BOMB 77, Fall 2001

The cover of BOMB 77

Jonathan Franzen, James Casebere, Mary Robison, Barbet Schroeder, Julia Wolfe, Raimund Abraham, and Barry Hannah.

Julia Wolfe

by David Krasnow

Julia Wolfe has all the credentials a young composer could want: a degree from Yale, a Fulbright, and commissions and awards from the Kronos Quartet and Library of Congress. But she’s best known as one of the three founders of Bang on a Can.

Elisabeth Subrin's The Fancy

by Rachel Greene

Reviewer Rachel Greene considers the implications of separating the artist from the work itself, and speculates on the possibly limited degree to which we are given access to Francesca Woodman’s oeuvre.

Alex Brown

by Rachel Kushner

Viewing Alex Brown’s paintings can be compared to spying an image through a heat wave, or through the blur of tears, creating a sense of “pleasurably anxious wavering between the discernable and the barely there,” writes reviewer Rachel Kushner.

Mitch Epstein's The City

by Marvin Heiferman

Mitch Epstein’s enigmatic approach to conveying life in New York City gives one “the opportunity to ponder what photography can and cannot reveal about our public lives and our most private selves,” according to reviewer Marvin Heiferman.

Michel Negroponte's WISOR

by Charlie Ahearn

In his new film, Michel Negroponte turns an engineer’s struggle to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles into a playfully hip little movie starring a robot named WISOR with witty one-liners.

Raimund Abraham

by Carlos Brillembourg

Raimund Abraham’s just-completed Austrian Cultural Center rises into the Manhattan skyline like a natural force. He and fellow architect Carlos Brillembourg discuss the philosophy that forms his buildings.

James Casebere

by Roberto Juarez

James Casebere’s photographs evoke our deepest fears and longings. He builds tabletop models that mimic the appearance of archetypal institutions (home, school, library, prison), or archetypal architectural tropes (tunnel, corridor, archway).

Bill Owens

by Larry Sultan

Larry Sultan on Bill Owens’s photographs of suburban life in the 1970s and ’80s in all their beauty and banality.

Rona Pondick

by George Fifield

George Fifield on the whimsically off-kilter anatomy of Rona Pondick’s sculpture merging human and animal forms in a comment on the twisted imagination behind genetic engineering and the psyche.

Ivy Compton-Burnett

by Maria Aitken

Appalling father figures, amoral children, the triumph of evil and remoreseless humor are just a few themes and concepts you’ll be turned onto in reading the works of Ivy Compton-Burnett.

Barry Hannah

by Fiona Maazel

Mississippi legend Barry Hannah is out with his twelfth book, the novel Yonder Stands Your Orphan, a masterpiece of ensemble performances linked together by prose that is lustrous, Baroque, and burnished with Hannah’s unique brand of beauty.

Barbet Schroeder

by Ken Foster

Set amid the gangs of teenage snipers roaming the streets of Medellín, Our Lady of the Assassins, adapted by Barbet Schroder for the screen, pits a writer’s existential dilemma against the random acts of violence that punctuate life in Medellín.

Jonathan Franzen

by Donald Antrim

Jonathan Franzen has written two highly acclaimed novels and is about to come out with a third, The Corrections, a searing and broad-swathed American novel that takes on the triumvirate of family, economy, and mental health.

Mary Robison

by Maureen Murray

In the early ’80s, Mary Robison and other Minimalist writers, reshaped the short story, throwing its traditional form and structure into question. Robison discusses her long-awaited novel, Why Did I Ever, with Maureen Murray.

Fall 2001
The cover of BOMB 77