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Named after Wyndham Lewis’s BLAST, a 1914 journal edited by artists and writers, BOMB Magazine, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, launched in 1981 as an artists’ and writers’ quarterly because its founders saw a disparity between the way artists talked about their work among themselves and the way it was described by critics. As a result, BOMB has made the artist’s voice an essential component of cultural di

Named after Wyndham Lewis’s BLAST, a 1914 journal edited by artists and writers, BOMB Magazine, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, launched in 1981 as an artists’ and writers’ quarterly because its founders saw a disparity between the way artists talked about their work among themselves and the way it was described by critics. As a result, BOMB has made the artist’s voice an essential component of cultural di

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“Cârneci’s arrangement in FEM is her praxis, showing how this new direction, that of the poetical, is of equal worth to ...
07/10/2021
Magda Cârneci's FEM Reviewed by Sarah McEachern - @BOMBmagazine

“Cârneci’s arrangement in FEM is her praxis, showing how this new direction, that of the poetical, is of equal worth to the theoretical, and has a similar power to enlighten.” —Sarah McEachern

Magda Cârneci’s FEM Reviewed by Sarah McEachern

The first English translation of the Romanian writer's novel—a poetic exploration of the body that both engages and resists gender.

“Have I told you about my fake breasts? I originally got them for Raising Arizona because the character had five kids. T...
07/09/2021

“Have I told you about my fake breasts? I originally got them for Raising Arizona because the character had five kids. That’s a part of my process, my breasts." —Frances McDormand

#BOMBRetrospective: Frances McDormand by Willem Dafoe

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/frances-mcdormand/

“Have I told you about my fake breasts? I originally got them for Raising Arizona because the character had five kids. That’s a part of my process, my breasts." —Frances McDormand

#BOMBRetrospective: Frances McDormand by Willem Dafoe

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/frances-mcdormand/

All 6 episodes of Season 2 of FUSE: A BOMB Podcast are available to stream! From musician David Byrne to painter Tschaba...
07/08/2021

All 6 episodes of Season 2 of FUSE: A BOMB Podcast are available to stream! From musician David Byrne to painter Tschabalala Self, this season features masters of all mediums in conversation with no host, no moderator, and no interruptions. Listen to the season now!

Plus—a special seventh episode with Maggie Nelson will air in the fall, so stay tuned for more FUSE.

All 6 episodes of Season 2 of FUSE: A BOMB Podcast are available to stream! From musician David Byrne to painter Tschabalala Self, this season features masters of all mediums in conversation with no host, no moderator, and no interruptions. Listen to the season now!

Plus—a special seventh episode with Maggie Nelson will air in the fall, so stay tuned for more FUSE.

In just a couple of weeks, our Online Literature Editor Raluca Albu will demystify the elusive processes of developing, ...
07/08/2021
The Art of the Lit Interview: From Pitch to Publication

In just a couple of weeks, our Online Literature Editor Raluca Albu will demystify the elusive processes of developing, editing, and publishing a literature interview. RSVP today!

Join us for an exclusive evening with BOMB’s Online Literature Editor, Raluca Albu.

Unlocked from BOMB #156: "Mr. Apology, 1980" by Dylan LandisIn this new story, Rainey Royal calls The Apology Line, a ho...
07/08/2021

Unlocked from BOMB #156: "Mr. Apology, 1980" by Dylan Landis

In this new story, Rainey Royal calls The Apology Line, a hotline and art project from the 1980s where sinners and criminals shared their anonymous confessions.

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/mr-apology-1980/

Unlocked from BOMB #156: "Mr. Apology, 1980" by Dylan Landis

In this new story, Rainey Royal calls The Apology Line, a hotline and art project from the 1980s where sinners and criminals shared their anonymous confessions.

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/mr-apology-1980/

"History is always a Rorschach. To some extent, looking back, we always see ourselves." —EJ LevyThe Mystery of That Life...
07/07/2021
The Mystery of That Life: E.J. Levy Interviewed by Daniel Torday - @BOMBmagazine

"History is always a Rorschach. To some extent, looking back, we always see ourselves." —EJ Levy

The Mystery of That Life: EJ Levy Interviewed by Daniel Torday

A novel that gives voice to the historical figure of Dr. James Miranda Barry, the nineteenth-century physician who was born Margaret Anne Bulkley, but lived their professional life as a man.

The #BOMBRetrospective is now highlighting iconic voices from the '90s. Our pick for literature: John Edgar Wideman by C...
07/07/2021
John Edgar Wideman by Caryl Phillips - BOMB Magazine

The #BOMBRetrospective is now highlighting iconic voices from the '90s. Our pick for literature: John Edgar Wideman by Caryl Phillips.

