BOMB 40, Summer 1992

The cover of BOMB 40

Reno, Derek Walcott by Caryl Phillips, Neal Jimenez & Eric Stoltz, George Condo, Louis Kahn, Camille Billops, Darius James, Michael Jenkins, and Joe Mantello.

Darius James

by Christian Haye

“I got mugged the day that I turned in my manuscript…” Christian Haye talks with Darius James about racism, racial interactions in America, and his first novel, Negrophobia.

Louis Kahn

by Carlos Brillembourg

In this imagined interview, Carlos Brillembourg transforms the elegant writings of legendary architect Louis I. Kahn into a revelatory conversation on the aesthetics and ideology of his craft.

Michael Jenkins

by Bill Arning

Artist Michael Jenkins discusses with gallerist and BOMB Contributing Editor Bill Arning how early psychological experiences condition our reaction to artistic images.

Camille Billops

by Ameena Meer

Often highly charged, humorous, and personal, Camille Billops’s uncompromising documentaries burst the taboo bubble around such topics as race, sex, age, and adoption. Here, she speaks her mind with Ammena Meer on the challenges of filmmaking and racism.

“I love that you can be in a completely black space with only two chairs and go anywhere,” says actor/director Joe Mantello on the versatility of theater acting. He discusses the magic of theater companies and the Catholic Church with Nicole Burdette.


by Linda Yablonsky

Reno presents subjects such as politics, rape and abortion on an unlikely stage. She gets her message across by making audiences laugh about material that is often avoided.

George Condo

by Anney Bonney

George Condo’s retrospective, Mental States, opens January 26th at the New Museum. The artist, whose “revelatory paintings span the centuries between Madness and Beauty,” spoke with painter Anney Bonney in 1992.

A conversation with Derek Walcott, “the most important writer that the English-speaking Caribbean has ever produced,” according to Caryl Phillips. He speaks about his views of America and ideas of home.

Three Poems

by Sandra Cisneros

Three poems, titled “I am on My Way to Oklahoma to Bury the Man I Nearly Left My Husband For,” “Cloud,” and “Black Lace Bra Kind of Woman,” by Sandra Cisneros. 

Poem by Sivaramani, translated from the Tamil by Indran Amirthanayagam, R. Charan, and P. Manikkalingam—for the Sri Lankan Poetry portfolio. 

Two poems, “To My Autistic Son, Revantha” and “Return to Sri Lanka, 1991” by Guy Amirthanayagam—for the Sri Lankan Poetry portfolio. 


by Carl Fudge

Two paintings, images from Durer’s Resurrection, Naz Dur screen ink and enamel on veneered plywood, titled R310 and R311, by Carl Fudge.

Summer 1992
The cover of BOMB 40