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.
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.
Two memoirs about immigrant roots—from the Soviet Union to Syria—and growing up queer on the cultural margins of New York City.
As an Indigenous poet, Belcourt is creating space for himself and his community in “a world we did not want, a world that we did not build for ourselves.”
The filmmaker on her 1995 film BloodSisters documenting San Francisco’s leather-dyke scene.
On writing secondhand trauma, cycles of behavior, and the loneliness of internalized homophobia.
My favorites are the ones you see, but I have a lot you don’t see unless I’m naked. And I’m not going to get naked now. I’m too embarrassed with you.
The debut writer on complex characters, love stories, and how we code each other.
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.
‘Now here’s one I like!’
Or—‘Stop me if you’ve heard this,’ but
this story’s the exception. It’s
vouched for by Science and actually
happened. You judge.
A portrait of Langston Hughes and Black queer Harlem.
The novelist on studying cinema in Singapore and how she came to imagine the queer love lives of Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, and Leni Riefenstahl.
Long neglected poet Stephen Jonas created a complex web of self-mythologized identities to escape any form of categorization …
The writer on seeking queer lineage, public sex as collective defiance, and autobiography as accumulation.
The writer and visual artist discuss their work, experience as black creatives, and mutual love for Toni Morrison.