Blind Man’s Bluff by Vitaly Komar & Alexander Melamid

BOMB 9 Spring 1984
009 Spring Summer 1984
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Komar and Melamid, Blind Man’s Buff, 1982-1983, oil on canvas, 72 x 47”. Photo by James Dee, Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc., New York.

Maria Stepanova’s In Memory of Memory by Ali Hassani
Step White

Somewhere in post-Soviet Moscow, the narrator of Maria Stepanova’s In Memory of Memory rummages through the apartment of her recently deceased aunt and comes across a collection of family photographs, some over a century old.

Back in the USSR from Red Wave: An American in the Soviet Music Underground by Joanna Stingray & Madison Stingray
Boris Joanna

Like John Lennon and Jim Hendrix, Joanna Stingray has an FBI file. In 1984, the 24-year-old Angeleno accompanied her sister on a state-sanctioned tour to Leningrad and secretly met Boris Grebenshchikov, a star in the Soviet music underground.

Collective Experiences: A Conversation by David Adjmi & Alex Halberstadt
Covers of Lot Six and Young Heroes of the Soviet Union

Two memoirs about immigrant roots—from the Soviet Union to Syria—and growing up queer on the cultural margins of New York City.

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BOMB 9, Spring 1984

Nicolas Echevarria, Pam Yates, art by James Nares and Tom Otterness, writing by Daisy Zamora, Kathy Acker, Glenn O’Brien, and more.

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009 Spring Summer 1984