideous, malicious, monstrous...
SHORT CUT TO NIRVANA
Kumbh Mela is a phenomenon that happens every 12 years in India on the Ganges River. Filmmakers Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day captured the 2001 event in Short Cut to Nirvana.
Introducing a new series, film reviewer Danusha Goska talks about how six little-known movies she's seen only once, on late night TV, moved her more than recognized classics.
Danusha Goska reviews the PBS production Jane Eyre,
with illustrations by Fritz Eichenberg.
SPIRITUAL CINEMA CIRCLE
This club 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 And... the first month’s DVD is free! No strings, quit any time you want.
• MUSIC •
GRAVITY & GRACE
Yoga Master Peter Sterios recently launched an amazing new DVD called Gravity & Grace, featuring three hours of music especially written by Stuart Balcomb. A double CD
soundtrack is now available. And check out the amazing review at Daily OM.
• POETRY •
In the spirit of Father's Day, we present works by Stephen Lewandowski and Helen Ruggieri, two writers who say something essential about the way our fathers touch us... and keep
Our poetry editor writes, "A lot of what I write is about my father, his life and what it has meant to me. He is always in my thoughts, and I sometimes feel that his presence
is stronger in me each day."
Lola’s poetry does what great poetry always does. It stops you.
CHARLES ADÉS FISHMAN
Charles listens to the world with a stillness and intensity most of us can’t imagine. He knows there are voices in the wind, and he hears them and listens to them, and then
he tells us what they are saying in a voice so direct and selfless and loving that we feel that we ourselves are hearing those voices.
• FICTION •
“Daddy was unreliable and often drunk, and his new lady, Norlene, the meanest one yet whenever his back was turned. Lu had no allies — until Talion came, with his crew
of shadowy accomplices.” This excerpt from Mary Maddox’s novel in progress, Talion, is by turns heartbreaking and scary with its blend of realism and dark fantasy.
• NONFICTION •
“On January 29, 2002, President George W. Bush famously referred to Iraq, North Korea, and Iran as an ‘axis of evil’ threatening world order. In so doing, he invoked
a Christian idea of ‘evil’ that is dauntingly complex, including, as it does, everything from sexual indulgence to diabolical genius.” Read “Homer and the
Birth of Consciousness,” from Chapter Seven from his new book “American Vulgar.”
“It takes about three seconds. I am in the passengers seat, searching through the campground guide to find a place to park our 30-foot pull-behind camper, when something
a swaying of my seat perhaps, a quick intake of breath makes me look up. In a queer, high voice my wife says, ‘I cant believe this is happening!’”
from “3 Seconds,” by John Kilgore.
In “Acid Queen” Sonja Mongar gives us a glimpse into the life of Cyd, her fourteen-going-on-fifteen-year-old sister.
• COMMENTARY •
“Stay Awake” is the title of photographer Sean Kernan’s commencement speech to the 2005 graduating class at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
What he has to say is a timeless message for us all. Check the Photo Index to see Sean's work.
• WWW •
CREATING FOR THE WEB
Does standardization resolve and improve webpage design and code, or does it also contribute to more look-a-like sites? Scene 360 invited four developers and four designers to discuss
commonly addressed questions and issues to see what the hype is about tools and technologies, where we are at the present time, and where we may be in the future.
• THE STRANGE & BIZARRE •
Pecans, almonds, cashews... all sort of nuts filtered through cleavage. Really. This one is even stranger than our House of Cheese and Extreme Ironing. Filtered between women's breasts.
• BOOKSHELF •
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