BOMB 53, Fall 1995

The cover of BOMB 53

Jo Baer, June Jordan, Kelly Reichardt, Abel Ferrara, Catherine Murphy, Mac Wellman, Lucie Brock-Broido, Wayne Wang, and Roy Hargrove.

Mac Wellman

by Linda Yablonsky

Mac Wellman has written forty plays in twenty years. He speaks with Linda Yablonsky about his past work (“Bad Penny was the best thing I ever did”) and his adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphosis, set in Florida.

Abel Ferrara

by Liza Béar

Midnight—the perfect time to segue from good and evil to The Addiction and back. Abel Ferrara talks about his film while juggling the chaos of pre-production for his following release, The Funeral.

Editor-in-Chief Betsy Sussler introduces two new columns, The Wandering Mind, Journals and Diaries and The Bohen Series on Critical Discourse, and the first edition of First Proof.

Kelly Reichardt

by Todd Haynes

Todd Haynes, the director of Safe, first met Kelly Reichardt during the making of his film Poison. They take five to compare notes upon the release of Reichardt’s first feature film, River of Grass.

Wayne Wang

by bell hooks

The inimitable bell hooks talks to director Wayne Wang about the beauty of the ordinary, re-appropriation and collaboration in his pair of films, Blue in the Face and Smoke.

Catherine Murphy

by Francine Prose

Francine Prose, author of the novel Hunters and Gatherers, delves into realism and the real act of painting time with figurative painter Catherine Murphy.

This First Proof contains an ink and watercolor drawing Untitled, from Pierced Hearts and True Love: A Century of Drawings for Tattoos At the Drawing Center.

Ena Swansea

Two paintings evocative of the allegory of the cave, titled Tree Shadows and a detail of the Arrangement by Ena Swansea.

This First Proof contains two poems from The Hunger Wall, “The Ossuary at Kutná Hora” and “Obscurity.”

Jo Baer

by Linda Boersma

Jo Baer is the featured artist at The Artist’s Institute, where her abstract minimalism is paired with the spastic eroticism of Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven through May 22nd. Baer spoke to Linda Boersma in BOMB in Fall 1995.

June Jordan

by Josh Kuhn

Earthquake! June Jordan, the award-winning author of 21 books, tells Josh Kuhn about her operatic collaborations and her libretto for I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky.

Lucie Brock-Broido

by Carole Maso

Novelist Carole Maso unearths the darkness in the dizzying poems of Lucie Brock-Broido, collected in her 1995 book, a seven year project inspired by Emily Dickinson’s Master Letters.

Roy Hargrove

by Zoë Anglesey

Roy Hargrove’s Quintet with the Tenors of Our Time hit the top of the charts. Zoë Anglesey catches the soon to be legend between tours to find out more about his new albums, Family, Parker’s Mood (the great Bird’s) and the business of jazz.

Fall 1995
The cover of BOMB 53