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After the Father by Wendy S. Walters
Pages from the print version of Wendy S. Walters's essay "After the Father" as it appears in BOMB Magazine's spring 2021 issue.

“Each time they told me to smile I felt at risk for oblivion, as if it wasn’t me that they were looking at but, rather, some bright reflection of themselves, some aspiration gnarled against their own self-perception.”

After the Father by Wendy S. Walters
Pages from the print version of Wendy S. Walters's essay "After the Father" as it appears in BOMB Magazine's spring 2021 issue.

“Each time they told me to smile I felt at risk for oblivion, as if it wasn’t me that they were looking at but, rather, some bright reflection of themselves, some aspiration gnarled against their own self-perception.”

From our Spring Issue: Melissa Febos by Sarah Neilson
Photo of the author Melissa Febos

In her latest book, Girlhood, the essayist examines her own coming of age and finding the words to forge a new self.

Masculine Feminine: Garin Nugroho Interviewed by Ivan Talijancic
a cross-dressing Indonesian dancer applies makeup while holding up a small, portable mirror.

Cinematic portraits of the Indonesian lengger dancer and choreographer, Rianto.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore by Amy Gall
A duo-tone portrait of author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. The background is a dark slate blue and the photo of Sycamore is light pink. Sycamore's hand covers her face and presses her chunky beaded necklace against her mouth.

With her latest book, The Freezer Door, Sycamore breaks down language and genre to confront intimacy, the politics of gay bars, and to find the communities we desire.

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.

Loneliness, Longing, and Inherited Grief: Jean Kyoung Frazier Interviewed by Kayla Maiuri
Cover of Jean Kyoung Frazier's novel Pizza Girl

A slacker novel that fights against the philosophy of brokenness, one Hot Cheetos bag at a time.

The Gentrification of Memory: Legacy Russell Interviewed by McKenzie Wark
Glitch Feminism 2

A feminist manifesto that centers artists as the engineers of a queer and Black imagined future.

Real People: Ari Braverman Interviewed by Liza St. James
The Ballad of Big Feeling by Ari Braverman

The debut writer on how vignettes became a novel, bodies as objects, and why discomfort is comfortable to read.

Parts and Labor by Halimah Marcus
Zoran Tairovic abstract painting of a blue bike

The first time I saw Jane I was working at the bike shop, a veritable cacophony of grease and gunk I only survived by occupying my hands. Bikes had a purpose that had nothing to do with me—every part fit together properly so my mind could remain free and unviolated. Her left knee was scrapped, with pieces of pavement lodged in the wound. The sight disrupted my hard-earned equilibrium. I tried not to look, but it was too late. I had already imagined retrieving the bits of bloody gravel from her abrasion and rolling them like candy on my tongue.

Virtual Viewing: Fantastic Women Reviewed by Karla Kelsey
Installation view of the exhibition Fantastic Women featuring red walls with paintings and mannequin sculptures

A new history of Surrealist women artists.

Vi Khi Nao by Louis Elliott
Vi Khi Nao Covers

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.

Kinds of Desire: Lily King interviewed by Francesca Giacco
Writers & Lovers

On the individuality of grief, demystifying the creative process, and the right time to tell a story.

Restaging Family: Natalie Krick Interviewed by Kim Beil
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Photographs addressing gender, sexuality, and popular culture.

Departing from the Template: McKenzie Wark Interviewed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Reverse Cowgirl Purple

The writer on the fiction of autobiography, drugs as a gateway to gender euphoria, and trans writing that remakes the world.

Last Hurrah by Adam Wilson
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A satirical take on toxic masculinity.

Textures of Personhood: Lisa Robertson Interviewed by Allison Grimaldi-Donahue
The Baudelaire Fractal1

The writer on her new novel, why style is political, and the kinds of subjectivity we experience.

Outstanding, Girl, You Knock Me Out: Ayana Evans and Tsedaye Makonnen Interviewed by Jessica Lanay
1  Nothing Lasts Forever

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.

Anthony Roth Costanzo by Justin Vivian Bond
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A look behind the scenes of Akhnaten, Philip Glass’s 1983 opera now playing at the Metropolitan Opera, in which the countertenor plays an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who defied gender conventions.

The Misadventures of Nuns by Tobias Carroll
The Corner That Held Them4

On Sylvia Townsend Warner’s The Corner That Held Them, a witty and subversive novel about life in a fourteenth century convent.

Improvisation and Ideology: Nat Randall, Anna Breckon, and Alia Shawkat Interviewed by Rachel Stone
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The artist, director, and actress discuss their endurance performance, The Second Woman, and its exploration of gender performativity.

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