BOMB 45, Fall 1993

The cover of BOMB 45

Gus Van Sant by Gary Indiana, Trisha Brown by Yvonne Rainer, Bernard Cooper, Francine Prose by Deborah Eisenberg, Mike Bidlo, Rob Weiss, Han Ong, Chen Kaige, Lawrence Chua, and Garry Lang.

Han Ong

by Jessica Hagedorn

Novelist, playwright, and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Han Ong has a lively discussion with Jessica Hagedorn about the marginalization of artists of color, his childhood in Manila, and his rapid rise to fame.

Mike Bidlo

by Anney Bonney

Michael Bidlo shares his relation to the “masters” as a copyist of the Modernist canon and at times looses himself in the process, not sure even of his own voice or thoughts at times.

Chen Kaige

by Peggy Chiao Lawrence Chua

As a member of the Fifth Generation, Chen Kaige was key in reintroducing Chinese cinema to the world. Here he talks to Lawrence Chua and Peggy Chaio on the set of what was to become his most well-known film, Farewell My Concubine.

Gus Van Sant

by Gary Indiana

Gary Indiana talks to venerated filmmaker and writer Gus Van Sant, director of films such as My Own Private Idaho and Drugstore Cowboy, before the release of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

Rob Weiss

by Susan Shacter

First-time director Rob Weiss tells photographer Susan Shacter about his overnight success and the real-life experience that made his film Among Friends so important for him to write.

Two poems titled “Kibitzer” and “The Homebody Goes On Tour,” by Alfred A. Yuson—from the Filipino poetry portfolio.

Bernard Cooper

by Benjamin Weissman

With his distinctive sense of humor, Bernard Cooper reflects on moments of self-awareness from his growing up Jewish and gay to making the transition from an artist to writer.

Three poems, titled “What the British Bluez Boyz Dream,” “Evangeline,” and “The Poet,” by Poet, Actor, and Playwright Dael Orlandersmith.

Two poems titled “Corpus Delicti” and “To Carlos Orchida,” by Professor of English at Ateno de Manila University Danton Remoto—from the Filipino poetry portfolio.

Four poems, titled “Labor Day,” “The Pond at Twilight,” “Bad Penny,” and “Olympia,” by David Mamet.

Two poems titled “Avatar at the Gas Station, Lower East Side” and “Bienvendio,” by Ricardo M. de Ungria—from the Filipino poetry portfolio.

Two poems titled “Pateros Blues” and “Open Letters to Filipino Artists,” by Emmanuel Lacaba—from the Filipino poetry portfolio.

Gary Lang

by Saul Ostrow

Gary Lang tells Saul Ostrow how his paintings have a healing effect; he sees them as a transference of love.

Dark Ice

by Thomas Bolt

A poem in eleven parts, titled “Dark Ice,” by Thomas Bolt, the 1993 Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature winner.

Francine Prose

by Deborah Eisenberg

Francine Prose and Deborah Eisenberg have a candid chat about the roles animals play in her fiction, among other things. Prose’s new novel, My New American Life is available now.

Fall 1993
The cover of BOMB 45