BOMB 5, Spring 1983

The cover of BOMB 5

JoAnne Akalaitis, Gianfranco Gorgoni, H. M. Koutoukas, Rockets Redglare, Mary Mhoon, James McLure, Nightshift, Olue Kuroeman II, James Purdy, Maris Duval, and Joan Tewkesbury.


by Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman photograph capturing one of her many guises. This photograph appears in the portfolio Glossolalia, organized by Sarah Charlesworth and Barbara Kruger.

Mary Mhoon

by Allen Frame

Photographer Mary Mhoon speaks with Allen Frame about how she found photography through the lens of the vintage Diana camera.

Two Works

by Darrel Ellis Thomas Ellis

Darrel Ellis explored his memories and family rendering his late father Thomas Ellis’s snap shots. My Mother and my Sister from my Father’s Photograph is paired here with the photograph, Picnic, N.Y.C. ’53.

Rockets Redglare

by Mark Magill

Comedian Rockets Redglare knew from an early age that he wanted to be a night person. Hanging out is essential to his approach to connecting with his audience.

Cuba, El Salvador: Gianfranco Gorgoni

by Betsy Sussler

From photographing the New York artists of the ’60s and ’70s to capturing the streets of Cuba and El Salvador, Gianfranco Gorgoni speaks to Betsy Sussler about his move to photo-journalism and subsequent responsibility of bearing witness.


by David Seidner

“478” is a short story of legacy, color, and the creation of the Greek gods and the planets by David Seidner.

Excerpts from Scenes II and IV of Susan Landau’s Fiction Music Theatre play Cathode Cruel exploring psychology and sexuality.

James Purdy

by Allen Frame

Renowned playwright and novelist James Purdy dismisses small-town life and the New York "pygmies who rule literature," among other things, in this delightfully cantankerous conversation with Allen Frame.

Joan Tewkesbury

by David Seidner

The prolific Joan Tewkesbury (best known for writing the screenplays for Nashville and Thieves Like Us), and David Seidner, engage in a pre-dinner chat about her varied career as a dancer, writer, and director.

Maria Duval

by Suzanne Mallouk

Character is everything for Maria Duval. She speaks with Suzanne Mallouk about her fluctuating sense of self as a versatile collection of personalities.


by Allen Frame

Using their own lives as an interpretive key, Nightshift theater group members break from the influence of American and English techniques in what they call the new stage of "para-theater."

Spring 1983
The cover of BOMB 5