Winner of BOMB’s 2015 Fiction Contest, selected by Sheila Heti
The sight of a handsome girl in too tight cut-offs sent the reels in Travis’s slot machine brain scrambling.
Why it interested me is because it happened.
Uncanny, maybe. Troublemakers for sure. Between reality and fiction, Rona Yefman’s Let It Bleed brings us the flawless collaboration between photographer and actor, in this case, the artist and her sibling Gil.
In the eighth installment in BOMB’s Fiction for Driving Across America series, Dannielle Dutton reads an excerpt from her novel S P R A W L, published by Siglio Press, which appeared in the Summer Issue #112 of BOMB’s literary supplement, First Proof.
I walk through streets and look in windows to witness cheerfully painted walls and vertical lamps, high technical quality and surround-sound, mystery, beauty, fry baskets, fried chicken legs, joy sticks, shelves, ovens, beans.
“Even the fireflies linger” in Paula Brancato’s poem “And Here and There, a Kiss”; and don’t we all wish that the summer months would linger on as well? This season’s end is upon us once again, and I find myself stubbornly grasping on before it slips away into fall. Though “And Here and There, a Kiss” is more than a poem about a season, it captures the simultaneous tragedy and magic of that simple, suburban summer. It speaks to that wistful youth of growing up and those carefree days that eventually slip away from us all.
– Galina Arnaut
Right around the time the war on terror began, I thought, Does Donna really need so many friggin’ flags?
On a freakishly warm Saturday last November, a day when children pulled out their sand pails and last summer’s shorts, and overdressed parents stripped off layer after layer of their own clothes, revealing pale, hairy bodies meant to be concealed at this time of year,
In Owens’s world the insides of refrigerators and closets, a lipstick-red toilet seat and well-stocked pantry drawers also warranted portraiture. What’s astonishing is not that Bill saw these things, knew these suburban families and inspected their domiciles, but that he was attentive and crazy enough to think that this was the stuff of photographs.
This First Proof contains the story “Billy Goats.”
This First Proof contains the story “American Children.”
A novelist’s job is to get “dirty with the dirty,” W.H. Auden once said. It is a dictum A.M. Homes adheres to, with formidable results.
Gregory Crewdson’s photographs of expansive dioramas recall Duchamp, Emerson, and the American suburbs. The documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters is in limited release now.
Dickson’s paintings documented the isolation and the life of Times Square pre-vamp. She and Sylvère Lotringer discuss the suburbs, demolition derby and becoming American.
Purple America has the acid overtones of Hendrix’s “Purple Rain” coupled with the rollicking control of a writer who knows exactly what he’s about.
This First Proof contains an excerpt from the novel “Bruiser.”
Stephen Haff has directed the American premieres of Canada’s most respected playwright, George Walker. Often compared to Sam Shepard, Walker creates working-class characters who walk the edge of comedy and despair.