BOMB 71, Spring 2000

The cover of BOMB 71

Frank Stella, Arto Lindsay, Marsha Norman, Jim Crace, John Currin, Frances Kiernan, and Brian Boyd.

Frances Kiernan

by Lynne Tillman

The life of Mary McCarthy, one of the most controversial American intellectuals of this century, is paid tribute in this innovative biography, Seeing Mary Plain: A Life of Mary McCarthy, by former New Yorker fiction editor Frances Kiernan.

Jim Crace

by Minna Proctor

Booker Prize runner-up, and Whitbread-award winning novelist, Jim Crace has written novels about Jesus and transcendentalism, though he’s a staunch, vocal, atheist. Minna Proctor talks with Crace about his new book, Being Dead.

Arto Lindsay

by David Krasnow

Arto Lindsay’s ‘80s band, DNA, compounded New York’s No Wave sound into the ultimate punk howl. His work with the dean of Brazilian song, Caetano Veloso, and other Brazilian musicians opened North American ears to samba.

Marsha Norman

by April Gornik

Pulitzer-prize and Tony-award winning playwright Marsha Norman has just completed a run of her acclaimed play Trudy Blue. Painter April Gornik talks with Norman about a misdiagnosis that altered the lives of Norman and her character.

Frank Stella

by Saul Ostrow

One of the forerunners of American Minimalism, the painter and cultural innovator talks to BOMB’s art editor, Saul Ostrow about his life’s work; art that traces the second half of the twentieth century.

John Currin

by Robert Rosenblum

Vanguard-ist in the renaissance of painting, John Currin traces its history from the nudes of Lucas Cranach and the mannerists to Fragonard and Boucher to modern life. Art Historian and author Robert Rosenblum interviews.

Al Souza

by Suzan Sherman

Suzan Sherman on how Al Souza disrupts the “reversed exercise in abstraction” that is constructing a puzzle with his chaotic collages of puzzle pieces.

This First Proof contains the poems “Willow Song,” “Jackson Hot Springs, Oregon,” and “Mariculture: The Sea Constrained.”

Brian Boyd

by Thomas Bolt

Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire is one of this remarkable writer’s most vexing projects. Leading Nabokov critic and award-winning biographer Brian Boyd has produced a book length study, On Nabokov’s Pale Fire: The Magic of Artistic Discovery.

Yo La Tengo

by Steve Bodow

Yo La Tengo is marked by the longevity, growth and success of its career. Their new album is their gentlest, quietest, and most texturally nuanced work to date.

According to reviewer Amy Gersteler, David Trinidad’s collection of poems “provides readers with a model train tour of a fastidiously kept alternative world where fixation provides bright temporary relief from the pain and confusion of growing up human.”

Spring 2000
The cover of BOMB 71