BOMB 112, Summer 2010

The cover of BOMB 112

Joan Jonas, Karin Schneider, Edward Droste, Rick Moody, Elizabeth Streb, A.M. Homes, Jennifer Egan, Heidi Julavits, Alain Mabanckou, Binyavanga Wainaina, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Stuart Horodner . . .

Cynthia Hopkins

by Craig Lucas

Listen to a podcast of a post-show discussion with musician/performer Cynthia Hopkins and playwright Craig Lucas, recorded live at Soho Rep on May 20, 2010, as part of their FEED series.

An excerpt from S P R A W L

by Danielle Dutton

Fiction for Driving Across America Listen to Danielle Dutton reading an excerpt from her novel S P R A W L, originally published in BOMB 112, in the eighth installment in BOMB’s literary podcast series.

Genevieve Belleveau

by Lena Valencia

Genevieve Belleveau’s performance series Church of gorgeousTaps and the Reality Show draws inspiration from Lutherans and addicts alike to create a secular Sunday afternoon sanctuary for those seeking community.


by Daniel Borzutzky

This Editor’s Choice contains Daniel Borzutzky’s review of Cipango, the latest by Chilean poet Tomás Harris, translated by Daniel Shapiro.

Electric Literature

by Paul W. Morris

This Editor’s Choice contains Paul W. Morris on Electric Literature’s publishing model, which utilizes a combination of various electronic formats and print-on-demand technologies.

How to Escape from a Leper Colony

by Jaime Manrique

Tiphanie Yanique was just selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 in Fiction. Listen to a podcast of her reading from her debut collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, and read a review by Jaime Manrique.

Alain Mabanckou

by Binwavanga Wainaina

To fellow author Wainaina, Mabanckou is a leading writer amongst those building bridges between a divided, postcolonial Africa. For his novel Broken Glass, Mabanckou wrote the Congolese oral tradition into French.


by David van der Leer

David Van der Leer on design collective Futurefarmers, whose project Shoemaker’s Dialogues will be at the Guggenheim in New York City from May 4th through the 14th.

Andrew Lampert

by Ed Halter

Ed Halter on Andrew Lampert’s ability to combine the documented and the live in a way that insists on the imediancy of cinema as an event.

Cordy Ryman

by Stephen Westfall

Stephen Westfall inspects the typical Cordy Ryman sculpture discovering it to be a seemingly autonomous entity complete with its own agency and the ability to miraculously self-propagate.

Cynthia Hopkins

by Annie-B Parson

In her most recent theater piece, The Truth: A Tragedy, Hopkins tackled her father’s deterioration. Annie-B Parson rolled the dice to find out how Hopkins converts her demons into one-woman productions blending music, dance, fact, and fiction.

Dan Asher

by Ben Berlow

The final poignant interview with the prolific, irrepressible, and—to anyone who met him—unforgettable New York artist Dan Asher, who passed away of Leukemia on April 23, 2010

Jonas’s recomposing of literary texts, images, and haunting sounds in the ephemeral media of chalk drawings, video, and theater has made her a pioneer of video and performance art.

Beginning with the mostly solo Horn of Plenty, Droste’s ringing vocals catapulted Grizzly Bear to the fore of Brooklyn “freak-folk.” Ironic, then, that here he recalls being initially afraid to sing, even for himself.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins

by Stuart Horodner

Jessica Jackson Hutchins’ sculptures reference the human body in all of its dumb charm and joyful habits. With Horodner she reflects on Levinas, contingency and Chinese scholars’ rocks.

A Visit from the Goon Squad is Egan’s fifth book; its polyphonic structure mirrors the undeniable fact that characters, like people, are central to themselves yet peripheral to others.

Elizabeth Streb

by A. M. Homes

Elizabeth Streb’s performance One Extraordinary Day recently thrilled London. Novelist A.M. Homes and the action heroine discuss overcoming gravity in a conversation from Summer 2010.

BOMB 112
Summer 2010
The cover of BOMB 112