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BOMB #154 Preview: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore by Amy Gall
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In this excerpt from her interview in BOMB’s winter 2021 issue, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore discusses activism, gay bars, and her forthcoming book, The Freezer Door.

BOMB #154 Preview: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore by Amy Gall
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In this excerpt from her interview in BOMB’s winter 2021 issue, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore discusses activism, gay bars, and her forthcoming book, The Freezer Door.

Amani Al-Thuwaini and Andrea Hasler
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Two artists recast the iconography of consumerism—one into tradition-bending Kuwaiti dowry chests and the other into sculptures evoking raw flesh.

Vi Khi Nao by Louis Elliott
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From personal ads compiled as narrative to a frame-by-frame retelling of a short film on grazing sheep, Nao’s poems and stories are acrobatic experiments in form.

Outstanding, Girl, You Knock Me Out: Ayana Evans and Tsedaye Makonnen Interviewed by Jessica Lanay
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Two artists manifest, claim, and demand space in a society that operates around violence against black women’s bodies while pretending that they don’t exist.

I want you to know that I am hiding something from you by Kaitlyn A. Kramer
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Hidden passions made to be seen.

Anne Garréta’s Not One Day by Youmna Chlala

If the experimental French writing group Oulipo were to be reborn today, would they return as performance artists? Anne Garréta’s 2002 Prix Médicis–winning novel, Not One Day, marks her as a literary acrobat suspended between those who hold on to the group’s relevance and those who have let it go in favor of conceptual art practices.

Mike Goodlett by Ben Durham
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Homebody, the title of Mike Goodlett’s first New York solo exhibition, playfully refers to his life of relative seclusion in rural Kentucky.

BOMB Specific by Lyle Ashton Harris
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Lyle Ashton Harris’s work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender, and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic.

Ralph Lemon’s Scaffold Room by Jenn Joy
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A love letter composed from a scaffold. Isn’t this the way we live now?

The Good Farmer and the Bad Farmer, A Story of Woodchuck by Ted Pelton

Woodchuck was wandering on a path through woods one day when his leg caught in some vines.

Matthew Weinstein by Laurie Simmons
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Weinstein elaborates on the sources behind his animated videos with Simmons, with whom he has previously collaborated. These range from telemarketing, Brecht, entertainment, and what Weinstein calls the “national pastime” of self-absorption.

Jay Scheib by Alix Pearlstein
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“I’m somewhere between Bresson, Godard, and the NBA.”

Henri Cole’s Touch by Julia Guez
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Julia Guez on the pleasure and pain in Henri Cole’s new book of poetry.

Terence Gower by Pedro Reyes

Terence Gower’s latest video, New Utopias, is a lecture filmed in the style of a 1950s Walt Disney documentary. 

Cauleen Smith by Leslie Hewitt
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Some images in life and art remain seared in one’s memory because of their sublime effect and power. Such images are found and masterfully constructed in the films of Cauleen Smith. 

Theta by Carolina Lozada

This First Proof contains the story “Theta” by Carolina Lozada, translated by Katherine Silver.

Four Poems by Nicole Steinberg

Four poems by Nicole Steinberg

Mickalene Thomas by Kara Walker
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Kara Walker on the work of Mickalene Thomas. Accompanied by three works by Thomas.

Robert Brinker by Roberto Juarez
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Roberto Juarez on the way that Robert Brinker’s paper cutouts balance warm, Disney-like comfort with strident sensuality.

J. Reuben Appelman’s Make Loneliness by Iris Smyles
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J. Reuben Appelman’s haunting poetry is a seduction, a balance sheet of individual experience, and a cosmic echo.

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