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Celeste Dupuy-Spencer by Katherine Cooper​
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A painter talks about portraits as love letters, the poetry of country music, addiction and compulsion, drawing out painful archetypes, and finding both resentment and dignity in daily life.

Lee Clay Johnson by Jay Varner
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“I think violence is inherited, it’s taught, and some of the characters are born into bad blood. …The characters are raped and so is the land.”

Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman by Mickalene Thomas

BOMB is pleased to present an exclusive clip from Mickalene Thomas’s new film Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman.

Dying Is All I Think About by Alissa Nutting

I once fell in love with a cannibal on the subway.

Terror, Eros, and Animal: The Fiction of Heather Lewis by Allan Gurganus

In this special Editor’s Choice article, BOMB presents, in its entirety, Allan Gurganus’s afterword to his former student’s novel, Notice, which has just been published by Serpent’s Tail, nearly ten years after its completion and two years after the author’s suicide at the age of 40.

Jonathan Caouette by Christopher Wilcha
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32-year-old Brooklyn filmmaker Jonathan Caouette has been documenting his own life since he was eleven. His staggering debut Tarnation, part documentary and part narrative, is a densely layered testament of Caouette’s life and that of his family.

Edward St. Aubyn by Patrick McGrath & Maria Aitken
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Two Poems by Willie Perdomo

This First Proof contains the poems “See-Saw,” and “Come Back.”

The Things He’d Done by Peter Trachtenberg
Steve Earle by David Gates
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Steve Earle’s get-down, down-home sounds cross the line from Rock to Country, and his album Washington Square Serenade, snagged a Grammy in 2008. In this 1998 interview, David Gates finds a man as complex and concise as his music.

Linda Yablonsky’s The Story of Junk by Lynne Tillman
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Addiction, to drugs, food, love, TV, alcohol, sex, gambling, is the American narrative theme of the late-20th century.

Van Gogh’s Bad Café by Frederic Tuten

This First Proof contains the first chapter from the novel Van Gogh’s Bad Café.

Steve Earle & Iggy Pop by Lynn Geller
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Remember those wild, self-destructive kids in high school who no one could imagine as functioning adults. 

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.

Home by Melanie Rae Thon

November again.

Knock Knock by Linda Yablonsky

Knock Knock.

Michel Auder by Carole Ann Klonarides
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“Well, I observe humankind. I observe man and woman in struggle. And that’s why I feel like an anthropologist.”

Dr. John by Stanley Moss

Dr. John speaks with long-time listener Stanley Moss about his musical roots, colorful past and his career goals, including film scores and collaborative work.

Heroin Boys by Jeff Goldberg & Doug Latimer
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There has developed a distinct class of heroin addicts, with a certain amount of freemasonry and cooperation among themselves.

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