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Klaus Kertess (1940–2016)
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What I loved most about Klaus was his old-world elegance. 

Sarah Charlesworth, 1947 - 2013 by Betsy Sussler
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I first spotted Sarah with Joseph Kosuth at a party somewhere in SoHo soon after arriving in New York in 1975.

Eric Fischl by Betsy Sussler

BOMB founder Betsy Sussler talks to painter Eric Fischl about his new memoir Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas.

David Rattray: A Recognition by Lynne Tillman, Anney Bonney & Betsy Sussler

Two warm remembrances of the poet David Rattray, who passed away in 1993, and a video of the poet reading his piece “Mr. Peacock.”

Letter from the Editor by Betsy Sussler

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.

Sharon Hayes & Lawrence Weiner by Betsy Sussler

Part of the series In the Open: Art & Architecture in Public Spaces, filmed in Lawrence Weiner’s studio in Greenwich Village, Spring 2010. Following the interview is an unedited transcript of the video.

George Robert Minkoff’s The Leaves of Fate by Betsy Sussler
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There is a curse upon the adventurers and mendicants, second sons of the aristocracy and would-be-sovereigns of their own destiny who sailed for the New World. Read about it in this review of The Leaves of Fate by George Robert Minkoff.

Year 29 by Betsy Sussler

Like a lot of people, we’re very happy that 2009 is over.

Charles Reznikoff’s By the Waters of Manhattan by Betsy Sussler
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Charles Reznikoff (1894–1976) writes prose like a poet, indeed he is one, with his rock-hard choice of words styled into deceptively simple sentences.

Year 28 by Betsy Sussler

BOMB Celebrates its 28th Year

Mary Heilmann at 303 Gallery by Betsy Sussler
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Betsy Sussler reports on Mary Heilmann’ Two-Lane Blacktop show at 303 Gallery in February ’09.

Jonathan Lethem by Betsy Sussler
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“I’m always looking for different kinds of containers to put different parts of myself in.”

Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies by Betsy Sussler
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Sea of Poppies is a miraculous book about even more than the 19th-century opium trade, which is an exciting tale in and of itself, fraught with voracious greed, power-mongering, and racism. 

Deborah Baker’s A Blue Hand: The Beats in India by Betsy Sussler
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While Deborah Baker’s packed compendium does indeed tell stories of the Beats in India and more—Corso’s confessions of unrequited love, Burroughs’s surly brushes with sex and death, Kerouac’s ad hoc pronouncements on writing and marriage—Ginsberg is the protagonist of this lush tale. 

Michael Goldberg: In Memoriam, December 24, 1924–December 30, 2007 by Klaus Kertess, Lucio Pozzi, Ellen Phelan, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Betsy Sussler, Luke Matthiessen & Gerald Jay Goldberg
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Michael Goldberg was our hero. Larger than life, he sauntered up to the plate and took on the mantle as our all-American myth because we needed a hero.

Rachel Foullon by Betsy Sussler
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Rachel Foullon builds what she calls fluid hosts, decklike staircases that hold, in juxtaposition, her paper and pulp sculptures.

Judy Pfaff by Betsy Sussler
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Buckets of Rain was completed in 2006, and evolved as you said after the death of several close friends and family members, your mentor Al Held, and your mom

Margot Singer’s The Pale of Settlement and Peter LaSalle’s Tell Borges If You See Him by Betsy Sussler
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The Pale of Settlement was once the swath of land designated by Imperial Russia as the only legitimate home of their Jewish population, one they reluctantly inherited after partitioning the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. 

A.M. Homes & Francine Prose

Award-winning authors A.M. Homes and Francine Prose discuss the overlap where memoirs, histories, and novels meet in this conversation presented by BOMB’s Editor-in-Chief Betsy Sussler.

Jennifer Clifford Danner by Betsy Sussler
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Larger than life-size, glancing head on or sideways, Jennifer Clifford Danner’s portraits—for portraits they are, in the traditional sense, if not painted in the traditional method—confront their audience with a dignity and vulnerability rarely seen since Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer.

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