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Nanfu Wang’s In the Same Breath by Bridget Hovell
A crowd of people looking forward. Many are wearing red and holding China's flag. All of them are wearing masks.

Nanfu Wang’s documentary In the Same Breath (HBO) chronicles the COVID-19 pandemic, its paradoxical propaganda, and how China and the US “responded to the spread of the coronavirus by protecting their public image above all else.”

Nanfu Wang’s In the Same Breath by Bridget Hovell
A crowd of people looking forward. Many are wearing red and holding China's flag. All of them are wearing masks.

Nanfu Wang’s documentary In the Same Breath (HBO) chronicles the COVID-19 pandemic, its paradoxical propaganda, and how China and the US “responded to the spread of the coronavirus by protecting their public image above all else.”

Ana Prvački’s Pandemic Trilogy by Regine Basha

Prvački releases three wry videos offering coping strategies for our bleak and awkward new social reality.

Two Poems by Rae Armantrout
BOMB Magazine Issue 154 folded open to showcase Rae Armantrout's poems against a black background. The pages have large yellow borders.
What Sustained Us: Film
A flashing gif of a text graphic that says "What Sustained Us"

For this particularly challenging year, we’ve asked Garrett Bradley, Courtney Stephens, Alex Strada, Ephraim Asili, Nicholas Elliott, Mary Lucier, Tania Cypriano, Alan Licht, and Nina Menkes to tell us what sustained them.

Andrés Jaque and Ivan L. Munuera’s The Transscalar Architecture of COVID-19 by Alex Tell
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In mid-March, a still from the reality show Big Brother in Germany circulated on the Internet. It showed the contestants, who had been locked in a house together since early February, relaxing in a hot tub, blissfully unaware of the pandemic surging across the globe.

We Believe It Won’t Happen to Us: Elisa Gabbert Interviewed by Lincoln Michel
The Unreality Of Memory5

On disasters, the “perverse incentives” of social media, and writing in catastrophic times.

Issue #152: Craig Taborn by Camille Norment
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Two sound artists on noise, fractals, Bach, Cecil Taylor, the new 7 PM ritual, and whether we still have use for the word improvisation.

Field Recording by Tashi Wada & Julia Holter
Julia Holter crouching next to Tashi Wada holding a small dog in their lap.

In May, BOMB asked artists how COVID-19 and quarantine were affecting their creative process. How were they making art now?

Jenny Offill by Claire Vaye Watkins
Photo of Jenny Offill, author of Weather

After researching climate change and survival psychology for her novel Weather, Offill asks if we might imagine a different way to live.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips by Gregory Pardlo
Spread from BOMB Magazine 152 of an Rowan Ricardo Phillips' interview by Gregory Pardlo

From epics to lyrics, Rowan Ricardo Phillips considers poetry’s reckoning with history and how writing will reflect our current crisis for future generations.

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