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Three Just and Moving Tributes

I couldn't help but notice that the August issue of Scene4 contains three eloquent eulogies to artists from varying discliplines who could have not been more different, except for the consistent excellence of their work. I refer to Arthur Meiselman's article on Ingmar Bergman, Karren Alenier's on Beverly Sills, and Kathi Wolfe's on Doug Marlette. I was glad for those articles, because they paid just tribute to three great artists, and because they reminded us just how much great art improves and enriches our lives.

Miles Moore

Bravo and Brava

Thank you Scene4 for another beautifully presented, provocative issue. You are one of the best kept secrets on the internet and in journalism as well.
Louis Laird
read the April 2008 issue

Bravo and Brava

Amen! Please make a print edition.
Anee W.
read the April 2008 issue

Congratulations to all the good people

To all the good people of Scene4 and the magazine, congratulations for you to get down the long journey to the year 10. Please take my not adequate words as very sincere love for what you do and the beautiful way you write for the arts and make the beautiful presentation of your magazine. If I tell you that with that you have also helped me to make my English better, not good yet but better. Believe it. You show me and others how very, very important is the arts and how terrible life would be without them. I think why you do this is also very, very important. Thank you and stay blessed as you already are.

Jorge Lobos - Santiago, Chile

Much Ado about the Diva Scale

Terrific review but white print/black background is much to difficult to read for an entire article. An occasional white on black "punch" field may be fine, an entire article too tedious to read. Too bad, it was a welcome review.

Barbara Witte

read Renate Stendhal's article

For Our 10th Anniversary- Kathi Wolfe Rides Again!

And like "Destry" she returns from the 'dust' of a bad shoot-out with fate... with her wry and poetic fast-draw intact. You won't want to miss Kathi's take on things mortal - For the Love of Heaven in the May issue. Welcome back to Life Among the Heffalumps, Kathi, we 'thumpers' missed you.

And in this last issue of our 10th year of publication, take some time with Michael Bettencourt's usual penetrating insights on the 'homelessness' of playwrights - Outrageous Fortune; Nathan Thomas' wise and enduring view on the 'business of show' - Sleeper Awake; Martin Challis' down-under head-turning commentary on 'the theatre of sports' - The Shared Experience along with the latest chapter of his serialized novel - Where Cedar Creek Falls ; and Les Marcott's down-to-earth, Texas-Hold 'Em view on 'private matters and public apologies - Apologist for the Unapologetic.

All inView in the May issue of Scene4, online May 1st... including reviews and insights of film, dance, books, opera, the Arts of Thailand by some of the best writers on the web. And top it off with a quick go-around with "The Old Hippy" - Memories That 'Chitter' the Heart'.

Year 11 begins in June!

The Late-Nighters at Scene4 -
International Magazine of Arts and Media

The Arts of Thailand

As a long-time subscriber to this magazine and a former resident of Thailand, it's been a joy to see the coverage you give to this marvelous and unique culture. The arts have been a river flowing through Thai history and defining the unique Thai lifestyle and view of life. I only wish you could expand your coverage to include much more of what Thai arts create and offer. That said, I can only commend with great praise the work of Ms Yasovant to bring Thai arts to your readers. Kop kun kap and thank you.

Stuart Medlin

read Janine Yasovant's current article - in English and Thai

...and check the archives for more of her articles

On 'The Dresser' - Karren Alenier's Blog

From a comment posted to Karren Alenier's blog at Scene4...

I've been rereading a number of The Dresser's postings and I'm ashamed I haven't written before not only to thank you but to say how marvelous it is what you've been doing over this time. I have no reason to flatter -- you've brought such a fine critical intelligence and in a writing style that keeps one (me) moving from one sentence to another. Ann and I haven't gone to all that much in D.C. this year, so The Dressing has been a vicarious way of doing that. A bit of hyperbole maybe but not all that much. We did get to the Joe Louis opera -- I've seen numbers of Leon Major's productions, all of which have been strikingly distinctive. The voicies espeically of Carmon Balthrop and Adrienne Webster, as you say, were compelling -- Webster had terrific dramatic presence. I loved the staging -- the modern Greek chorus, the movement with chairs, the masks, the lighting, Kirby Malone and his partner's projections. The structure of the storytelling might have been more adventurous -- I felt my attention flag at times, which could easily have been me and not the libretto. I only read the Washington Post review later on, not wanting to be prejudiced, and the criticism had some validity, though in truth I was caught up in the production. I'm not a great fan of so-called biopics and so when I say it might have been more adventurous, something different than the linear storytelling. Then your observations about the Terra Cotta warriors, the differences between seeing them in Xian and at the National Geographic -- first rate. When I first read your post on Split This Rock, your comment about Holly Bass didn't register with me -- I didn't know her work and so it passed over. But on Friday night, a bunch of us were at the Enoch Pratt for a reading for Kim's Full Moon -- Holly read and did her "In This District," which I loved.

