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The 2021 Small Press Wrap-up
A bright green text graphic that reads: "2021 WRAP-UP: Independent & Small Presses." Beneath the headline is a list of all of the publishers listed in the article.

A round-up of titles published by independent presses in 2021.

The 2021 Small Press Wrap-up
A bright green text graphic that reads: "2021 WRAP-UP: Independent & Small Presses." Beneath the headline is a list of all of the publishers listed in the article.

A round-up of titles published by independent presses in 2021.

Painting Is a Supreme Fiction: Writings by Jesse Murry, 1980–1993 by Sheryl Oppenheim
A spread from of painted notebook pages with handwritten words on “of sky and mind” on the left page.
ASUNA’s 100 Keyboards by Jacob Gordon
Naoyuki Arashi crouches over multiple keyboards at his American debut.
Design for a Difference: Andrew Castrucci Interviewed by Chris Molnar
A wooden table with an artist book on it next to a pair of white gloves and two artworks on the wall above it.

Two artist books that interact with grassroots activism.

Culture as Dialogue: Vasantha Yogananthan Interviewed by Will Fenstermaker
A color photograph of monkeys climbing bars in the fog titled, Vanar and Markat, by Vasantha Yogananthan

A photobook retells the Ramayana.

Mediated Desire: Daniel Chew and Micaela Durand Interviewed by Simon Wu
Street view of a young man walking through a Chinatown storefront with neon Chinese letters in the window. The man holds a grey, button-down shirt over his head to protect himself from the rain.

Three films that explore the effect of the internet on intimacy and connection.

Our First Mask, The Body: Yelena Moskovich Interviewed by ​Grace Lavery
Portraits of two white women, side by side, one with brown hair sitting in an studio, the other with red hair and a pink background.

On Clowning, Magic, and their BUNKERSLUTS collaboration.

What We Stand On: Reverend Houston Cypress Interviewed by Monica Uszerowicz
Houston Still5

Embracing simultaneity between traditional lineages and contemporary media.

BOMB Retrospective: Pauline Oliveros by IONE​
Pauline Oliveros 40Th V3

IONE is Pauline Oliveros’s partner and collaborator of thirty-two years. Oliveros passed away in November 2016, but her powerful presence has left a lasting mark on experimental and electronic music globally. The following is IONE’s intuited conversation with the late Oliveros and a curated playlist expressive of her legacy.

Capturing the Intangible: Austin Eddy Interviewed by Margaux Ogden
A colorful painting of two birds facing each other titled, A Sickly Dawn And Its Red Rising Sun Whisper Over The Hills, by Austin Eddy
Winning and Losing: Bladee and Mechatok Interviewed by Alexander Iadarola
Two portraits side by side. On the left is musical artist Bladee wearing a black mesh helmet with tall, pointed ears and holding a silver coin up to his right eye. On the right is producer Mechatok, a young man with a buzzcut holding two fingers with acrylic nails that have flames coming off of them.

On techno-spirituality, impending doom, and making failed pop songs.

Retelling an American Legend: Jeanne Thornton Interviewed by Ryan Spencer
Summer Fun7

An epistolary novel about music, trans identity, and counterculture.

Spinning and Daydreaming: Kristin Oppenheim Interviewed by Vijay Masharani
A close up, low-angle, black-and-white portrait of Kristin Oppenheim's face. She shields her eyes from the sun with her hand and looks to one side.

On her newly released collection of circuitous sound works created in the early ’90s.

Ajay Kurian by Shiv Kotecha
Flower-like mirrored sculpture painted in vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds.

The artist’s new sculptures evoke Rorschach-esque flowers and body parts, the threat of climate change, and life on another planet.

Do U Like Your Shadow From Moonlite? by Tara Ison
Moonlite Pink
Valerie June by Celisse
Profile photo of Valerie June against a red background

June explores the roots—and the promise—of blues, gospel, and folk music on her new album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers.


This excerpt is from BOMB’s Spring 2021 issue.

Syan Rose’s Our Work Is Everywhere: An Illustrated Oral History of Queer and Trans Resistance by Tim O’Leary
Book cover of "Our Work Is Everywhere" on Syan Rose

Syan Rose’s intimate conversations with a wide spectrum of queer and trans people coalesce with her art as she portrays the people she spoke with.

Candace Jane Opper’s Certain and Impossible Events by Ilana Masad
Certain Black
Maria Stepanova’s In Memory of Memory by Ali Hassani
Step White

Somewhere in post-Soviet Moscow, the narrator of Maria Stepanova’s In Memory of Memory rummages through the apartment of her recently deceased aunt and comes across a collection of family photographs, some over a century old.

Nona Fernández’s The Twilight Zone by Anderson Tepper
Twilight 4
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