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BOMB 58 Winter 1997

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Interviews
David Rabinowitch by David Carrier
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Philosopher David Carrier has a special understanding for sculptor David Rabinowitch’s influences: Hume, Spinoza and Wittgenstein. Based on an interview, a text on philosophy, sculpture and Rabinowitch’s methodology.

Emmet Gowin by Sally Gall
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Emmet Gowin’s early works were family portraits; his later photographs, aerial shots of the American heartland, record the beauty and waste of the land. Photographer Sally Gall tracks Gowin’s amazing career.

Stuart Hall by Caryl Phillips
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Novelist Caryl Phillips and the great theoretician Stuart Hall discuss cultural studies and the Caribbean diaspora.

Oumou Sangare by Zoë Anglesey
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Mali’s premier vocalist describes her volatile mix of political lyrics, traditional African music, and American jazz.

Ron Rifkin by Jon Robin Baitz
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Given Ron Rifkin’s emotionally deep being, its easy to see why Jon Robin Baitz wrote the lead character in The Substance of Fire with Rifkin in mind. The playwright and the actor intimately discuss their friendship and life in the theater.

Marjetica Potrč  by Goran Tomcic
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Poet and curator Goran Tomcic and Slovenian sculptress Marjetica Potrč on displacement and the genius loci.

Billy Bob Thornton by John Bowe
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Noted for his roles (co-writer/actor) in 1992’s acclaimed One False Move, Billy Bob Thornton makes his debut behind the lens with Sling Blade. He talks with John Bowe about writing the script, playing the hero and directing the action.

Miloš Forman  by Liza Béar
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Director Miloš Forman began making films in Communist Czechoslovakia. He and writer Liza Bear talk about his film, The People vs. Larry Flynt, and censorship in the United States.

Donald Antrim by Thomas Bolt
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Writers Donald Antrim and Thomas Bolt trade keys to iconoclasm and metaphor in Antrim’s novel, The Hundred Brothers.

Hilton Als by Coco Fusco
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I will never forget the first time I had one of those “moments” with Hilton Als. It was years ago, and we were younger of course, and I was bringing in some measly article to the Village Voice and there was Hilton, laying out pictures and watching everything.

Michael Ondaatje by Willem Dafoe
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Actor Willem Dafoe and Booker Prize-winning author Michael Ondaatje discuss The English Patient’s transformation from novel to film.

Artists on Artists
Glen Seator by Saul Ostrow
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Glen Seator’s projects are premised on Art being just another category of event in the world, and simultaneously a social text. His works reorientate our relation to our architectural environment by means of a simple though elegant process of displacement. 

First Proof
Three Poems by Erica Hunt

This First Proof contains the poems “Coronary Artist (2),” “Risk Signature,” and “Madame Narcissist.”

Guided Tours of Hell by Francine Prose

This First Proof contains an excerpt from the novella Guided Tours of Hell.

The Ordinary Seaman by Francisco Goldman

This First Proof contains an excerpt from the novel The Ordinary Seaman.

Tunnels by James Casebere
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This First Proof contains Casebere’s photograph Tunnels, 1995. Courtesy of the Artist.

Three Poems by Karen Holmberg

This First Proof contains the poems “The Pair,” “Sealed,” and “The Painted Colt.”

Persistence of Vision: After Herakleitos by Sidney Wade

This First Proof contains the poem “Persistence of Vision: After Herakleitos.”

Famine by Todd Komarnicki

This First Proof contains an excerpt from the novel Famine.

Seizure by William Christopher Baer

This First Proof contains the story “Seizure.”

Editor's Choice
Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club by Linda Yablonsky
​Chuck Palahniuk

The narrator of this hypnotic, harrowing, bitterly comic first novel thinks he’s a tough guy.

Zia Jaffrey’s The Invisibles by Ameena Meer
​Zia Jaffrey

I sometimes wonder whether Zia Jaffrey has a sixth sense, a sort of x-ray vision that gives her deep brown eyes the ability to penetrate the hearts of others. 

Barry Hannah’s High Lonesome by Amy Hempel
Barry Hannah

Hannah has always been brilliant at depicting people in retreat, not just from the awfulness of their souls, but from the sweetness of them. 

Old School Books by Robert Polito
​Chester Himes

Chester Himes’s The End of the Primitive, Robert Dean Pharr’s Giveadamn Brown, Henry van Dyke’s The Dead Piano, and Clarence Cooper’s Black! are the latest releases from Old School Books, the ambitious black fiction rediscovery series W.W. Norton launched this past fall.

Gerald Busby by Craig Lucas
​​Gerald Busby

Gerald Busby (deep breath!) made his professional debut as a pianist at 15; toured the Southwest with evangelist Angel Martinez; studied under Charles Laughton, Burgess Meredith, and Frank Lloyd Wright at Baylor University;

When the World Was Green by Nicole Burdette
World Was Green

Joseph Chaikin and Sam Shepard together have created from the earth, with dirt on their hands and the imagination of the galaxy on their minds, an epic poem in the form of an Off Broadway play.

Breaking the Waves by Bette Gordon
Breaking the Waves

In Breaking the Waves, von Trier’s style is more like reportage, but equally as relentless.

Jonas Maron by Allen Frame
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Jonas Maron’s photographs of Berlin in the ’90s are bittersweet, made with mixed emotions

Lee Friedlander by Tina Barney
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Lee Friedlander has been making self-portraits since the early 1960s.

David Craven: Painting Networks by Saul Ostrow
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David Craven applies tradition and non-traditional materials and processes to two seemingly opposite and divergent preoccupations.