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.
“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.”
BOMB is pleased to present an exclusive clip from Mickalene Thomas’s new film Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman.
I once fell in love with a cannibal on the subway.
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.
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.
This First Proof contains the poems “See-Saw,” and “Come Back.”
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.
Addiction, to drugs, food, love, TV, alcohol, sex, gambling, is the American narrative theme of the late-20th century.
This First Proof contains the first chapter from the novel Van Gogh’s Bad Café.
Remember those wild, self-destructive kids in high school who no one could imagine as functioning adults.
Director Mike Figgis composed his film, Leaving Las Vegas, like a jazz score. It soars and crashes, and soars again.
“Well, I observe humankind. I observe man and woman in struggle. And that’s why I feel like an anthropologist.”
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.