Merrill Leffler

read Karren Alenier's blog

Two things about the May issue

First, I feel incredibly pleased and gratified by Renate Stendhal's kind and generous letter about my reviews. To receive such praise from a writer of her stature is an honor indeed. Second, I loved Nathan Thomas' appreciation of the great Sir Derek Jacobi. I hope Mr. Thomas enjoyed Sir Derek's performance as Lear (I can't imagine otherwise). I myself have been fortunate enough to see Sir Derek four times in the flesh: on stage in "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Breaking the Code," and "A Voyage Round My Father," and as himself at a speaking engagement at The National Press Club. Sir Derek was as charming, witty and self-deprecating as one could wish. He spoke of just barely losing the role of Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs" to Anthony Hopkins: "Tony was brilliant, damn him, but I should have liked to have a go at it!" He also told the tale of being approached meanicngly by an extremely intimidating U.S. Customs official. The official's demand? "Show us your limp!"

Miles David Moore

read Nathan Thomas' article

Your Perspectives Photography

Jon Rendell is a magician, a superb craftsman and a master of "perspective." And Ms Bennett, who shoots like that at 16. If I could have shot like that at 16 I wouldn't be the snapper that I am today. Thanks for these wonderful displays in your great magazine!

Arthur B. Morris

visit Perspectives

Ashley Judd

Scene4 does not have a "feminist orientation toward the arts and media". It has a number of writers, both women and men, who support feminist issues regarding the arts as well as other issues including, on occasion, contra-feminist views. It is an international magazine of arts and media with a multi-cultural readership in over 102 countries. It has no stated political or philosophical editorial policy, only its adherence to the highest journalistic standards it can achieve and maintain.

The Editors

read the original 'Ashley Judd' post below

Great Photographs & Articles

I love the photographs by Jon Rendell. The beautiful photos of Paris remind me so much of the time spent there and how much I love the city, the bars, the restaurants and just roaming around the city getting lost and discovering interesting places and people.

Thank you Scene 4 for consistently producing great works of art and very interesting articles.

Mikael Wagner

Thank you for the kind words and
a special note of appreciation from Jon Rendell.
--The Editors

view Jon Rendell's photography

Notes to the Editor "Letterettes"

(Brief comment snippets by readers that don't
quite make it through the editorial review.)

On This Issue

Loved it!
SP - U.S.
The opening movie is awesome.
Great graphics.
Where's the crossword puzzle?
KP - U.S.
More languages please. Thank you.
PG - Czech Republic

Babylon Revisted

Excellent reviews. Thank you.
AAS - Italy
Mr. Moore writes good with passion.
HN - Japan
Need clips and trailers. Thank you.
HW - France

Water Spiders

I love her, she's like my mother.
TT - U.S.
Is she kidding or what?
BG - U.S.

Confessions of a Mask

Rendell is a photographer for all seasons.
Strange and beautiful.
ER - Ireland
Beautiful light and shadings.

The Art of David Wiley

He's made me a collector of him. Thank you.

Theatre Thoughts

He reads like a pro.
ES - U.S.
Much learning here. Thank you very much.
GA - Germany

Bowdoin Festival
Beautiful. Thank you.
BW - U.S.

Hong Kong at 4:30pm

Yes and yes. Thank you.
AJ - Hong Kong
A little homophobic don't you think?
J - U.S.

Tales of Hoffman

Renate is so demanding. Good writing.
CZ - Brazil
Poor SF Opera. I cry to them.
MG - India

Where Cats Have Lease
Funny and sad and not eat them.
GV - France

Garden Poetics

Thanks for Molly Bashaw. Nice to read.
RW - Singapore
Reminds me of Emily Dickinson but heavier.

The Exile

This is for sure a thriller.
TN - South Africa

Read the Current Issue

Beautiful Photography

A hearty hear,hear! Add to the qualties mentioned - class, real class. The shame is that the publisher has to come out with a hat-in-hand appeal for charity to keep going. Shouldn't be. This book should be supported by paid subscriptions. Why don't they do that?

