September 2023


The Arctic
Over A Century of
Exploration, Study, and Art

Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold

High Pressure
Reality, BlackBerry
Two recent and excellent movies depict situations in which the protagonists find themselves in trouble with government investigators.
Miles David Moore

Some Murals
in San Francisco

The Photography of Jon Rendell


Derry Girls Say Nothing
MichaelBettencourt | Scene4 Magazine | www.scene4.comLast October, the Marvelous María Beatriz and I finished watching the final season of Derry Girls, which ends with the vote in 1998 for the Good Friday Agreement. 
Michael Bettencourt

Croissants and DarkRoast Coffee
Arthur Danin Adler  Scene4 MagazineThere are few, if any, singers today who can deliver a song with only a piano behind them or a subdued trio... no throbbing percussion, no ejaculating bass, just the singer and her lyrics.
Arthur Danin Adler

Spiral walk
Claudine Jones | Scene4 MagazineThis is another one of those grim late-night screeds it
seems appropriate to barf up—at least a soupçon—as
a toxin release.

Claudine Jones

All This Talk Of Aliens
Les Marcott | Scene4 Magazine |
When there is not talk about the Trump indictments, President Biden's incoherence, or the war in Ukraine alien chatter has become front and center.
Les Marcott

 No Spare People, by Erin Hoover
Gregory Luce | Scene4 MagazineThe very first poem in the book lays out the seemingly impossible array of tasks that face the creative woman who is also expected to raise and nurture a child.
Gregory Luce

What Is It About Blackbirds?
Patrick Walsh | Scene4 MagazineSome genius whose name has been unjustly effaced by time penned a short poem in the boggy mists of 9th century Ireland. It has delighted readers and listeners ever since.
Patrick Walsh


The Slo-Mo of Audiences for Poetry
The Steiny Road Poet organized and scripted an in-person reading of five poets including herself for the Arts Club of Washington on July 21, 2023.
Karren Alenier

How Annandale Went Out

First published in 1910, long before medically assisted suicide became legal in Edwin Arlington Robinson's Maine.

David Alpaugh

Pahas Tongting
พะหัสย์ ทองติง
His humility and courage to present himself to be accepted and his relentless education placed him and his artwork in the public eye.
Janine Yasovant

A Lot You've Wanted to Know
About Kandinsky and Theatre, cont.

Are you aware of people who came up with theatre ideas similar to Kandinsky's, perhaps stemming from similar sources of influence?.
Kiril Bolotnikov and Lissa Tyler Renaud

Revenge is a Dish Best Tasted Cold
 Before being kicked out, I attended a parochial high school for two years—two years of Hell, or of preparation for the arcane tortures of the Apocalypse.

Brian George



Dialogues From Love!     Altenir Silva  
The Director leaves the stage. They change their emotions from loving to hateful. They both speak quietly but sharply, always trying not to be heard.

Quadrangle     Harriet Halliday Renaud  
Janie's voice on the phone was very clear and almost brisk, attending only to present business. Scott didn't remember Janie's ever having sounded like that.


Fire Reborn | The Art of SS Burrus-A Retrospective | Scene4 Magazine |
Patrick Nagel - It's In the Eyes | Scene4 Magazine |

A 15-Year Quest
I remember painting what turned out to be my largest finished canvas. It then waited some 15 years until its time arrived.
The Art of Philip Gerstein

Omo River Pilgrim
The Art of David Wiley

The Art of SS. Burrus
A Retrospective

When the Earth is ravaged
and the animals are dying,
a new tribe of people will appear
on the Earth

Patrick Nagel
It's in the Eyes



Scene4 Magazine: Perspectives - Audio | Theatre Thoughts  | Michael Bettencourt  |

Theatre Thoughts
An entertaining array of audio essays on an array
of theatre topics by an astute and entertaining essayist

You Don't Say!
Occasional Musings by an occasionally amused writer



Undress Me  
In a bar, Laura turns to Stefan and asks him to
undress her, by word of mouth, in his best mother tongue

Light Fantastic  
Weighty matters of brain neurons and addiction, two kisses, single-malt scotch, the green dance of blue, yellow lasers

Ear Buds
What happens when we love our devices
 — and they love us back

The Greed Gene
A young couple is told by their genetic counselor that
their child has the greed gene, there is nothing they can do


Letters to the Editor






Prior Issues
From The Archives


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July/August 2015|

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October 2014|

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July 2014|

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April 2014|

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January 2014|

Everything Old Is New Again
January 2013|

What Is Obscenity and What's Not?
January 2012|

A Brief But Quirky History of the Arts
January 2011|

The Rising Fall of the Arts
January 2010|

The One
January 2009|

What Is Art?
January 2008|

View of the Arts
January 2007|

The Art of Sex in the Arts
February 2006|

State of the Art of the Arts
October 2005|


The Steiny Road
Index of Karren Alenier's
columns and writings

Film Reviews
Index of Miles David Moore's 
reviews and writings

Index of Renate Stendhal's
writings and reviews

Index of Arthur Danin Adler's
columns and writings

Kandinsky Anew
Index of the series by
Lissa Tyler Renaud


Good Reading Is Currently On Sale Here

Karren Alenier
The Dresser addresses what's
underneath the art

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