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Weird Political Fiction: Charles Yu Interviewed by Gabe Hudson
Interior Chinatown6

On writing a novel in screenplay format, the possibilities of humor, and the plurality of Asian American identity.

Never a Single Crossing: Paul Yoon Interviewed by Katy Simpson Smith
Run To Me Earth7

On writing multiple timelines, teaching with love, and creating an epic in a minimalist way.

Bosun by Paul Yoon

During his twelve years in New York City, Bosun, who went by Bo, got into some bad business with an import-export company in Queens. It turned out the company was dealing in stolen goods, and Bo, who drove a truck for them, was eventually caught one winter on the bridge between Manhattan and New Jersey.

From Harbart by Nabarun Bhattacharya

“Let him sleep. He’ll be alright if he sleeps.”

The Dead by Ayşe Papatya Bucak
Rion Amilcar Scott by Lincoln Michel
The World Doesnt Require You Bomb Magazine

The World Doesn’t Require You, with its fabulist interrogations of American history, imagines a Maryland town founded by members of the only successful American slave revolt.

From Thirty Taken by Jesse Ball
Wioletta Greg’s Accommodations by Sean Gasper Bye
Wioletta Greg Bomb Magazine

A gritty portrait of city life in the Wild East.

Two Stories by Diane Williams

Did she have a deep cut?

Transmuting Delusion: Ryan Chapman Interviewed by John Wray
Riots I Have Known

The novelist on writing a hustler par excellence and showcasing the deprivations of the American prison system.

The Genuine Alacrity of Things by Evelyn Hampton

He knows where a man’s heart is on display…

Bernard: A Character Study by Peter Orner
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They found my mother’s first cousin frozen in a rented cabin up in New Hampshire, not far from where he’d gone to prep school. A smart kid, Bernard enrolled at Harvard on a math scholarship in the fall of 1973.

Where You Surprise Yourself: Peter Rock Interviewed by Leni Zumas
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“Some of the best nonfiction is now being written as fiction.” Peter Rock on his new novel, The Night Swimmers.

A Throw of the Dice by Lucy Ives

When we were first married, he went out and bought a ball gag.

The Cult of Mary by Laura van den Berg

As we entered Arezzo, the guide pointed out the prostitutes lining the road. The women looked like awkward, flashy birds, teetering in bright spandex and spiked heels, cheap gold jewelry flashing in the summer sun.

from Oval by Elvia Wilk

Anja skidded down the slope, which was becoming muddy from overuse by feet. It still hadn’t been paved or even scattered with gravel, since Finster didn’t want to admit that the state of the pathway could no longer reasonably be called temporary.

Beatriz Bracher Interviewed by Nuno Ramos
I Didnt Talk Bracher

Two of Brazil’s most renowned contemporary writers discuss the creative process, societal disparities, and politics. 


Translated by Adam Morris.

Accepting Enigmas: Sophie Mackintosh Interviewed by Leah Dworkin
The Water Cure

The novelist on writing multiple women’s voices, creating a world where men are toxic, and the wide range of female dystopian fiction.

Looking Back: BOMB Contributors on Literature in 2018
The Great Derangment

Featuring selections by Tom Comitta, Molly Crabapple, Veronica Scott Esposito, Carlos Fonseca, and more.

Yavush by Selena Anderson

Yavush dressed like a girl who didn’t really love herself—in short, strappy dresses that flashed meaty upper thigh, with a clip-on swoop bang and acrylic fingernails that curved into the future, dripping rhinestones, gold hearts, and glitter.

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