BOMB 152 Summer 2020

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Editor's Choice


Nina Menkes’s Queen of Diamonds


Bernadette Mayer’s Memory


Kazik Radwanski’s Anne at 13,000 Ft.


Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher’s The Conservation Revolution


Wayne Koestenbaum’s Figure It Out



Interviews

Art: Nicolas Party

by Jonathan Lee


Literature: Jenny Offill

by Claire Vaye Watkins


Art: Brenda Goodman

by Clarity Haynes


Art: Amoako Boafo

by Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński


Music: Craig Taborn

by Camille Norment

Performance: Jibz Cameron

by Svetlana Kitto


Literature: Rowan Ricardo Phillips

by Gregory Pardlo


Oral History: Odili Donald Odita

by Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi



Fiction


Michael in Light Colors

by Marie-Helene Bertino


The Approach

by Michael Baptist


Forgetting Caen

by Lydia Davis


Heart Beats

by Nora Lange


Tattoo

by Legna Rodríguez Iglesias


The World’s Second-Oldest Woman

by Maxwell Paparella



Poetry


Song of the Andoumboulou: 255

by Nathaniel Mackey


Ode to My Homegirls

by Safia Elhillo



Comic


Fuu Being

by Margot Ferrick



Essay


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


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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
Anne At 13000Ft 3

“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
The Conservation Revolution Bram Buscher

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
Figure It Out By Wayne Koestenbaum

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
Jenny Offill author photo

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

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
Rowan Ricardo Phillips spread from BOMB Magazine 152

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

Fiction

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

Issue #152: Forgetting Caen by Lydia Davis
Forgetting Cain Mockup

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.