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Hypnotic and Historical Power: Taibach Interviewed by Alex Lau
Taipeimoca

The anonymous industrial music duo on engaging the ideological minefield of US-Taiwan-China relations.

Hypnotic and Historical Power: Taibach Interviewed by Alex Lau
Taipeimoca

The anonymous industrial music duo on engaging the ideological minefield of US-Taiwan-China relations.

Black Unity Trio’s Al-Fatihah by Matthew Rivera
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Reissued for the first time after fifty years, the Black Unity Trio’s rare and explosive free jazz album Al-Fatihah still resonates with the sounds of solidarity amid a scene of intense political struggle.

Matt Keegan’s 1996 by Charity Coleman
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A sleek but sensitive compendium of cultural production and politics three years in the making and spanning more than two decades.

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.

Portfolio by Stanya Kahn
No Go Backs Stanya Kahn1

Pressurized states of being and strategies of survival.

Making Some Sense: David Byrne’s American Utopia Reviewed by Conor Williams
American Utopia1 Credit David Lee

In an American era of death and decline, where does Byrne see the path to utopia?

Co-Illusion: Dispatches from the End of Communication by David Levi Strauss Reviewed by Will Fenstermaker
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Examining the war of images in the current political landscape.

Another Trial without Witnesses by Zbigniew Bzymek
Proces Gen4 0750 Magda Hueckel

The New York premiere of Krystian Lupa’s The Trial has been cancelled, as promises of funding from Poland disappeared.

Ice by Jenny Wu

Of all my clients, I liked Wen Changbao because he never touched me. I just listened to him. For a while I thought of myself as his dog, simply because he was my first friend.

Cathy Park Hong by Ken Chen
Minor Feelings Mockup

The poet’s new collection of essays, Minor Feelings, threads intense friendships, “bad” English, and standup comedy into a meditation on the Asian-American experience.

From Scorpionic Sun by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine

I disrupt the concupiscence of tube worms / where your snowy owl eye consults among white crusts / the venom of my gymnodactyl eye / which bribes the slag of trilobites

Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School by Ryan Meehan
Topeka School Cover Bomb Magazine

Reconciling a futurist aesthetic with a story of the past.

dunjaluče by Ian Dreiblatt

I hope you got some cool mountain air tonight / glamping with you is better even than sharing a coke

El Cine Quema: The Films of Raymundo Gleyzer by Will Noah
Traitors 1

The insurgent Argentine documentarian’s retrospective screens at Anthology Film Archives from February 22 through 28.

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.

The Complications of Being Human: Savannah Knoop Interviewed by Clifford Owens
Savannah Knoop1

Community in a bathhouse.

The Turning Look: T. J. Clark Interviewed by Ryan Meehan
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Hope at the point of despair; doubt at the point of hope.

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.

Mr. Vladimir Putin’s Photo with Women by Deb Sokolow
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An embarrassing incident at the Kremlin (from 2015? was it 2016?): in which women invited to an International Woman’s Day photo with Mr. Vladimir Putin arrive in high heels, much to the fear of Mr. Putin’s staff who are there to witness several tall women towering over the Russian Federation president.

Andrea Fraser and Helen Molesworth
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Delving into public arts funding, resentment of “cultural elites,” and campaign finance, artist and curator discuss 2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics—Fraser’s examination of the intersection of cultural and political patronage.

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