Novelist Caryl Phillips interviewed writer John Edgar Wideman for BOMB #49 just one year after the latter received a McArthur Fellowship. The two men discussed Wideman’s influences in his seven books at the time — including growing up in the Black Power era, the writers they looked up to, and more. Wideman would go on to become a Professor Emeritus at Brown University.

BOMB Magazine has been publishing conversations between artists of all disciplines since 1981. BOMB's founders—New York City based artists and writers—created BOMB because they saw a disparity…

For BOMB's 40th anniversary, Kate Zambreno annotates her short story, “Susan Sontag,” published in Issue 135. "Susan Son...
07/07/2021

For BOMB's 40th anniversary, Kate Zambreno annotates her short story, “Susan Sontag,” published in Issue 135. "Susan Sontag" went on to be published in Zambreno's collection, SCREEN TESTS.

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/bomb-retrospective-susan-sontag-kate-zambreno/

For BOMB's 40th anniversary, Kate Zambreno annotates her short story, “Susan Sontag,” published in Issue 135. "Susan Sontag" went on to be published in Zambreno's collection, SCREEN TESTS.

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/bomb-retrospective-susan-sontag-kate-zambreno/

“[Putting body cameras on police] is very much not about the truth; it’s about combatting a non-institutionalized perspe...
07/07/2021
Technologies Are Not Neutral: Theo Anthony Interviewed by Conor Williams - BOMB Magazine

“[Putting body cameras on police] is very much not about the truth; it’s about combatting a non-institutionalized perspective.” —Theo Anthony

Technologies Are Not Neutral: @ProxyTheo Interviewed by @sadfilmcritic

Investigating the bias of vision, unnerving advances in surveillance, and the sociopolitical consequences of a changing digital landscape.

For the latest episode of FUSE: A BOMB Podcast, visual artist Tschabalala Self spoke with her friend Abdu Ali, the music...
07/06/2021

For the latest episode of FUSE: A BOMB Podcast, visual artist Tschabalala Self spoke with her friend Abdu Ali, the musician and multidisciplinary artist. The pair discuss the fantasy of permanent institutional spaces, unapologetic art, and the fraught desire for canonical recognition.

https://bit.ly/TschabalalaSelfAbduAli

For the latest episode of FUSE: A BOMB Podcast, visual artist Tschabalala Self spoke with her friend Abdu Ali, the musician and multidisciplinary artist. The pair discuss the fantasy of permanent institutional spaces, unapologetic art, and the fraught desire for canonical recognition.

https://bit.ly/TschabalalaSelfAbduAli

"I want to find what gets crushed / in the naming, in our absolute / construction of set-apartness."Unlocked from BOMB #...
07/06/2021
Three Poems by Alina Stefanescu - BOMB Magazine

"I want to find what gets crushed / in the naming, in our absolute / construction of set-apartness."

Unlocked from BOMB #156: Three Poems by Alina Stefanescu

BOMB Magazine has been publishing conversations between artists of all disciplines since 1981. BOMB's founders—New York City based artists and writers—created BOMB because they saw a disparity between the way artists talked about their work among themselves and the way critics described it.

Learn how to pitch an interview, what it takes to create a poignant conversation on the page, and what BOMB looks for in...
07/05/2021

Learn how to pitch an interview, what it takes to create a poignant conversation on the page, and what BOMB looks for in a First Proof at our upcoming workshop!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/160657082659

Learn how to pitch an interview, what it takes to create a poignant conversation on the page, and what BOMB looks for in a First Proof at our upcoming workshop!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/160657082659

“Are you not a little like me, loving not the place, America, as it is, but loving it—against all realities—as a myth an...
07/04/2021
Bernard-Henri Lévy by Frederic Tuten - @BOMBmagazine

“Are you not a little like me, loving not the place, America, as it is, but loving it—against all realities—as a myth and for its myth?” —Frederic Tuten

From the Archive: Bernard-Henri Lévy by Frederic Tuten

BOMB Magazine has been publishing conversations between artists of all disciplines since 1981. BOMB's founders—New York City based artists and writers—created BOMB because they saw a disparity between...

“America is such a strange culture. It has all this wildness in it. And yet the heart is so dead.” —James PurdyFrom the ...
07/04/2021
James Purdy by Allen Frame - @BOMBmagazine

“America is such a strange culture. It has all this wildness in it. And yet the heart is so dead.” —James Purdy

From the Archive: James Purdy by Allen Frame

James Purdy is the author of numerous novels, short stories, and plays. Nightshift, a N.Y. theater group working out of the Laight Again Club in New York's East Village, performed three of Purdy's one-acts, What...

