BOMB 153 Fall 2020

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Editor's Choice

Vivian Vázquez Irizarry and Gretchen Hildebran’s Decade of Fire by Roya Marsh

Decade of Fire is a remarkable tale of the Bronx’s rise from ash, standing to set the record straight about the fires that ravaged the borough in the late ’60s and ’70s.

Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Word Book (Translated by Bettina Funcke) by Corina Copp
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Tilda Swinton once said in an interview, referring to her collaborator Derek Jarman, director of Wittgenstein (1993): “He was the material of his own work.”

Lafawndah’s The Fifth Season by Lily Sperry
Lafawndah The Fifth Season Artwork By Marguerite Humeau

Lafawndah extends outward, drawing on the emotionally charged myths of N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy to guide her.

Andrés Jaque and Ivan L. Munuera’s The Transscalar Architecture of COVID-19 by Alex Tell
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In mid-March, a still from the reality show Big Brother in Germany circulated on the Internet. It showed the contestants, who had been locked in a house together since early February, relaxing in a hot tub, blissfully unaware of the pandemic surging across the globe.

Rainald Goetz’s Rave by Shivani Radhakrishnan
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“With my straight razor, I unmask the lie,” Rainald Goetz read at a literary prize competition in 1983. Then, Goetz picked up a blade and sliced open his forehead, nonchalant.

Josephine Decker’s Shirley by Lincoln Michel
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It’s rare for a short story to cause a ruckus, and Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is one of the few exceptions.

Interviews

Trenton Doyle Hancock by Bill Kartalopoulos

The artist’s new graphic novel delves deeper into his mythic Moundverse, where gentle plant–animal vessels are protected by TorpedoBoy and hounded by tofu-eating enemies.

Rufus Wainwright by Rakesh Satyal
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Wainwright talks about his tenth studio album, the “anemic” state of pop lyrics, and why Leonard Cohen—not Bob Dylan—should have won the Nobel Prize.

Billy-Ray Belcourt by Layli Long Soldier
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As an Indigenous poet, Belcourt is creating space for himself and his community in “a world we did not want, a world that we did not build for ourselves.”

Erica Baum by Rajesh Parameswaran
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Baum’s work unearths and explores the incidental poetry of UFO sightings, dog-eared paperbacks, and obsolete artifacts like card catalogs.

Nathalie Léger by Amanda DeMarco
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The archivist and writer’s recently translated triptych fuses autofiction, essay, and criticism to study the complex lives of three female artists in the public eye.

Carolyn Lazard by Catherine Damman
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Lazard’s spare, conceptual works examine the political dimensions of illness and disability and the pleasures of being with and caring for one another.

Fiction

Little Beast by C Pam Zhang

At thirteen, I felt my body slopping. Though I sat in the middle of the nurse’s height-weight chart, though I’d memorized the textbook diagram with its cake-like cross-section of flesh (epidermis, dermis, hypodermis stippled yellow with fat), my problem went deeper than biology.

from The Caretaker by Doon Arbus
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The tour’s route never varies. Twice a day the caretaker of the Morgan Foundation must retrace his steps with a new eclectic band of strangers in tow.

Poetry

Three Poems by Stephanie Jean

Increasingly, poems reach me physically, testing my physical and emotional boundaries—looking for places they might get inside, frequencies at which I might hear, poking at sensuous dead zones.

Four Poems by Yi Sang
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Yi Sang (1910–1937) was a poet and a short story writer during the Japanese occupation of Korea. Despite his brief literary career, he left behind perhaps the most influential body of work in modern Korean literature.

Soliloquy by Vijay Seshadri
That was Now, This is Then

All the experts say I’m sane.
Some even say I might acquire insight someday.

Nonfiction
Droplets by Paula Mónaco Felipe
Lets Talk About Your Wall

Translated by Ellen Jones

Comic

May We Be Changed by Lale Westvind

Project

Project by Garrett Bradley