BOMB 68, Summer 1999

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Robert Altman, Chuck D, Ida Applebroog, Álvaro Siza, Robert Pinsky, Peter Campus, Joseph Chaikin, and Maryse Condé.

On the Ropes

by Lawrence Chua

On the Ropes documents more the lives than the boxing careers of three athletes who train in Mike Tyson’s former club: Noel, disciplined by unenthusiastic; George, an amateur trying to turn professional; and Tyrene, unstoppably motivated.

Thelma Garcia

by Allen Frame

Thelma Garcia’s debut New York show plays with levels of intimacy through photographic scale, zooming in on a Times Square peep show and then out for an overview of miniscule shared domestic interiors.

Nina Bovasso

by Calvin Reid

An introduction to improvisational inspiration, Nina Bovasso’s splattery abstract paintings blend the playful with the serious, drawing on Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, and Philip Guston as their art-historical godparents.

Wade Guyton

by Bill Arning

Out on a tour of MFA shows, Bill Arning finds an artist to keep an eye on: Wade Guyton, creator of minimalistic but art-historically significant interactive structures.

Toe 2000

by David Krasnow

Toe 2000 gives textural music some rhythm while still maintaining a focus on sound color, slipping surprisingly from Joplinesque lyrics to Japanese, or organ to processed guitar.

After Life

A glimpse into Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s new film, After Life.

Run Lola Run

A preview of German film Run Lola Run, written and directed by Tom Tykwer.

Achmat Dangor's Kafka's Curse

by Betsy Sussler

Derived from an Arabic legend of a gardener transformed into a tree for his class-crossing love, Achmat Dangor’s novel Kafka’s Curse follows an Indian Muslim who practices his own self-transformation.

Visible Evidence

by Suzan Sherman

Suzan Sherman reviews Collecting Visual Evidence, a collection of documentaries on various topics edited by Jane M. Gaines and Michael Reno.

Robert Altman

by Albert Mobilio

Robert Altman cornered the American zeitgeist with wildly diverse films—Popeye, Cookie’s Fortune and Short Cuts—over a long, steady career. He discusses process, market and vision with writer Albert Mobilio.

Ida Applebroog

by Patricia Spears Jones

Ida Applebroog’s paintings master the secret of psycho-drama: always in the midst of an action, their denouement is left to our imagination and fears. Patricia Spears Jones speaks with the painter about the everyday violence that surrounds pop culture.

Chuck D

by David Thorpe

Rap Poo-Bah and new media anti-tycoon Chuck D offers up his brand of economics in the land of virtual reality: free music. The politics of distribution and the poetics of rap set the music industry spinning.

Álvaro Siza

by José Antonio Aldrete-Haas

Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza blends the taut gestures of modernism with the complex, ever-shifting organic designs of nature and the city in his achievement at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened in Oporto in the summer of 1999.

According to America’s longest running poet laureate, Robert Pinsky, “a poem’s medium is one human voice.” His Favorite Poem Project had the denizens reading out loud nationwide—a true vox populi.


by Donna Decesare

Portfolio of photographs by Donna Decesare depicting the prevalence of poverty and gangs in neglected areas of El Salvador, Haiti and Belize.

Joseph Chaikin

by Liz Diamond

Joseph Chaikin changed the face of theater with his Open Theater company and collaborations with Sam Shepard. The avant-garde director, who has garnered just about every theater award, speaks with Liz Diamond.

Peter Campus

by John Hanhardt

Peter Campus, seminal artist of alternative media, returns to video in his series, Video Ergo Sum. Less conceptual than his earlier work, more personal and unabashedly beautiful, the piece reflect his ongoing investigation into the perception of self.

This First Proof contains the poems “Before I Begin,” “Life on the Prairie,” and “Miners on the Prairie.”

Adam Bartos

by Betsy Sussler

This First Proof contains a written reflection by Betsy Sussler on the photography of Adam Bartos, who specializes in color-saturated images of “objects left behind.”

This First Proof contains the poems “Requiem to a Dog in the Rain,” “New York: First Swim,” and “New York: Second Swim.” Translated by Tsipi Keller.

Novelist Frederic Tuten is the guest fiction editor for this issue’s First Proof. He describes his selection of five excerpts from five different novels in this introduction.

Maryse Condé

by Rebecca Wolff

In Windward Heights, French Caribbean writer Maryse Condé transplants Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights to the island of Guadeloupe. The novelist talks to Rebecca Wolff about literature and politics, politics and life.

Summer 1999
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