BOMB 157 Fall 2021

The cover of BOMB 157, Summer 2021 features a photograph of a woman screaming against a hot pink background.


Editor's Choice


Hannah Wilke: Art for Life's Sake
by Jenny Wu


Gregg Bordowitz's Some Styles of Masculinity
by Svetlana Kitto


Tamara Shopsin's LaserWriter II
by Stanley Moss


R. Kikuo Johnson's No One Else
by Lee Lai


Myriam J. A. Chancy's What Storm, What Thunder
by Walter Greene


Lincoln Michel's The Body Scout
by Seth Fried


Les Filles de Illighadad's At Pioneer Works
by Nina Katchadourian




Interviews


Art: Suzanne Jackson
by Barbara McCullough


Theater: Lileana Blain-Cruz
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins


Literature: Diane Williams
by Christine Schutt


Music: Kevin Morby
by Jess Shoman


Art: Candice Lin
by Catherine Damman


Art: Naudline Pierre
by Stephanie E. Goodalle


Literature: Rabih Alameddine
by Kara Walker




Essay


Black Phenomena: On Afropessimism & Camp
by Hafizah Geter




Fiction


Sacrilege
by Edward Salem, Winner of the 2021 BOMB Fiction Contest


Tree of Eyes
by Adrian Van Young


Two Stories
by Diane Williams


Reproductive Labor
by Holly Melgard


House Ceremony
by Harris Lahti


Live in Bliss
by Akil Kumarasamy




Comic


ME-AS-A-WITCH
by Ricardo Cavolo




Nonfiction


Rea
by Hugh Ryan




Poetry


Two Poems
by Marcus Wicker


Two Poems
by John Keene




Portfolio


by Manthia Diawara




From the Archive


Nam Le
by Charles D'Ambrosio


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Editor's Choice

Les Filles de Illighadad’s At Pioneer Works by Nina Katchadourian

Les Filles de Illighadad’s music is driven by three guitars but remains free from the “tyranny of the solo.”

Hannah Wilke: Art for Life’s Sake by Jenny Wu
Postcard of a seashore with kneaded erasers arranged over the water and sky.

The retrospective of Hannah Wilke’s career “invites viewers to notice the overlooked details in Wilke’s works, so they can fully embrace the pleasures and contradictions that linger beneath—and, at times, explicitly atop—their surfaces.”

Gregg Bordowitz’s Some Styles of Masculinity by Svetlana Kitto
Gregg Bordowitz speaking into a microphone from an auditorium stage.

With references rangeing from Lou Reed to the Talmud, activist and writer Gregg Bordowitz’s improvisational lecture considers “whiteness, Jewish humor and mysticism, the ongoing AIDS crisis, and diaspora itself. You know, the light stuff.”

Tamara Shopsin’s LaserWriter II by Stanley Moss
Cover art from LaserWriter II by Tamara Shopsin

Illustrator and memoirist Tamara Shopsin’s debut novel is set in TekServe, the iconic Mac repair shop of the 1990s, and is populated by geeks, celebrity cameos, and anthropomorphized machine parts.

R. Kikuo Johnson’s No One Else by Lee Lai
The cover art for R. Kikuo Johnon's No One Else: a motorboat on a trailer in backyard in front of a fence with flames rising beyond.

R. Kikuo Johnson’s third graphic novel is a “meditative and melancholy story that’s nevertheless bristling with energy and dry humor.”

Myriam J. A. Chancy’s What Storm, What Thunder by Walter Greene
Cover art for Myriam J A Chancy's What Storm What Thunder

Myriam J. A. Chancy’s eighth book follows eleven people whose lives were upended by the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010.

Lincoln Michel’s The Body Scout by Seth Fried
Cover Art The Body Scout Lincoln Michel

Lincoln Michel’s debut novel is a surreal sci-fi noir investigating a scandalous death in a futuristic, pharmaceutical-fueled baseball league.

Les Filles de Illighadad’s At Pioneer Works by Nina Katchadourian
Three women (two carrying guitars) and one man walking through an empty square

Les Filles de Illighadad’s music is driven by three guitars but remains free from the “tyranny of the solo.”

Interviews

Rabih Alameddine by Kara Walker

In order to write about his existential experiences among Syrian refugees (“The refugees were my people. The volunteers were my people.”), Alameddine created a boundary-crossing narrator for his new novel, The Wrong End of the Telescope.


This is an excerpt from BOMB’s Fall 2021 issue.

Lileana Blain-Cruz by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Cast members standing on a living room set on a theater stage

Lincoln Center Theater’s new Resident Director, the first Black woman in this role, speaks about the many plays she’s directed and the importance of celebrating the rehearsal.


This is an excerpt from BOMB’s Fall 2021 issue.

Suzanne Jackson by Barbara McCullough
A painting with with yellow and red abstract pinwheel-like shapes suspended by two hanging wires.

A veteran of the post–Watts Rebellion creative community in LA, Jackson revisits pivotal moments from her career in painting and Black activism.

Kevin Morby by Jess Shoman
Kevin Morby standing in a field with his hands in his pockets. He has long hair and wears a short sleeve shirt and a medallion around his neck.
Diane Williams by Christine Schutt
Diane Williams

On the occasion of her latest collection, How High?—That High, the iconic short-story writer and founding editor of NOON talks about visiting the graves of her literary heroes and writing as a process of excavation.

Candice Lin by Catherine Damman
A tent made of indigo-dyed fabric panels, flanked on each side by gargoyle-like statues.

Guided by the colonial histories of indigo and opium, Candice Lin’s new installation, Seeping, Rotting, Resting, Weeping, includes a feline temple, a spam-laden qigong video, and interactive sculptures the artist calls “tactile theaters.”

Naudline Pierre by Stephanie E. Goodalle
Painting of a nude, orange figure ascending into a pink sky surrounded by multi-colored winged figures.

On the eve of her fall exhibitions at Prospect.5 in New Orleans and the Dallas Museum of Art, Pierre shares the prerequisites for making her visionary, color-saturated paintings.

Essay

Black Phenomena: On Afropessimism & Camp by Hafizah Geter

Fiction

Sacrilege by Edward Salem

Winner of BOMB’s 2021 Fiction Contest, judged by Ottessa Moshfegh

Two Stories by Diane Williams
Diane Williams Quote
Reproductive Labor by Holly Melgard
Reproductive Labor Quote

Let’s just make an example.

Nonfiction

Rea by Hugh Ryan

Portfolio

Portfolio by Manthia Diawara