Letter from the Editor

by Betsy Sussler

Every issue of BOMB is dedicated to the artist’s voice and this issue in particular is framed by the passions and preoccupations of its contributors. Actors Frances McDormand and Willem Dafoe talk intimately about what they expect from a film director, the audition process, and the script. Malcolm Morley confides three decades of stories from the New York art scene, and also gives us a detailed account of how his paintings evolved along the way. Padgett Powell and A. M. Homes help us understand the nature of the beast called writing, and Butch Morris describes his improvised compositions. Esoteric? Not at all. BOMB lets you hear the insights, inspirations, and creative processes of its participants. Exciting? Yes. Artist Tina Girouard lets us take a peek at her journal from Haiti where she learned the sequin arts of vodou and eventually became a Mambo of Art. William Pope.L takes us on his private journey of discovery here in America and Jafar Panahi tells Liza Bear about The White Balloon and filmmaking in Iran.

In keeping with all of the exciting changes going on at BOMB, our new literary supplement, First Proof, and The Wandering Mind: Artists’ Journals and Diaries, it is our pleasure to present the first in an ongoing series, The Bohen Series on Critical Discourse. Artists, writers, and filmmakers make work from the world at large and so it seems natural to spread the source of conversation to issues that will range from the philosophical to the historical to the political. In this issue John Elderfield, Chief Curator-At-Large at MoMA, talks with philosopher David Carrier about taste, interpretation, and his groundbreaking shows on Matisse and Mondrian.

To kick off our celebratory 15-year anniversary BOMB is online! All new: live chats, excerpts, oldies but goodies, sales locations and email for receiving, receiving, receiving . . . We’d like to know what you think, please send correspondence to: editor@bombsite.com*.


—Betsy Sussler



*This email address has since been closed.

Spring 1996
The cover of BOMB 55