Southern Cross Review

Review of fiction, education, science, current events,
essays, book reviews, poetry and Anthroposophy

Number 81, March - April 2012


Henri Matisse (31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954) was a French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture.

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Toward Social Transformation - an Outline by Frank Thomas Smith

The objective of any conscious changes in society's structures, if they are to be positive, must be to provide a social environment in which humanity is able to realize its potential in freedom – with respect for each other, the creatures and nature. In order to provide the conditions within which this objective can be achieved, a structural transformation is necessary. Those who own and/or control the means of production have created the myth that their system of private ownership is the only alternative to totalitarianism and the only road to well-being (“the pursuit of happiness”). ...Read more

Note: My wife and I would like to rent an apartment for two weeks in New York City this spring. Please let me know if you can help: [email protected]. Thanks.

Hacia la Transformación Social - un Bosquejo por Frank Thomas Smith

El objetivo de cualquier cambio consciente de las estructuras de la sociedad, si es que ha de ser positivo, debe consistir en proporcionar un medio social en el que la humanidad sea capaz de realizar su potencial en libertad –con respeto por los demás seres humanos y otras criaturas, y por la naturaleza. Para crear las condiciones dentro de las cuales este objetivo pueda ser logrado, es necesaria una transformación estructural. Quienes poseen y/o controlan los medios de producción han creado el mito de que su sistema de propiedad privada es la única alternativa al totalitarismo y el único camino hacia el bienestar (“la búsqueda de la felicidad”) ...Read more

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O Americano, Outra Vez! by Richard Feynman

Cornell had some foreign language classes which followed a method used during the war, in which small groups of about ten students and one native speaker speak only the foreign language-nothing else. Since I was a rather young-looking professor there at Cornell, I decided to take the class as if I were a regular student. And since I didn't know yet where I was going to end up in South America, I decided to take Spanish, because the great majority of the countries there speak Spanish. So when it was time to register for the class, we were standing outside, ready to go into the classroom, when this pneumatic blonde came along. You know how once in a while you get this feeling, WOW? She looked terrific. I said to myself, "Maybe she's going to be in the Spanish class - that'll be great!" But no, she walked into the Portuguese class. So I figured, What the hell - I might as well learn Portuguese ... Read more

The Crash and Burn Future of Robot Warfare by Nick Turse

American fighter jets screamed over the Iraqi countryside heading for the MQ-1 Predator drone, while its crew in California stood by helplessly.  What had begun as an ordinary reconnaissance mission was now taking a ruinous turn.  In an instant, the jets attacked and then it was all over.  The Predator, one of the Air Force’s workhorse hunter/killer robots, had been obliterated ... Read more

Children's Corner

My Cat is a Magician by Frank Thomas Smith

One morning when my mother woke me up I saw her looking at the foot of my bed. I followed her gaze and saw a beautiful white cat observing me with its yellow eyes. The cat yawned and walked lightly over the bed towards me. I didn't dare touch it until it reached my hand and rubbed against it with its delicate head. Then I stroked it. Daddy came into my room and asked me if I liked Merlin the cat...Oh yes, very much, I said. Daddy said that Merlin was mine and if I gave him a lot of love and affection he would be happy with us. I was also very happy and I thanked my parents... But why is his name Merlin? I asked...Read more


A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J. D. Salinger

THERE WERE ninety-seven New York advertising men in the hotel, and, the way they were monopolizing the long-distance lines, the girl in 507 had to wait from noon till almost two-thirty to get her call through. She used the time, though. She read an article in a women's pocket-size magazine, called "Sex Is Fun-or Hell." She washed her comb and brush. She took the spot out of the skirt of her beige suit. She moved the button on her Saks blouse. She tweezed out two freshly surfaced hairs in her mole. When the operator finally rang her room, she was sitting on the window seat and had almost finished putting lacquer on the nails of her left hand.... Read more


Esoteric Lessons for the First Class of the School for Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum -
Lesson Three
by Rudolf Steiner

During the re-founding of the Anthroposophical Society at Christmas 1923, Rudolf Steiner also reconstituted the “Esoteric School” which had originally functioned in Germany from 1904 until 1914, when the outset of the First World War made it's continuance impossible. However, the original school was only for a relatively few selected individuals, whereas the new school was incorporated into the School for Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland.
Lesson Three

Karmic Relations, Volume II, Lecture 2 by Rudolf Steiner

In recent lectures we have been speaking of definite karmic relationships — not with the object of finding anything sensational in the successive earthly lives we have studied, but in order to arrive step by step at a really concrete understanding of the connections of destiny in human life. I have described successive earthly lives of certain historic figures, in order to give an idea of how one earthly life works on into the next — and that is not an easy matter... Read more


Christ Comes to Skopelos
by Frank Thomas Smith

Christ consents to be called
To Skopelos
One Easter Sunday
Several years before his year
They've been calling him continually
In all their white-walled
Icon-laden churches,
Never expecting he'd hear their songs. ...Read more

A German Requiem by James Fenton


It is not what they built. It is what they knocked down.
It is not the houses. It is the spaces in between the houses.
It is not the streets that exist. It is the streets that no longer exist.
It is not your memories which haunt you.
It is not what you have written down.
It is what you have forgotten, what you must forget.
What you must go on forgetting all your life. ... Read more

The Touchstone by John Salter

The Hunter valley is depressing,
especially that part just east of Muswellbrook.
Or at least that's how I found it.
Yet when you come to that place, up through the Hawksbury valley, there are
so many traces of what this place must have once been like.
But that was before large mining companies set about digging large holes - usually ignored by the people's news media - as a by-product of our ever-growing need for energy ... Read more

Letters to the Editor

Dear Frank,
The title of your opening story [The Imposter Magi] so captivated my attention that I stopped working on my next book and cleaning my office to read it.  THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'm still laughing—what a marvelous gift for January 2nd - - and of course for January 5th.  I've already read it now 3 times!!! I'm sure I'm not the first to post a comments, but I hope we get to read others...
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