BOMB 65, Fall 1998

The cover of BOMB 65

Yusef Komunyakaa & Paul Muldoon, Ian McKellen, Sam Taylor-Wood, Thomas Nozkowski by Francine Prose, Geoffrey O’Brien by Luc Sante, Alexander Nehamas, and Mark Richard.

Clifford Ross

by Betsy Sussler

Betsy Sussler reflects on four of Clifford Ross’s Wave paintographs which portray luminous seascapes while experimenting with the power of chemistry and light.

Yusef Komunyakaa and Paul Muldoon

by Suzan Sherman

American poet Yusef Komunyakaa and Irish poet Paul Muldoon talk of T. S. Eliot and racism, poetry and music, Native Americans and the self—as a writer and a reader—in a culture that is as global as it is specific.

Ian McKellen

by Scott Mendelsohn

Ian McKellen’s legendary performances have braced audiences for several decades. En route to LA to tackle Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, Sir Ian McKellen, actor and activist, has a drink with playwright Scott Mendelsohn.

Jane Kaplowitz

by Judith Hudson

Jane Kaplowitz’s paintings turn Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle into a secular icon who combines Saint Sebastian and the archangel Michael, canonized through violence.

Cynthia Lovett

by Calvin Reid

Cynthia Lovett produces cinema verité in the form of video/sculptural installations that poetically distill the emotional essence of unrehearsed social engagements.

Sam Taylor-Wood

by Bruce Ferguson

On the crest of the new British invasion, Sam Taylor-Wood’s surprising photographs and films catch their subjects in isolated moments, dramas, arguments. Her work is reminiscent of early Warhol, with an operatic style all her own.

Thomas Nozkowski

by Francine Prose

“What is it like to make a painting?” inquires writer Francine Prose. An opaque question laid bare by painter Thomas Nozkowski, who lets us see the machinations of the mystery that can’t be solved.

Alexander Nehamas

by David Carrier

According to Alexander Nehamas there is an art to living—it’s found in television, Montaigne and Nietzsche. Fellow philosopher David Carrier challenges Nehamas to explain what he means by the “philosophical life” and how writing fits into it.

Rita McBride

by Mimi Thompson

Several photographs of sculptures of wood, aluminum, rattan, and Twaron, titled Arena, National Chain, and Toyota, by Rita McBride, with text by Mimi Thompson.

Fernando Pessoa

by Robert Polito

Robert Polito introduces readers to poet Fernando Pessoa—who wrote under his own name and several "heteronyms"—through a variety of recently published Pessoa books.

Y.Z. Kami

by Goran Tomcic

Two paintings of oil on linen, both titled Untitled (detail), by Y. Z. Kami, accompanied by text by Goran Tomcic.

Geoffrey O’Brien

by Luc Sante

Geoffrey O’Brien and Luc Sante unearth the subtext that was Times Square in the ’60s, “the round-the-clock festival of junk culture and lyrical sleaze.”

John Maybury's Love is the Devil

by Lawrence Chua

John Maybury’s film begins with George Dyer falling through Francis Bacon’s skylight and turns into what Maybury calls a “study for a portrait of Francis Bacon” and “the concentration of camp.”

Mark Richard

by J. D. Dolan

Inept con-men, petty smuggler and crippled children people Mark Richard’s stories in his book, Charity. This writer slaps the senses, building worlds both mythical and familiar. J.D. Dolan tracks the life and times of the author.

Fall 1998
The cover of BOMB 65