Letter from the Editor by Betsy Sussler

BOMB 75 Spring 2001
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BOMB’s twenty. What started as a late-night discussion around a kitchen table about what it’s really like to make art has become a magazine known for its intimate conversations between peers—artists, writers, playwrights, directors, composers, actors and architects—about art and life. Most of you know this, and understand that equals discussing their creative process opens the way for deeper understanding. What you might not know is what else makes BOMB unique: our editorial process encourages all participants to develop their ideas; the result is a clarification through reflection of the discoveries brought forth through conversation.


BOMB is an artists’ and writers’ spokespiece, and we have developed a context for these conversations that includes the work itself: our literary supplement First Proof, and Artists on Artists—the presentation of new work. This context is now being developed on the Internet. Having been awarded seed money from NEA Heritage and Preservation, bombsite.com has just launched the Archive Project. An ongoing proposition, BOMB’s 600 in-depth interviews—primary documents of American cultural history by the people who make it—will be hyperlinked to include video and audio tapes of live performances, slide presentations and literary texts, and made available to students and scholars around the world.

And on that note, of celebrating our birthday with forward motion, I leave you with a glimpse of BOMB’s past.  

Yayoi Kusama by Grady T. Turner
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Black Lives

I am in the shower washing off the day’s yard work. Mid-scrub I realize I missed a Black Lives Matter Cleveland rally in support of defunding the police. Relief pours over me.

Originally published in

BOMB 75, Spring 2001

Featuring interviews with Wendy Wasserstein, Wong Kar-Wai, Amos Gitai, Eduardo Galeano, Tobias Schneebaum, Micheal Goldberg, Samuel Mockbee, Andrea Zittel. 

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