“I must say, I have a hard time distinguishing between certain American military tactics and genocide.” —Jacki OchsFrom ...
07/04/2021
Jacki Ochs's The Secret Agent by Betsy Sussler - @BOMBmagazine

“I must say, I have a hard time distinguishing between certain American military tactics and genocide.” —Jacki Ochs

From the Archive: Jacki Ochs’s 'The Secret Agent' by Betsy Sussler

The Secret Agent is a feature length documentary investigating the effects and implications of the use of the chemical defoliant Agent Orange used in Vietnam between the years 1964 and 1971.

"This process of denying but not getting rid of the other, of disavowing but requiring their labor, is an ongoing strugg...
07/03/2021
Anne Anlin Cheng by Shivani Radhakrishnan - BOMB Magazine

"This process of denying but not getting rid of the other, of disavowing but requiring their labor, is an ongoing struggle in American polity." —Anne Anlin Cheng

BOMB #156: Anne Anlin Cheng Interviewed by Shivani Radhakrishnan.

www.bombmagazine.org/articles/anne-anlin-cheng

For the writer and theorist, psychoanalysis provides a “surprising and generative” vocabulary to examine Asian American history and the “ambivalences of racial interactions and identifications.”

“Quicho reminds us of the exhilarating disorientation when art makes the bizarre, cruel, and occasionally sumptuous tech...
07/03/2021
Alex Quicho’s Small Gods by Esmé Hogeveen - @BOMBmagazine

“Quicho reminds us of the exhilarating disorientation when art makes the bizarre, cruel, and occasionally sumptuous tech-mediated present somehow feel more real.” —Esmé Hogeveen

Alex Quicho’s SMALL GODS by Esmé Hogeveen

From weapons of war to their artistic applications, Alex Quicho's book Small Gods takes a comprehensive look at drones in the 21st century.

JUST ADDED: Summer 2021 Fellowships, Residencies & Awards—featuring @YaddoToday, @MillayCol, @free103point9, @princetona...
07/02/2021
Fellowships and Residencies
Summer 2021 by - @BOMBmagazine

JUST ADDED: Summer 2021 Fellowships, Residencies & Awards—featuring @YaddoToday, @MillayCol, @free103point9, @princetonarts, @WSWorkshop, and more. Check out our list for upcoming deadlines!

Our quarterly roundup of fellowships, residencies, and prizes accepting applications. Applications for the 2021–2022 calendar year.

On July 27, join BOMB's Online Literature Editor Raluca Albu and a special guest for a workshop that will demystify the ...
07/02/2021

On July 27, join BOMB's Online Literature Editor Raluca Albu and a special guest for a workshop that will demystify the elusive processes of developing, editing, and publishing a literature interview.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/160657082659

On July 27, join BOMB's Online Literature Editor Raluca Albu and a special guest for a workshop that will demystify the elusive processes of developing, editing, and publishing a literature interview.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/160657082659

For BOMB's 40th anniversary, we asked some of our beloved contributors to reflect on previous work and to consider their...
07/02/2021

For BOMB's 40th anniversary, we asked some of our beloved contributors to reflect on previous work and to consider their thoughts on this work today.

Here, Kate Zambreno revisits her short story, “Susan Sontag,” published in Issue 135.

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/bomb-retrospective-susan-sontag-kate-zambreno/

For BOMB's 40th anniversary, we asked some of our beloved contributors to reflect on previous work and to consider their thoughts on this work today.

Here, Kate Zambreno revisits her short story, “Susan Sontag,” published in Issue 135.

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/bomb-retrospective-susan-sontag-kate-zambreno/

"Whether my work is fiction or nonfiction isn’t about the truthfulness of facts, but about deciding to have a slippery o...
07/02/2021
An Aesthetic of Immediacy: Kate Zambreno Interviewed by Julia Bosson - @BOMBmagazine

"Whether my work is fiction or nonfiction isn’t about the truthfulness of facts, but about deciding to have a slippery or uncanny or speculative quality to it." —Kate Zambreno

An Aesthetic of Immediacy: Kate Zambreno Interviewed by Julia Bosson

A diaristic exploration inspired by Hervé Guibert’s To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life.

07/01/2021
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Listen to musician and performing artist Abdu Ali discuss their shifting priorities in making music—from identity toward healing and mindfulness—with painter Tschabalala Self in the latest episode of FUSE: A BOMB Podcast.

https://bit.ly/TschabalalaSelfAbduAli

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