BOMB 54 Winter 1996

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Peter Carey by Robert Polito
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Robert Polito, author of Savage Art, a biography on Jim Thompson, talks to Peter Carey, author of The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, about the push and pull of home, politics and alienation.

Barbara Bloom by Kiki Smith
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Artists Kiki Smith and Barbara Bloom wander through the thought processes that separate the compelling from the mediocre, the public from the private.

Sharon Olds by Amy Hempel
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This interview is featured, along with thirty-four others, in our anthology BOMB: The Author Interviews.

Patti Smith by Thurston Moore
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On the road with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and famed chanteuse Patti Smith, in Kerouac’s Lowell, Massachusetts.

Adrienne Kennedy by Suzan-Lori Parks
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Playwrights Suzan-Lori Parks and Adrienne Kennedy talk of the foundation of family and the rage of the imagination.

Lawrence Weiner by Marjorie Welish
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Weiner, whose work is currently on view at Beyer Projects, discusses the imperatives of need in language, in life and in getting the job done with the poet Marjorie Welish.

Ridge Theater by Patricia Coleman
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Ridge Theater walks the line between opera and the avant garde, biting over a hundred sounds a minute. An original look at how they do it.

Mike Figgis  by Bette Gordon
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Director Mike Figgis composed his film, Leaving Las Vegas, like a jazz score. It soars and crashes, and soars again.

Shu Lea Cheang by Lawrence Chua
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Shu Lea Cheang’s film Fresh Kill is non-stop motion, traveling between environmental and cyber space.

First Proof
Life is But a Dream by Dale Peck

He had been very young and very ill, and very hot, and his mother had put him in the bathtub to cool. 

Wisconsin, November 1968 by David Treuer

The winter of 1968 was the last winter it snowed deeper than three feet and the branches of birch, aspen, and jack pine snapped under the weight. 

Double White Portrait (unique) by Liz Rideal
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Poem and Painting by Marjorie Welish
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Regrettably, you put it near me

Clouds by Paul Griner

I know all about clouds: cumulus, stratus, nimbostratus, cumulonimbus.

Toujours Pierre by Victoria Redel

She is Pierre like my ass is Pierre. She is Pierre like this cell is the goddamn White House and I am just the First Lady sitting on my ass waiting for an iced tea.

N/EST by Ann Lauterbach

In that part of the day I was carefully measured for aridity

Letter from the Editor by Betsy Sussler