BOMB 114 Winter 2011
Paris-based novelist Tristan Garcia, a philosopher by training, speaks with another philosopher, Sandra Laugier, about how ideas, ethics, and sex get entangled through the vivid characters in his first novel, Hate: A Romance.
Lawrence Chua speaks to the filmmaker about Thai history and its ghosts.
Painter Richard Hull interviews artists Jim Nutt and Gladys Nilsson in their Chicago home. Check out an audio excerpt from their conversation about El Greco, Chicago Imagism and the Hairy Who.
The Bug is Kevin Martin, the influential London-based musician/producer who, under the spell of the voices and rhythms of Jamaican dancehall, helped spawn a new era of dance-floor experimentation—as told to Jace Clayton.
Pendleton, whose new work is on view now at Pace Gallery, discusses the connection between civil protest and live art with poet Thom Donovan.
Pulitzer Prize–winner Rae Armantrout on her new book of poetry, Money Shot, and its dealings with value—in life, porn, and capitalism—through an email exchange with poet Ben Lerner.
In the tenth installment in BOMB’s literary podcast series, listen to Ben Ristow read his short story “Saint Jerome & the Dumpster Girls,” originally published in BOMB 114.
Intercepted Telegrams of a Man in a Tartan Shalwar Kameez
The phase vocoder bends the pitch of
my voice toward a norm.
We dreamed of meeting in a European city on her birthday.
We were saddened to hear of the sudden passing of poet and artist Robert Seydel. “Formulas & Flowers” from his Book of Ruth, first appeared in the Winter 2010/2011 issue of BOMB and has been reprinted here, with permission from Siglio Press. Visit the author’s page at Siglio Press’s website here to purchase the book.
Take 16 minutes to learn something about Bolivian history. Or maybe not. Claudia Joskowicz’s two new video works, shown at Thierry Goldberg Projects, depict historical moments dramatically poised on the brink of a violent eruption.
JJ Peet might surreptitiously reach into a drawer of kernels, grab an equalizer in the form of a wire or a pin and apply it to one of the dueling opponents—a sock-covered brick (the Resistant) and a home-made miniature cannon (the Luxury Leader).
Olivia Booth and Rebecca Norton’s works address the body directly by involving us in an involuntary relationship to interiority, in which it’s inseparable from the exterior—surface, skin, or the space in front of either.
Michael Schmelling made a book called Atlanta, a photo book about the Atlanta hip-hop scene. Then Richard Maxwell wrote a review of it.
The vast rewards offered by the films of Nagisa Oshima, exemplified by the strange, unclassifiable Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, are just beginning to be appreciated in America.
A review of 20 Years, a LP + 3 CD compilation spanning two decades of audio from Richard Youngs and Simon Wickham-Smith. This article is only available in print.
Correspondence Course collects the expansive and borderless epistolary world of Carolee Schneemann, whose multi-form work has fearlessly engaged mind and body for over 50 years.
The Library of America, doing what it does best, offers six of Ward’s groundbreaking woodcut novels from the 1930s in a beautifully printed two-volume set.
Ralph Lemon’s How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere is as uncontainable as it is elusive. How can a dance that pretty much denies its existence as dance, a “no dance” of “no style,” be written about?
Seen, Written is filled with fluid and poetic dissertations on a wide range of artists and their work, standouts among them the essays on Carroll Dunham, Brice Marden, and Louisiana shaman Keith Sonnier.
A review of How to Wreck a Nice Beach, a new book that tells the history of that most mysterious of musical instruments, the vocodor.
Changing the Subject doesn’t live up to its title, it consumes it. Though the stories make high use of syntactical or symbolic repetitions, they are also powerfully digressive, hallucinatory.
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.
The Collected Poems of Larry Eigner is, for the poetry world at least, the publication event of the year–or decade, or indeed (as one enthusiastic blogger has written) maybe the millennium.