BOMB 87, Spring 2004

The cover of BOMB 87

John Waters by Dennis Cooper, Nuruddin Farah, Olu Oguibe, Shirley Jaffe, Howe Gelb, James Welling, and Alma Guillermoprieto.

Nuruddin Farah

by Kwame Anthony Appiah

In 1970, with From a Crooked Rib, Nuruddin Farah became the first Somali novelist, and with his second book, A Naked Needle, he caught the unfriendly eye of Somalia’s dictator and was exiled for more than 20 years.

John Waters

by Dennis Cooper

Icon of cultural outrage and transgression, filmmaker John Waters has inspired a reverence in his admirers that few directors can claim. Less known but equally compelling, his photographs subvert art-world constructs of high concept and seriousness.

Shirley Jaffe

by Shirley Kaneda

Painter Shirley Jaffe started out under the influence of Abstract Expressionism and made a radical move in the 1960s toward a geometric vocabulary, yet her work defies categorization. Jaffe talks with Shirley Kaneda about what drives her work.

Howe Gelb

by Bill Carter

Howe Gelb is shorthanded the “godfather of alt country,” but his prolific career is not easily condensed. In over 19 years and 35 albums playing both solo and with his band Giant Sand, Gelb looms large over many of today’s most interesting musical acts.

Olu Oguibe

by Saul Ostrow

Born in Nigeria, educated in London, residing in the US and working internationally, Olu Oguibe maintains that a lack of infrastructure has kept a term like global community from realization, but in his work it’s as if he is realizing it singlehandedly.

Amy Myers

by Eric Fischl

Eric Fischl on how Amy Myers’s background in physics influences the transfixing patterns found in her drawings and paintings exploring female sexuality.

The Mother

by Liza Béar

A powerful yet restrained drama revolving around a family in the aftermath of a crisis, The Mother casts Anne Reid as a 65-year-old widow having an affair with her daughter’s 30-something married boyfriend (Daniel Craig).

James' Journey to Jerusalem

by Liza Béar

In his feature fiction debut, director and co-writer Ra’anan Alexandrowicz follows James, a young African, on a wide-eyed pilgrimage to Israel, where he finds that the Holy Land he had imagined does not exist. Liza Bear caught up with him in Cannes.

This First Proof contains the poems “Throughout Winter,” “Pasture,” and “Expressions of Wildness, Dreaminess, Nervousness & Spaciousness.”

Dana Schutz

by Stuart Horodner

With her absorption of high and low painting traditions as well as her zany imagination and freedom with the medium, Dana Schutz creates beautiful and thought provoking work.

This First Proof contains the poems “An Ancient Temple,” “A River,” and “The Inside of the Opposite Sex (complete).” Translated by Hiroaki Sato.

James Welling

by Devon Golden

Known for his frequent about-faces in format, subject, process and style, photographer James Welling has played a seminal role over the past two decades in bringing his medium to the center of the contemporary dialogue.

Alma Guillermoprieto

by Esther Allen

Mexican-born writer/translator Alma Guillermoprieto has focused on Latin America’s transition into modernity for the last 20 years. In her fourth book, Dancing with Cuba—her first in Spanish—she turns to her own transition from dancer to writer.

Spring 2004
The cover of BOMB 87