BOMB 119 Spring 2012

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Charles Long by Andrew Winer

“But here is what is most important to me—throwing myself into the present, the unanswerable, the unknown, the unquantifiable.”

K8 Hardy by Ariana Reines
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The obsession with documentation and online sharing might have caused K8 Hardy to press pause on performing, at least for now. Hardy discusses, with poet Raines, the runway show she’s producing for the Whitney Biennial.

Liz Deschenes by Kathleen Peterson
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“Photography is a translation of color and tones—a language. And just as significant is that absolutely nobody possesses an accurate color memory.”

Heidi Julavits by Fiona Maazel
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“You can renovate your soul and change your behavior and lie to yourself, but maybe the face is the last frontier of truth. There’s only so much that plastic surgery can do for you.”

Ingo Schulze by Eliot Weinberger
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“Anyone who has ever visited a slum knows that the worst part is not the wretched shacks, the dust, the rusty water tanks, the crowds of people, crime, etcetera, but the smell.”

Gerardo Naranjo and Nicolás Pereda
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Pereda, a prolific minimalist, and Naranjo, known for his highly stylized portraits of disaffected youth, discuss their divergent styles, practices, and their shared “exile” from their native Mexico.

Mohsen Namjoo by Shirin Neshat
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As a young musician, Mohsen Namjoo first captivated Iranians’ attention with his magnificent album Toranj from 2007.

Dean Moss by Young Jean Lee
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Choreographer Dean Moss speaks with one of his collaborators, playwright Young Jean Lee, about his early years as the son of civil rights workers and his current work-in-progress, a meditation on John Brown.

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Dante’s Inferno, Canto XXXIV by Mary Jo Bang

“The banners of the King of Hell come forth,”
My teacher said, “and straight at us.
Look ahead and see if you can see him.”

On The Train by Raphael Rudnik

By his early thirties, Raphael Rudnik was acknowledged as one of America’s most promising young poets. 

Plankticus #372 by Jeremy Sigler

Do I have one in me? Usually I can feel it.

Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt by Matvei Yankelevich

Eucalyptus leaves stir, a slow
tremble outside the automobile

The Carpathian Mountain Woman by Cristina Rivera Garza

Write this. We have burned all their


Simyon by Etgar Keret

Two people were standing at the door. 

Meyer Lansky Breaks his Silence by Zachary Lazar

Gila looked at the photographs and tried to connect them to the man she’d been secretly meeting this past year, but the pictures came from a different order of reality. 

Portfolio by Richard Forster
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Richard Forster’s drawings have an extraordinary purity.


BOMB Specific by Deana Lawson