BOMB 152 Summer 2020

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Editor's Choice

Nina Menkes’s Queen of Diamonds by Catherine Damman

“Are you in pain?”

The first words spoken in Nina Menkes’s 1991 film, Queen of Diamonds, treated to a recent 4k restoration, slice through minutes of opening silence.

Bernadette Mayer’s Memory by Diana Hamilton
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Bernadette Mayer’s Memory was never meant to be a book.

Kazik Radwanski’s Anne at 13,000 Ft. by Esmé Hogeveen
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“You look really different than your picture.” This skewering statement is delivered at the outset of a doomed Tinder date by Anne, the impish protagonist of Kazik Radwanski’s Anne at 13,000 Ft.

Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher’s The Conservation Revolution by Amelia Rina
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Capitalism is fundamentally unsustainable. In the spring of 2020, the world began experiencing this fact more acutely than ever, as humankind struggled to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wayne Koestenbaum’s Figure It Out by Tracy O’Neill
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In a career spanning over two decades, Wayne Koestenbaum has copped to a lot.

Essay

The End of White Supremacy, An American Romance by Saidiya Hartman

One hundred years later, Hartman revisits W.E.B. Du Bois’s 1920 short story, “The Comet”—”a speculative fiction about the end of the world written after the pandemic of 1918, after the Red Summer of 1919, and in the context of colonial expansion and atrocity.”

Interviews

Issue #152: Nicolas Party by Jonathan Lee

Party creates vivid pastels and transformational installations that lure viewers deep into the backstories of his subjects.

Jenny Offill by Claire Vaye Watkins
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After researching climate change and survival psychology for her novel Weather, Offill asks if we might imagine a different way to live.

Issue #152: Craig Taborn by Camille Norment
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Two sound artists on noise, fractals, Bach, Cecil Taylor, the new 7 PM ritual, and whether we still have use for the word improvisation.

Issue #152: Jibz Cameron by Svetlana Kitto
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The performance artist aka Dynasty Handbag recounts her journey from the San Francisco DIY scene to New York’s avant-garde theater world and ultimately to Hollywood.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips by Gregory Pardlo
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From epics to lyrics, Rowan Ricardo Phillips considers poetry’s reckoning with history and how writing will reflect our current crisis for future generations.

Odili Donald Odita by Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi
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For BOMB’s Oral History Project, Odita, known for his geometric paintings, recalls growing up as a refugee from the Nigerian Civil War and the influence of his father, a historian of African art.

Fiction

Issue #152: Michael in Light Colors by Marie-Helene Bertino

The Approach by Michael Baptist
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At the appointed time, the team members left their rooms and followed Phillip’s directions. They walked down the hallway and up the stairs to a room at the end of the corridor.

Issue #152: Forgetting Caen by Lydia Davis
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I have just read a diary entry from fifteen years ago, in which I wrote that I had just read some diary entries from many more years before that, written at a time when I was staying by myself in a small town near Caen, in Normandy.

Poetry

Song of the Andoumboulou: 255 by Nathaniel Mackey

Lake Pred was no lake but a precondition, / predecessor assault that kept coming, / preterite arrest we couldn’t quit.

Ode to My Homegirls by Safia Elhillo
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after Matthew Olzmann