BOMB 66, Winter 1999

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Gary Sinise by Scott Elliott, Yayoi Kusama, Marc Ribot, Michael Cunningham, Thomas Vinterberg, Janine Antoni, Simon Winchester, and Jenny Diski.

Larry Clark

by David Schulz

Heroin chic tastemaker Larry Clark presents photographs from his series Tulsa and Teenage Lust, preserved for 20 years in his ex-girlfriend’s apartment.

When ten international curators were asked to pick 100 of the best current emerging artists, they turned out not another scroll of dead white guys but the multicultural, transglobal Cream.


by Bruce Bauman

The 16-artist exhibit Amnesia calls attention to the historical memory disorder the world often directs toward recent events in South America.

Bill Evans

by Glenn O'Brien

While digging through archives for good jazz, Glenn O’Brien found it in the most expected of places: the piano player on King of Blue.

“Happy Holidays Y’all” is the Christmas tune that graces Robert Earl Keen’s most recent album, an idiosyncrasy that reviewer Gary Fisketjon finds deserving of greater attention.

Marc Ribot

by David Krasnow

Downtown, no-wave, rock, free-prov guitarist Marc Ribot ventures intrepid into “prosthetic” Cubanismo on his album Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos. David Krasnow asks: “What’s this Jewish guy from Jersey doing playing the son montuno?”

Kaddish is Leon Wieseltier’s dense consideration of Jewish mourning practices from a personal perspective, as he recites the Kaddish daily for his recently deceased father while researching why he says it.

Janine Antoni

by Stuart Horodner

Stuart Horodner speaks with Janine Antoni on the limits of significance, lard, chocolate, and polysomnograph machines in this 1999 interview.

Yayoi Kusama

by Grady T. Turner

Until her 1998 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, artist Yayoi Kusama was one of the art world’s best kept secrets. Her infinity nets, phallic sculptures, and nude performances influenced Cornell, Oldenburg, and Warhol.

Gary Sinise

by Scott Elliott

Gary Sinise may have migrated to Hollywood, but it’s not all glitter and confetti for the long-time actor/director. From the trenches of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre to the dazzle of a De Palma blockbuster, Sinise is a straight-up actor’s actor.

Books to Film

by Lawrence Chua

Lawrence Chua reviews the then-new film adaptations of two American novels, Russell Banks’ Affliction and Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

Thomas Vinterberg

by Maria Mackinney

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s film The Celebration resembles Greek tragedy with a twist—influenced by French New Wave and The Godfather, winner of the Jury’s Prize at Cannes, its production was dictated by the neo-manifesto DOGMA 95.

English writer Jenny Diski’s Skating to Antarctica, part memoir, part travelogue, created a critical stir of approval upon its release. What her American audience might not realize is that she’s a prolific novelist.

Michael Cunningham

by Justin Spring

Novelist Michael Cunningham’s The Hours splices together a day in the lives of three women in a stunning tour de force. The author discusses the incongruities of life and the fluidity of literary influence with writer Justin Spring.

Simon Winchester

by Patrick McGrath

The author of The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, chats with novelist Patrick McGrath about the most famous resident of Broadmoor—Dr. William C. Minor.

Winter 1999
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