BOMB 61, Fall 1997

The cover of BOMB 61

Paula Vogel by Mary Louise Parker, Allan Gurganus, Rupert Graves, Marie Howe by Victoria Redel, Lorna Simpson, Rilla Askew, Andrew Blanco, Louis Auchincloss, and Gregory Crewdson.

Keith Mayerson

by Bill Arning

Bill Arning explores Keith Mayerson’s many projects, from a 1994 retelling of Pinocchio to the illustrated novel Horror Hospital to “iconoscapes” such as his painted depiction of Star Wars’s Death Star.

Kurt Kauper

by David Pagel

Unexpectedly, Kurt Kauper’s portraits of opera divas are not old-fashioned or dull but engaging and unsettling.

The Museum of Modern Art

by Carlos Brillembourg

Carlos Brillembourg is skeptical of the prospective plans for the redesign of MoMA that may neglect the opportunity for strong architectural form or radical reformulation of the Museum’s organization.

Elliott Smith's either/or

by Suzan Sherman

In Elliott Smith’s CD either/or, Suzan Sherman finds a level of sensitivity and a struggle to preserve idealism akin to those of the childhood storybook hero Ferdinand the Bull.

Robert Stivers

by Marvin Heiferman

Robert Stivers’s intentionally out-of-focus photographs complicate the viewer’s expectation that a photograph will help focus his or her attention.

Lee "Scratch" Perry

by Rone Shavers

Rone Shavers speaks to the great force of reggae musician Lee Perry’s influence as Arkology, a compilation of music produced by Perry’s studio, is released from Island Records.

Susana Baca

by Zoë Anglesey

Singer Susana Baca finds a “new language” that draws upon her Creole heritage and incorporates indigenous instruments such as bongos, congas, and the cajon in songs such as “Mario Lando.”

Harry Smith

by Robert Polito

Smithsonian Folkways’s reissue of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music prompts Robert Polito to remember this groundbreaking album’s preservation of a vanishing American musical tradition.

Larry Fessenden's Habit

by Suzan Sherman

In Larry Fessenden’s Habit, Suzan Sherman finds a vampire film with unusual subtlety, one that claims, “Vampirism is everywhere,” but does not follow the normal gore-and-coffins trajectory.

Allan Gurganus

by Donald Antrim

Writers Allan Gurganus and Donald Antrim fax and phone this raucous conversation on sex, love and laughter during the AIDS epidemic, the subjects of Gurganus’s novel Plays Well with Others.

Andrew Blanco

by Louis Pérez

Out on the road, Los Lobos’s Louis Pérez and King Changó’s Andrew Blanco get down on ska, Godzilla and growing up Latino in the new America.

Rilla Askew’s first novel, The Mercy Seat, stems from her family’s stories of the migration west to Oklahoma. This novel tracks the legacy of that journey: the violence, the clash of native and European cultures and the pioneers.

Gregory Crewdson

by Bradford Morrow

Gregory Crewdson’s photographs of expansive dioramas recall Duchamp, Emerson, and the American suburbs. The documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters is in limited release now.

Paula Vogel

by Mary Louise Parker

Paula Vogel’s play, How I Learned to Drive, has won a slew of awards for its honesty, compassion and profound humor. The actress Mary-Louise Parker, who played the role of L’il Bit, now gets to direct, this time an interview.

Lorna Simpson

by Coco Fusco

Artist Lorna Simpson has turned from photography to film, creating three-dimensional installations on voyeurism, betrayal and desire. She has returned to photography for her show, Gathered, up at the Brooklyn Museum through Aug. 21.

Rupert Graves

by Nicole Burdette

English actor Rupert Graves appeared in five films in the fall of 1997: Intimate Relations, Mrs. Dalloway, Bent, Different For Girls and The Revengers' Comedies. American actress Nicole Burdette figures out how he got there.

Louis Auchincloss has chronicled the lives of America’s upper class for over fifty years. Critical, mannered and witty, he discusses his book, The Atonement and Other Stories, with philosopher David Carrier.

Poet Marie Howe’s collection What the Living Do is an homage to her brother, John. Victoria Redel talks with her about love and loss.

Anne Landsman was born and raised in South Africa. Her new novel The Rowing Lesson is available now from Soho Press. This is an excerpt from her debut novel The Devil’s Chimney.

Walton Ford

by Jeffrey Eugenides

This First Proof contains images of three water color and gouache works on paper by Walton Ford which are accompanied by a short essay on Ford’s work by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Emil Lukas

by Not Vital

A tower-like paint, plaster, paper, wood and glass sculpture, A Brief History of Paint and Plaster by Emil Lukas. Featuring a written reflection by Not Vital.

This First Proof contains the poems “Subway,” “Ghost of Christmas Past,” and “Reading Keats in Rome.”

Fall 1997
The cover of BOMB 61