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The Never-Never Road

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Miko Sala: Art Director
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Contributors to this issue:

Joe Sonnenblick /New York City is Forever King
Joe Sonnenblick is an actor and writer, has studied under the tutelage of New York’s dope fiends, pushers, vagrants and women. Thanks to coffee and pot.
jsonnenblick@gmail.com

Federico Bebber/Sanity Preserved in Darkness
Federico Bebber was born in 1974 in Udine, Italy. Since 1998 he deals with digital art. He uses digital tools based on photography.
His creative process usually takes place slowly and at night.
eiko@eiko.biz

Pablo Unzueta/Walking with Images: Pablo Unzueta
“I’m driven to show people the harsh realities,” says Pablo Unzueta (@unzueta_), a Los Angeles-based photographer who studies journalism at a local community college and works part time as a short order cook. “I just want to spotlight those who need more attention from the mainstream society.” The 20-year-old Chilean-American was introduced to photography by his grandmother. “She made her living as a wedding photographer, and whenever she could, my grandmother would travel to places like Ecuador, El Salvador and other parts of Central America documenting the immense poverty taking place,” he says. “My grandmother is an important influence. Those trips to her darkroom will never be forgotten.”
p.armandophotography@gmail.com

Maynard Switzer/Maynard Switzer: Take me to the Tea Fields
While traveling the globe for that unforgettable image, Maynard Switzer’s graphic use of color and composition enables him to capture every nuance of the human spirit and its environment.
Born in Los Angeles, Maynard received his early training at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and upon graduation apprenticed for the legendary Richard Avedon in New York City. He then went on to open his own studio specializing in beauty and fashion photography, working for a very diverse group of advertising, design and editorial clients. He recently broadened his creative horizons to pursue travel, portrait and documentary photography.
maynardswitzer.com

Chris Sallquist/Arts Mashing with Chris Sallquist
Chris lives in Seattle. In addition to creating art, he is an actor, writer, editor and podcaster. His work, including custom portraits, is available on his website www.artsmashing.com.
chris.sallquist@gmail.com

Bibi Lorenzetti is an NYC-based Level II Ashtanga Yoga Teacher and holistic health coach. She received her Level II Authorization from the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in 2014, and has had the honor of assisting R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India.
bibi.lorenzetti@gmail.com

Julien Dumas/The Woman Remains the Same
Julien Dumas’s photography work invites the viewer to make his or her own story. He uses nudity as a canvas for the human spirit and equalizes gender and ethnic with the delicate stroke of his camera in his series ‘Non Ethnie’. In his latest series, ‘Lost in …’ he depicts the solitude of humans embedded in stark landscapes. contact@juliendumas.fr

Maria Giulia Prezioso Maramotti/South of the Border, West of the Sun/The Big White Hug
Maria Giulia Prezioso Maramotti (aka MJ) is a born and raised Italian who lives in NYC, and before that in Paris and London. She works in the fashion business.
She is first a sailor and a globetrotter. The dream of her life is to go sailing around the world. She is addicted to rock, blues, jazz, and the hugest fan of the AC MILAN soccer team.
She loves running, biking, swimming, hiking and every sports which involves being outdoor and close to water and wind.

mjgiulspreziosomaramotti@gmail.com

Thor Benson /I’m Ready to Talk About Feminism/Religion has Become a Sickness that Needs to be Cured
Thor Benson is a traveling writer currently based in Portland, Oregon. Benson has been featured in literary journals across the country, including: Black Heart Magazine, Empirical Magazine, The Conium Review, FictionBrigade, and more. He is also a freelance journalist for publications like Vice Magazine, Examiner.com, and DailyKos. Benson can be found at a run-down whiskey bar.
thorbenson@gmail.com

One Response to “The Never-Never Road”

  1. Liam says:

    Well, my brother works for GM (and is sggurtling to save his job), so I have a different perspective. But I agree that the U.S. auto industry made some bad decisions. Eight years ago, they were making money hand over fist on SUVs, big trucks, and such, so they continued to manufacture them. Japanese manufacturers, on the other hand were making more fuel efficient cars. American car makers didn’t see the handwriting on the wall that the demand for these big gas guzzlers was going to change, so they suffered. I also agree with you that, in order to survive, our auto makers will have to adapt to a time when we will be using less fossil fuels.On the other hand, I don’t see this as a reason to let the auto industry sink. And I think our media has gotten so used to talk of bail outs, throwing around huge dollar amounts, that we’ve forgotten this isn’t an either/or question (either sink $25 billion into the car industry, with no strings attached or throw them to the wolves.) I’ve been told GM is only asking for a government *loan* to help get them through the coming year. (For various reasons, their financial picture may is expected to look different in 2010). There is a middle ground.I have also heard experts say that 1 in 10 jobs in the U.S. are tied to the auto industry. This includes suppliers of materials for cars, people who transport them, sellers, and so forth. So while our economy will have to adapt and evolve, I think it would be unwise for our government to turn its back on this problem, especially when we’re trying to avoid a depression.

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