The Global Online Magazine of Arts, Information & Entertainment

January-Febuary 2015 |Volume 11 Number 1


Top New Groups in Europe’s Music Scene

Fred Roberts




A photographic exploration of change

Steven Verona


Creative Nonfiction

Life Always Seems to Surprise Me/ Dr. Heart Stat

Steve Bromburg



On Location/France

Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret


Featured Posts


miler_320teaseJohn Smelcer

America’s Scrappy Novelist (and poet?): A Memoir of Norman Mailer 


Creative Nonfiction

aidsMolly Krause

A Legacy of

AIDS in Ebola



bishkek_fictionWilliam T. Hathaway

Night in Bishkek

A shot woke the man. He lifted his head, not knowing where he…




Benoit Jammes

SKITCHEN: The secret sporting life

of our friends the fruits and vegetables



A whole new look

Bina Sarkar Ellias from Mumbai, publisher of the exquisite International Gallerie galleriemagazine, preceded reading a few of her poems at Jadite Gallery in Hell’s Kitchen (New York City) in late December with a brief commentary on her goals and wishes: that her magazine, and her life, help illuminate understanding for and an appreciation of the diversity of characters in the great play we’re all in, with its new passages and chapters written into history with each passing moment. The diversity of the assemblage at that gathering was certainly representative of her dream, and of so many…


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Photographer Janez Vlachy’s City Night series

Slovenian photographer Janez Vlachy captures “the special atmosphere of  cities at night,  which is so much different than during the day. The process is very slow, as I shoot with the large format camera. Sometimes police come along checking on what I am doing; I always carry some identification on me. I like the tranquility of the process.”

Also see his previous work in and more of this series at his website.

Most Recent Posts

Night in Bishkek / William T. Hathaway

He looked out over the sprawling Central Asian capital and the Kyrgyz Air Force base across the street. At the corner a metal gate had been blown open. It had been part of a walled perimeter, had blocked a road leading into the base. Next to the guard house lay a soldier, chest dark with blood, a stubby rifle strapped across it. Two trucks—a pickup and a semi—were driving over the runway. A machine gun was sandbagged atop the cab of the pickup, and the men behind it wore ski masks and long robes in the eighty-degree heat. He moved toward the door. To defend her, he had to get the rifle…

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John Smelcer on Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer holds a special place in American literature, and not simply because he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction twice (in 1969 for The Armies of the Night and again in 1980 for The Executioner’s Song), a feat few other novelists have achieved…

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Then and Now / Steve Poleskie

I have begun writing this on the evening before Thanksgiving Day. Outside it is snowing and has been since morning. Over much of the northeast the snow has closed down airports and stranded thousands of travelers trying to get home for the holidays. I, however, am sitting here comfortably…

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A Legacy of AIDS / Molly Krause

I was listening to the radio, making a sandwich, when I heard that Eric Duncan had died. I lost my appetite. Media coverage of Duncan, the first known Ebola patient on American soil, had been reminding me of another patient I hadn’t thought of in years—Ryan White. A sick feeling came over me when I heard Ryan died, too, back in 1990…

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Alexis Rhone Fancher

Four poems from her upcoming book of L.A. noir…
When I turned fourteen, my mother’s sister took me to lunch and said:
soon you’ll have breasts. They’ll mushroom on your
smooth chest like land mines…

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On Location/France

Milo Moiré demands total freedom for her art. This can take different forms, because every creator has his/her own reconstruction of reality. As the Swiss artist (of Slovak and Iberian heritage) cultivates the embodiment of nudity, it is at the same moment to remove the constraints of…

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How We Do Holiday Greetings

The Personal Touch

People used to save their Christmas and other holiday cards from year to year, sometimes filling boxes with greetings never to be seen or read again, as they were stashed in sealed boxes in the back of the attic until a next-gen found and threw them away…

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Murray Alfredson

Hamas Is that jihad war for Allah and his people?, and victory that you have shown the world the evil of your foes? Allah the hundred- named if he is all you say faces no danger; the shells the bombs the phosphorus that you with pinprick rockets prod your enemies to... read more

Corbett Reynolds / Art

Life was much different for gay men and women in 1970s’ Columbus, Ohio. The few gay bars in town were mostly dives, and had no signage or visible street presence. Police raids were common, as was harassment from the general populace. It was at this time that a charming little man named Corbett Reynolds came along and helped put the city of Columbus on the map…

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Fred Roberts / Music

November 2014, in a bus winding its way to Salzwedel in what used to be the German Democratic Republic, a mix tape plays over the speakers, an uncanny compilation of anthems of the late ’70s/early ’80s generation…

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Politics / Palombo

One might suggest that the situations in Ferguson and New York City speak for themselves. After all, the actual incidents and the ensuing protests have been splattered across all our screens with every available expert offering his/her opinion on what transpired – what more could be said…

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Stephen Verona / MAO to NOW

In 1980 I was sent to China to direct a movie staring Ingrid Bergman. It was to be the first American-Chinese co-production in over forty years. Filming was to take place in Peking (now called Beijing), Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai. It was mid- September-early October and the weather was beautiful. I had never been to China…

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Photo Editor Choice / January-Febuary 2015

I used to say, “Don’t you know that lemons and bananas love Tony Hawk, too?” Kickflip and nosegrind between the pan and the olive oil, Skitchen series shows the secret sporting life of our friends the fruits and veggies on wheels when we leave the kitchen…

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Mitch James / Fiction

We’ve been waiting for the world to end now for seven months, three days, and twelve hours. We know how we’ll go. Our life now is preparing for it, yet I don’t even look up to see it anymore…

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Galanty Miller / ReTweets

They say an elephant never forgets. That’s why elephant marriages rarely work out./ It’s a hot night, but luckily my blanket is air-conditioned./ I cut off all my hair to support my friend who was diagnosed with cancer during his skinhead rally./ I thought I was gonna murder that guy first. So I had to kill him in self-offense./ When I die, I hope I’m not reincarnated as someone on their death bed…

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