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I Forget You For Ever Perceval Press

Leaves. A simple opening word that could take the reader in so many directions. But when bookended by a father's words, "Today you left home as a young man, moving over a threshold and across the country to begin a new life. We will continue to see each other, and I'll continue to have interests that distract me from your naturally less frequent requests for sharing time. Hopefully, though, I'll remember that our play days are limited, and to say 'yes' for as long as we have us," the mind goes to how many times you as a parent did not say yes or as child you were told no, not now, later, honey I'm working three jobs, or I'm completely exhausted.

At times intimate and others distant. A walk through memories of regret, pride, pain and growth as a person. A reminiscing on death, a death yesterday and one that will come tomorrow. A life dictated to by plane trips, call sheets, premiere sets and the next character, if there is one. The vague word love is detailed and made clear then fades to a drink on a plane and the relentless scrawl of a pencil. A cowboy hat reflection mirrors a psychedelic blur of red and sky. The vague connectedness of life is depicted through haunting text and images.

Yet there are images of past thoughts from books with shimmering and naked pool photos that seem to appear again for the author. Only this time the image is more complete: an antler shard or perhaps a shell - both of the same meaning - beside a bare foot with a red background. All three appear in one shot versus the prior publication where the three elements were individual distinct yet connected shots.

Images of the youthful exuberance of children have also been a theme in this author's previous work that is again in this publication. But so too, the images seem more complete, unfolded and understood.

Grey photos of broken sidewalks continue the idea of a life sharding back together. Flip a few more pages to a shot of only a cracked sidewalk - at that moment life was not as broken as at other points in time. A half picked-over carcass furthers feelings of inadequacy and a broken heart. Flip over a few more pages and a conqueror-wanderer silhouette on a mountaintop was a brighter day.

Further than a moody look back on life, or look ahead. Rather deep ingrained memories of tarnished ideas of self are imparted into the reader's memory. I Forget You Forever felt an emotional look into a person's image of self - at times distorted and others honest - ending with white out images of unsure exposition juxtaposed next to green, sunlight and forest friends.

The motif of the work seems someone understanding decisions and consequences of life - and not being entirely satisfied with either. Mortensen's work has matured, and maybe the author seems slightly embarrassed by it. Perhaps the most open and feeling work yet released by Mortensen, I Forget You Forever is a more sophisticated accomplishment than prior works. The words are full with subtext and clarity. The images flow without words. Male strength is unabashedly juxtaposed next to softer male perceptions. Meaningful qualities of life found root in exposition of character.

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Kriss Perras
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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. Her photogrpahy has aired on CMTV channel 14 Spokane, Washington. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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