BOMB 151 Spring 2020

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Editor’s Choice

Bouchra Khalili’s The Radical Ally

Édouard Glissant’s Sun of Consciousness

Jasmine Guffond’s Microphone Permission

Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow

Books That Hold Performance

Thalia Field and Abigail Lang’s Leave to Remain

Sam Pink’s The Ice Cream Man

and Other Stories


Art: Charles Atlas

by Erica Getto

Art: Amani Al-Thuwaini and

Andrea Hasler

Literature: Vi Khi Nao

by Louis Elliott

Dance: Netta Yerushalmy

by Jack Halberstam

Art: Chitra Ganesh

by Tausif Noor

Literature: Bruce Boone

by Evan Kennedy

Film: Tania Cypriano

by Amy Jenkins



by Verónica Gerber Bicecci

Abridged Abyss

by Justin Taylor

from Hex

by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight


by Lee Relvas



by Shuzo Takiguchi

Three Poems

by Bruce Boone


Mark McKnight


under the sun

by abrownrecluse


The Lost Art of Raw Recording

by Ian Brennan

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Editor’s Choice

Bouchra Khalili’s The Radical Ally by Sophie Kovel

In February 1970, the Black Panther Party (BPP) sought political support from the French dissident writer Jean Genet, after his play The Blacks, which had recently traveled to New York, suggested he might be an ally.

Édouard Glissant’s Sun of Consciousness by Miho Hatori
Édouard Glissant, Sun of Conciousness,

Last spring, inspired by Édouard Glissant’s theory of mondialité, I created an experimental performance salon at The Kitchen, featuring sound stories with an attitude of globality and an improvised/ambient/chanting vibe.

Jasmine Guffond’s Microphone Permission by Kristen Kubecka
Jasmine Guffond, Record Cover

This spring, Vienna’s experimental label for “new punk computer music,” Editions Mego, releases an anxiety-inducing record by Australian-born, Berlin-based sound artist Jasmine Guffond.

Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow by Michael Blair
First Cow 02  Courtesy Of A24

Two friends flee from a band of vengeful hunters in the 1820s Northwest and dream of striking it rich.

Books that Hold Performance by Sophie Seita
Valencia Mariana, ALBUM Spread, 58-59

How do we translate performance onto the page?

Thalia Field and Abigail Lang’s Leave to Remain by Shelly Oria & Nelly Reifler
Thalia Field, Abigail Lang, Leave to Remain—Legends of Janus, Dalkey Archive Press, 2019

At the heart of Leave to Remain is the two authors, who, like Janus, share two faces and a mind that begins as two but comes to function as one,.

Sam Pink’s The Ice Cream Man and Other Stories by Darina Sikmashvili
Sam Pink, The Ice Cream Man and Other Stories

Issue #151: Charles Atlas by Erica Getto

Since the ’70s, the filmmaker, video artist, and pioneer of “media dance” has recorded exceptional bodies in motion—dancers, drag queens, and punk musicians.

Issue #151 from HEX by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight
Hex, Rebecca Dinerstein Knight, Viking Press

I am a woman who wakes up hungry. Tom touched only coffee till noon. You do what you’re capable of at some point, so Tom and I left each other.

Issue #151:Mark McKnight
Mark McKnight, If Water Forgets How To Play Mirror

In Mark McKnight’s photographs, the material of the terrestrial world merges with a celestial aspect. Dark bodies, asphalt, oily birds, decomposing stone, and dimpled flesh all radiate from a field of tarry shadow.