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BOMB 147 Spring 2019

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Editor's Choice

Rest in Paradise, Jonas Mekas by Marianne Shaneen

El Cine Quema: The Films of Raymundo Gleyzer by Will Noah
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The insurgent Argentine documentarian’s retrospective screens at Anthology Film Archives from February 22 through 28.

Beatriz Colomina’s X-Ray Architecture by Ashley Simone
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The story is contagious and the imaging tells it…

Abbigail N. Rosewood’s If I Had Two Lives by Yasmin Roshanian
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In New York, everything sounds back to Vietnam…

Frederic Tuten’s My Young Life by Thomas Bolt
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My Young Life is a memoir of becoming…

Interviews

Titus Kaphar by Jason Stanley

The artist’s works amend the white supremacist mythology contained in American monuments and historical paintings: “Democracy requires a clear understanding of the past, including its mistakes.”

Young Joon Kwak by Charles Long
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On stage and in the studio, Kwak (aka Xina Xurner) summons bodies, objects, and energies that flourish at the “seams of the illusions of fixed identity.”

Kazuo Hara by Ken Jacobs
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The pioneering filmmakers discuss morality and dissent in Hara’s highly subjective documentaries: “It takes a toll to discover what binds your heart to the subject.”

Bill Jenkins by Joe Fyfe
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Constructed from humble materials, the artist’s improvisational interventions are meditations on space and light.

Ligia Lewis by Catherine Damman
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The recent conclusion of the choreographer’s trilogy, Water Will (in Melody), employs mime, gothic imagery, and a Grimm tale, to consider entanglements of nature, the feminine, and blackness.

William Basinski by Lea Bertucci
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Coaxing elegies from tape loops, the composer propels us from the San Fernando Valley to deep space, then into “the long-form beyond.”

José Roberto Cea by Daniel Flores y Ascencio
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El Salvador’s foremost living poet reflects on a long career, from his involvement in revolutionary literary activities of the ’60s and ’70s to grappling with today’s political and educational crises.

Barry Lopez by Taylor Larsen
Horizon

In Horizon, the globetrotting writer charts encounters with diverse cultures, climes, and the animal kingdom, suggesting how we might proceed more gently in the world.

First Proof

Portfolio by Dawn Clements

Dawn Clements (1958–2018) was an artist based in Brooklyn. Her paintings and drawings captured her immediate surroundings as well as architectural interiors from films.

Hardening by Danielle Sosin

My mother sits on a coral reef, her gray hair undulating around her head, face blank, her eyes like a fish’s…

A Throw of the Dice by Lucy Ives

When we were first married, he went out and bought a ball gag.

The Genuine Alacrity of Things by Evelyn Hampton

He knows where a man’s heart is on display…

Bernard: A Character Study by Peter Orner
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They found my mother’s first cousin frozen in a rented cabin up in New Hampshire, not far from where he’d gone to prep school. A smart kid, Bernard enrolled at Harvard on a math scholarship in the fall of 1973.

Settler/Unsettled by Oliver Baez Bendorf

My blood a prophet in a medieval castle with his people—been flogged in the streets / books burned / driven out of town by an angry / mob

Three Poems by Timothy Donnelly

I dreamed of home invasion, and of a great celebrity / hidden inside a series of rooms, each hermetically / separated by glossy, voice-activated doors, each / bordered on both sides by facsimile rooms, identical

from rose miniatures by Navid Sinaki

the call to prayer plays on a victrola. the vinyl sat so long on an ellington…

Unreadable Comic by Tsukue Akimoto
Journal

A View of Vesuvius by Daniel Poppick

I entered my boss’s security code and pretended I was lifting a strain from a fugue.

Essay

Everywhere at Once: José Maceda’s Musical Territory by Aki Onda

The secrets are boxed within. That’s what I thought two years ago in Quezon City, where I was doing research at the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology.

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