War Stories

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Darkness and Light: Dan Sheehan Interviewed by Sara Nović
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The Restless Souls novelist on reading his reviews, working as a medical equipment tester, and writing responsibly about war and trauma. 

The Queens Bohemian: Johannes Urzidil’s The Last Bell by Elina Alter
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Fiction in search of a vanished homeland

Brian Oakes by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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“If you can’t go to church, and the only way you can pray, or connect to your god, is through another process, then that becomes the thing you do.”

Matt Gallagher by J.T. Price
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“War isn’t a destination, nor is it a topic to be mined for scribes with nothing else to say.”

Phil Klay by Matthew Choate
Phil Klay

War with and without words.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence by Clinton Krute
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The vast rewards offered by the films of Nagisa Oshima, exemplified by the strange, unclassifiable Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, are just beginning to be appreciated in America.

Jan Lauwers by Elizabeth LeCompte
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Belgian director and playwright Jan Lauwers of Needcompany in discussion with fellow dramatist Elizabeth LeCompte of The Wooster Group on the parallel lives of their respective companies and the upcoming performance of The Deer House at BAM.

I’Jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody by Sinan Antoon

This First Proof contains a passage from I’Jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody.

Bill Carter’s Fools Rush In by Jim Breithaupt
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When writer and photographer Bill Carter showed up in Sarajevo in the midst of the Bosnian War, shattered by the recent death of his girlfriend Corrina and struggling to find meaning as far from home as he could get, he had two college degrees under his belt, $200 in cash in the toe of his right boot, and barely an idea of which of the fighting factions in the civil war he’d entered he believed in. 

Yannick Murphy’s Sea of Trees by Suzan Sherman
​Yannick Murphy

Yannick Murphy’s first novel Sea of Trees describes, with an eye for both beauty and irony, the effects of imperialism on a young girl named Tian and her family.

The Ordinary Seaman by Francisco Goldman

This First Proof contains an excerpt from the novel The Ordinary Seaman.

Diary by Jonas Mekas
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[To honor the passing of Jonas Mekas, BOMB presents his series of diary excerpts and introduction, first published in the Winter 1989 issue.]

That Far Away Place: A Video Documentary on the Life of Clarence Adams by Oliver Phillip Walker

The following Interview took place in the Kitchen House—Mr. Adams’s restaurant in Memphis, Tenn. Vegetables are chopped and neatly laid cut on the counter—huge works line the wall behind him. He sings.

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