BOMB 21 Fall 1987
Julian Barnes was awarded the prestigious Booker Prize for his novel The Sense of an Ending. He spoke with Patrick McGrath in 1987 about sex, Flaubert, and being obsessed with obsessions.
James Rosenquist, one of the key American Pop Artists, has been making and showing his paintings for several decades. His early ’60s work, like that of Warhol and Lichtenstein, provides a seductive but critical mirror image of the mass media.
Playwright Richard Greenberg discusses the importance of writing the same play over and over again.
Filmmaker Diane Kurys, a French woman directing in English, discusses the unsexiness of onscreen sex, the possibility of loving two people at the same time, and other improbabilities.
Artist Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe and poet David Shapiro discuss the role of criticism and influence in art, ranging from abstract representations of space to why the Beastie Boys are more transgressive than the avant-garde.
Pictures which pose a threat, present danger, belie codes, give away information, the camera never lies.
The Ancient One
Who is this ancient one
A Poem in Two Homes
Everywhere I go is home
I’m living in hell, Richard told me in the steam room. Victor’s so heavy.
The pleasure Solovei took in the manner of Shea’s death, never mind that it was a suicide and Shea the very paradigm of what Solovei could not but help but helplessly think of whenever he, Solovei, had thought to set himself the meditation of what it must be to be the Gentile—oh so very big-boned, large-boned, heavy-boned, long and broad in all the central categories, the blithe inventor of every reckless declension, the very thing of this vexing life most lived.
Oil and emulsion on canvas, titled The telescope with its lenses had swallowed the stars, by Fariba Hajamadi.
Photograph, titled Site of the First Self-sustaining Controlled Nuclear Chain Reaction December 2, 1942; Chicago, Illinois, by James Welling.