BOMB 38, Winter 1992

The cover of BOMB 38

Edward Albee, Caryl Phillips by Graham Swift, Barbara Kopple, Mike Kelley, Colm Tóibín, Valerie Jaudon, Robbie Robertson, Brigitte Rouan, Nicole Burdette, Clutter, Todd Ayoung, Exene Cervenka, and Carolyn See.

Nicole Burdette discusses her writing process and her play Busted with director Roger Hedden and actors Victor Slezak and Martha Plimpton.

Todd Ayoung

by Curlee Raven Holton

In his artwork, Ayoung aims to reconstruct and recontextualize the “imaginary community” projected onto racial minorities by white society. He discusses the challenges faced by nonwhite artists as they strive for recognition and self-discovery.

With songs that explored the darker sides of LA’s culture in the early ’80s, Exene Cervenka and her band X’s unique brand of folky punk rock has made them a permanent fixture in LA’s musical history.

Colm Toíbín’s new book of stories, The Empty Family was just released. Read Toíbín’s discussion of the power of the written word in this eloquent conversation with Lynne Tillman from 1992.

Mike Kelley

by John Miller

In Memoriam: Mike Kelley, 1955–2012. With influences as diverse as his mediums, Kelley remains one of the most important artists of the late 20th century.

Caryl Phillips speaks to his friend Graham Swift about the origins and writing of Cambridge, a novel which speaks to the “historic, primal, terrible” journey of the African slave trade.

Barbara Kopple

by Roland Legiardi-Laura

Roland Legiardi-Laura invokes documentarian Barbara Kopple’s modesty as they discuss the extreme hardships and tensions involved in making Oscar-winning films such as American Dream and Harlan County, U.S.A.

Valerie Jaudon

by Shirley Kaneda

Painter Valerie Jaudon positions her work between fine and decorative arts reconciling modernist and post-structuralist polemics with ease through open ended methods and interrogations that take on a uniquely seductive and feminine point of view.

Fresh from recording a new album (Storyville), folk rock singer-songwriter Robbie Robertson discusses his love of New Orleans with John Sinclair.

A conversation between Craig Lucas and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee about his seminal works and future goals in theater. In 2011, Mr. Albee was awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal.

Minority Pin-Ups

by Hilton Als

A mixed media collage of photographs and text, titled Minority Pin-Ups, by Hilton Als and Darryl Turner. Photo sources: Melodie McDaniels and others.

Clutter

by Douglas Blau

A collection of photographs, prints, and paintings curated by Douglas Blau. Pictured are various kinds of collections through history from artists such as Jan Steen, Albrecht Dürer, and more. 

Four poems, titled “Tremont Street,” “April,” “With Willa In Mount Auburn Cemetary,” and “April 1990,” by David Mamet.

BOMB 38
Winter 1992
The cover of BOMB 38