New Issue of Southern Cross Review
- For those interested in web-based initiatives...
Southern Cross Review Number 5 (May-June) is now on the web at
The accent in the "Social Issues" category is on Ute Craemer. SCR has been
serializing her book, "Favela Children", since issue one and will continue
to do so until its end. However, the dramatic events of the past months,
which resulted in Ute having to leave Brazil temporarily, convinced me of
the necessity of informing SCR readers now.Therefore a new article by her
appears this month as the lead story, followed by three chapters of
Paul Carline takes on modern Darwinism (not evolution as such) in his
important, clearly expressed article which will be of great interest to
everyone who has ever doubted Darwinism, but fears being taken for a
"creationist". Also in the "Science" category, is the last chapter of
Michael Friedjung's book, "Putting Soul into Science". Previous chapters
are available in "Back Issues".
As promised last time, there is more information from the "Alliance for
Childhood" in the form of an essay by Colleen Cortes, of special interest
to educators and parents. The Alliance dares to swim against the current
of technology in education.
Fiction comes on strong with four short stories. One by me (as usual)
about terrorist times in Argentina and some of the people who lived
through that. Barbara Lefcowitz is back with another Polish story. But
wait...Polish? Who ever heard of a Polish Tango? Read it and find out. In
"Waffle House Blues", Michael Sandler combines realistic atmosphere with
the telling of something true about the human condition. And Garry
Dwyer-Joyce places his "Relunctant Marksman" in the chaos of Eastern
Europe where death dances with a fading morality.
In the Children's Corner you'll find a story by Gaither Stewart about a
little Mexican boy and his mother. It's one of those stories that will
interest everyone, children and adults alike. In fact, I was in doubt as
to whether the children's category is the right place for it. But now that
it's there, it looks right. Hope you agree. The other children's piece,
"The Tiny Totem", by Tomius Strauss is more a musing than a story, but so
charming that I couldn't resist it.
The Poetry section resorts to a master who is more known for his essays
than his poetry, but who has a lot to say in both fields: Ralph Waldo
Emerson. Also a tongue-in-cheeker by me.
The "Philosophy" section will probably be a one-time affair, since it
definitively answers the question: Why did Chicken Cross the Road?
"Back Issues" illustrates one of the advantages of the web: if you read a
print magazine, once finished you usually throw it away - or, if you want
to keep it you clog up your house with yellowing paper. Here in SCR you
have a free library to browse in any time you like - and it doesn't even
clog your hard disk. You may be interested in knowing that the number of
"hits" enjoyed by SCR has been steadily increasing. The last issue (4) had
1,170, which doesn't mean that all those people read every item. The total
hits on the stories and articles was 1,450.
Frank Thomas Smith
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