Michael Aptrow

It was tested on two occasions with $1/issue subscriptions or $5 for a full year of 12 issues. The immediate result was a 50% drop in readership. Evidently, our readers, whose demographic skews toward "mature, literate, educated, with disposable income" are willling to pay for a paper-print publication but consider a web 'print' version to be strictly a part of the free-for-all of the internet.
-- The Editors


This issue is indeed Special. It belongs on every desk in every school room in America and everywhere else for that matter.

Lou Laird

see Arts&Politics-the January Special Issue

On Scene4 in Print

It was sad when I realized that there is no print edition of the magazine. It's way too beautiful to be confined to the digital dustbin.

Sasha Merkay

That's a shame, because it is beautiful art.

Ann Hart

What's In A Name?

Your January Special Issue, Arts&Politics, was a great bit of timely and absorbing publishing. You should have have titled this issue: "Arts&Politics-2". Maybe you should change the name of the magazine to "Arts&Politics - Scene 4" and then Scene 5 and Scene 6, etc. It's what's happening isn't it?

Michael Aptrow

A true writer speaking

Beautiful and archetypal, your story of how writing started early in life, and stayed with you. Mine started just like that, with a poem at age 6 that stated (in German and in rhymes) "I want to see everything, everything, and never be against." Against what? Mystery... All of writing is a mystery. Mine ran into a nasty teacher at age 10 who detested my passion of seeing and saying everything. It went underground, surfacing again over early paintings of Kandinsky. Maybe that's part of the reason why Scene4 is my magazine of choice: writing paired with art and exquisite design. Yours is a unique vision of bringing writing into the world -- and keeping it there. A labor of love for all of us to enjoy.

Renate Stendhal

read Arthur Meiselman's column

Ms Renaud, Ms Welty, Ms McCullers & Mr. Capote on a Summer Day

After reading the first few sentences of Ms Renaud's evocative story "Summer Day," I was transported to a white veranda where I was joined by the author, Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers and Truman Capote. The magical word choices, the descriptive passages, the names of the characters, and the setting all carry on in such a genuine way, the story-telling tradition of the guests on that veranda.

Thank you for this beautiful, poetic story, which through its simplicity, is truly epic!

Hans Gallas

read Harriet Halliday Renaud's story

Monsieur Ambivalence

A rare treat, Judy Moritz, to read your comment. I thank you for making me laugh as I am the type of writer who would rather do anything than be selling anything! But as you so kindly suggest, I'll give it a try. How about a peek at my brand-new Scene4 Archive? 10 years of blissful and sometimes hilarious collaboration with the excellent Arthur Meiselman. All now in neat categories, with dates and easy one-click access... You'll find it at the bottom of my March article, Monsieur Ambivalence. There, I've done it. Are you buying it?

Renate Stendhal

read Renate Stendhal's review

Monsieur Bivalence

I buy it. Nicely done. What a body of work. 10 years you say? More like a lifetime. I hope you'll keep adding to it for another 10 years. Now for that book that Scene4 should publish and you should sell. I'll buy it.

Judy Moritz

see Renate Stendhal's archive


This is a great issue (April 2014), an unusual 360 degree perspective of how far we've come and how little we've accomplished. I was especially taken with Michael Bettencourt's "Magic Towel" article. It's instructive and enlightening and should be twittered relentlessly. It's a tale for our times.

Rachel Tyler Dormath

read Michael Bettencourt's article

Ode to A

I like this kind of teaching best. No preaching, no saintliness, a bit of cynical fun, and a lot of knowledge to take us on a snappy, fabulous tour de monde réligieux. Ode to Arthur Meiselman, also known as Arteur Editfleur, the writer and the maker and shaker of Scene4. Happily riding on his coat-tails as a contributor, I can't even imagine how much work it must be to bring out this sumptuous magazine (sans ads) every month. We owe you a lot, Arthur, and gratefully wish you a prosperous, poetic new year. Sing, pray, love for the continued charmed ride of this magazine!

Renate Stendhal

Arthur Meiselman's column: "Heaven"


What do Ted Williams, Billy Jack, Black Eagle, HAL, the great Yuan Yuan Tan, and Edward Curtis have in common? They're all in this issue of Scene4 (June 2016) and the title of this issue should be: "Legacies". Seems like we're spending an awful lot of time lately "legacying" and forgetting as soon as we remember. I don't know about the "we".

Michael. Aptrow

About Scene4

Your magazine is slick, as elegant as they come. It's a delight to the senses to page through it. But it's the photos, and artworks, and especially the writing that makes this journal a collectible. Since it's on the Internet it will be there forever, and that's a good thing. My preference of course would be a print edition as well. It would be beautiful in that format. But this wish and the reality of publishing don't mix. Thank you for this edition.

Ben Gefflen

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