BOMB 114 Winter 2011

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Rochelle Feinstein by Justin Lieberman

Feinstein talks with fellow painter Lieberman about The Estate of Rochelle F., a pre-posthumous, post-humorous painting project for which she utilized only materials already present in her studio.

Tristan Garcia by Sandra Laugier
Tristan Garcia

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.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul by Lawrence Chua
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Lawrence Chua speaks to the filmmaker about Thai history and its ghosts.

Jim Nutt & Gladys Nilsson by Richard Hull
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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 by Jace Clayton
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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.

Adam Pendleton by Thom Donovan
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Pendleton, whose new work is on view now at Pace Gallery, discusses the connection between civil protest and live art with poet Thom Donovan.

Rae Armantrout by Ben Lerner
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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.

Sarah Michelson by Ralph Lemon
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Sarah Michelson, who has been awarded the 2012 Bucksbaum Award by the Whitney, contemplates, with fellow choreographer Ralph Lemon the gaze and juxtaposition of seasoned dancers with young girls.

First Proof

New Alphabet by Marina Adams & Norma Cole


Fiction for Driving Across America: Saint Jerome & the Dumpster Girls by Ben Ristow
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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.

2010 Poetry Prize Winner, Judged by Susan Howe: Two Poems by Matthew Reeck

Intercepted Telegrams of a Man in a Tartan Shalwar Kameez

Auto-Tune by Ben Lerner

The phase vocoder bends the pitch of
  my voice toward a norm.

Born on October Fourth by Armando Suárez Cobián

We dreamed of meeting in a European city on her birthday.

Formulas & Flowers from Book of Ruth by Robert Seydel
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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.

Three Stories by Chiara Barzini
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The news arrives: “The Prime Minister is dead.” 

Artists On Artists

John O’Connor by Bruce Pearson

I was hooked on the pop-psychedelic appearance of John O’Connor’s drawings, all of which are generated by an array of different systems that are mind-boggling in their eccentricity and range. 

Claudia Joskowicz by Omer Fast
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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 by Sabine Russ
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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). 


BOMB Specific by David Herbert & Thordis Adalsteinsdottir

The Wick by Peter Blegvad
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Editor's Choice

Olivia Booth and Rebecca Norton by Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe

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.

Atlanta: Hip Hop and the South by Richard Maxwell
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Michael Schmelling made a book called Atlanta, a photo book about the Atlanta hip-hop scene. Then Richard Maxwell wrote a review of it.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence by Clinton Krute
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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.

20 Years by Alan Licht

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: An Epistolary History of Carolee Schneemann and Her Circle by Stephen Motika
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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.

Lynd Ward’s Six Novels in Woodcuts by Alexis Boehmler
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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.

How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere by Richard J. Goldstein
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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?

Klaus Kertess’s Seen, Written by Max Blagg
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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.

Carlos Cruz-Diez
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Dave Tompkins’s How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks by Douglas Singleton
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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.

Stephen-Paul Martin’s Changing the Subject by Peter Moysaenko
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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.

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.

The Collected Poems of Larry Eigner by Stephen Ratcliffe
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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.