BOMB 71 Spring 2000

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Frances Kiernan by Lynne Tillman
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Jim Crace by Minna Proctor
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English novelist Jim Crace does not believe—with a devotion that at times resembles evangelical atheism. It is an interesting position he makes for himself, considering that his highly acclaimed 1997 novel, Quarantine , was in large part about Christ’s 40-day sojourn in the desert. 

Arto Lindsay by David Krasnow
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Arto Lindsay speaks as he plays: in tense, measured silences and dense bursts of sound.

Marsha Norman by April Gornik
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When I first met Marsha Norman—Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman, that is—I was delighted to find her not only accessible but also to be a playful person with a fabulous sense of humor. 

Frank Stella by Saul Ostrow
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In the last two decades, Stella’s commitment to literal rather than pictorial space has lead him to an involvement with not only sculpture but architecture.

John Currin by Robert Rosenblum
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Born in 1962, with solo exhibitions beginning in 1989, John Currin has pinpointed many surprising new directions of the 1990s. For one, he revived conventional art-school techniques of old-fashioned modeling, the kind familiar to long-ago American magazine illustration.

Brian Boyd by Thomas Bolt
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Writing in The New York Observer on Boyd’s “remarkable, obsessive, delirious, devotional study, Nabokov’s Pale Fire,” Ron Rosenbaum called him ‘an ornament of the accidents and possibilities of Nabokov scholarship’.

Artists on Artists
Al Souza by Suzan Sherman
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When a jigsaw puzzle is first spilled from its box there is the chaos of hundreds, sometimes even thousands of individual parts—some so tiny they reveal themselves only as a dollop of color, a ripple of cloth or the tooth of a smile—which, after much effort, the trials and errors of fitting and not fitting, are made into a whole.

Beatrice Caracciolo by George Negroponte
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All that I look for is right here in Beatrice Caracciolo’s work: weight, touch, light, atmosphere, scale. 

Joanne Greenbaum by Mary Heilmann
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I first visited Joanne Greenbaum’s studio about ten years ago because Cady Noland told me that I might like her work

First Proof
Sleeping Bear Lament by David Means

This prayer of lamentation—if you’ll forgive the use of those words—began the day we were camping at Sleeping Bear and Rondo went out trashed and got lost.

Two Poems by Diann Blakely
Garden of Eden by Elissa Schappell

The first thing Evie’s father did upon arriving in Amsterdam was tighten the hinges on her bedroom door. “You could have done that yourself, honey,” he said, as though home repair was on the top of Evie’s “to do” list.

The Night Doctor by Javier Marías

Now that I know my friend Claudia is a widow—following her husband’s death from natural causes—I keep remembering one particular night in Paris six months ago…

Schwartz and Dill by Matthew Sharpe

There was the time Jim Dill allowed his head to be used as a bong, but only by the girls. This was late into one of the infamous Forest Road cabin keg parties. 

Three Poems by Robert Chute
Vertigo by W. G. Sebald

I had learned that the only member of the Seelos family still living in W. was Lukas. The Seelos house had been sold, and Lukas lodged in the smaller house next door, where once Babett, Bina, and Mathild had dwelt. 

Two Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa
Editor's Choice
Sheila Kohler’s One Girl: A Novel in Stories by Patrick McGrath
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Sheila Kohler combines atmosphere and careful detail to create an original and absorbing work of fiction whose theme is innocence touched with corruption.

J. D. Dolan’s Phoenix: A Brother’s Life by Betsy Sussler
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J. D. Dolan’s memoir Phoenix bridges the silence surrounding the dramas of family life by juxtaposing them with apocalyptic images of postwar America.

Tim Gardner by Allen Frame
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In his first New York solo show at 303 Gallery, the 26-year-old Canadian painter Tim Gardner works from his brothers’ and his own snapshots of their friends to create a vivid depiction of teenage male-bonding games glimpsed in the suburbs of Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. 

Wendy Hanson by Suzan Sherman
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Wendy Hanson’s work conveys beauty and fragility, containing symbolism of skin and scars to mark our own vulnerability.

Erika Suderburg’s Space, Site, Intervention by Alan Scarritt

With 19 contributing art historians, artists, curators, and critics, this wonderful book seeks to expand the definition of site-specific work while dissolving its categories.

Zhang Yimou’s Not One Less by Mark Magill
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Centered around a 13-year-old substitute teacher in a remote and impoverished rural village, Not One Less delivers an important lesson in worth.

Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano by Rone Shavers

Nilo Cruz’s simple and effective play recounts the plight of two sisters who hope to obtain freedom from the oppressive Castro regime.

Santosh Sivan’s The Terrorist by Max Winter
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The Terrorist directed by Santosh Sivan focuses on the complex moral and philosophical struggle of a prime minister’s assassin during the days leading up to the event.

Motherhood and Sexuality by Bette Gordon & Catherine Texier
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The recent works of Bette Gordon and Catherine Texier both draw from similar themes, primarily women as heroines and the sexuality of mothers.

Songs in the Key of Fate by Katherine Vaz

Katherine Vaz recounts her experiences seeing Madredeus in Portugal, as well as the band’s haunting style.

The Melancholy Pseudo-Symphony of 69 Love Songs by Jennifer Bluestein
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The Magnetic Fields’s 69 Love Songs is a “carnivalesque compendium of remorse, self-deprecation, pining, and pure adoration, with three singers, four instruments, and beats ranging from rumba to country” writes reviewer Jennifer Bluestein.

Jackie McLean’s Nature Boy by Zoë Anglesey
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Avant-garde jazz musician Jackie Mclean set out with his album Nature Boy to “make a very relaxed solid album.”

Yo La Tengo by Steve Bodow
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Yo La Tengo is marked by the longevity, growth and success of its career. Their new album is their gentlest, quietest, and most texturally nuanced work to date.

Monica Sarsini’s Eruptions by Barry Schwabsky

Monica Sarsini has a talent for describing sensory experience. Taste, touch, and color come alive through a unique voice.

Binnie Kirshenbaum’s Pure Poetry by Minna Proctor

Binnie Kirschenbaum’s formally structured novel is populated by ghosts, morbid neuroses, and wicked humor.

David Trinidad’s Plasticville by Amy Gerstler

According to reviewer Amy Gersteler, David Trinidad’s collection of poems “provides readers with a model train tour of a fastidiously kept alternative world where fixation provides bright temporary relief from the pain and confusion of growing up human.”