John Reed’s Tales of Woe offers a parade of captivating, affronting stories that challenge and delight—er, disturb—the reader. BOMBlog’s Ben Mirov wades through the tears.
Samuel Maoz made Lebanon to make sense of his own experiences as a soldier in the Lebanese war of the 1980s. Montana Wojczuk assesses the film and addresses the gestation period for clear narratives that deal with traumatic events in history.
Key to the City by Paul Ramirez Jonas. Did you miss out on this trans-borough adventure that had participants unlocking park gates and stepping behind closed museum doors? No worries. Follow this native New York correspondent boldly where she’s never been before—her own back-yard.
This special episode of Phoned-In features poems from issue #1 of the journal Telephone. Click through to listen to 12 poets read their translations of a poem by Uljana Wolf and read an interview with editors Sharmila Cohen and Paul Legault.
In Mentor, Tom Grimes explores the cyclical nature of two intertwined lives, two lives bound by literature, and the way in which the vicissitudes of friendship and mentorship can push and pull at the boundaries of our relationships.
With over a dozen LPs under his belt, Bill Callahan’s voice has taken on some further gravitas, but he sounds spirited as ever. Callahan has just published a book with Drag City—Letters to Emma Bowlcut . I’m not sure if it’s a novella, an epistle, or one hell of a big poem. But questions like that are beside the point.
The rhythm of Heartbreaker’s romance lulls the audience into submission as easily as Alex seduces his targets. Just sometimes, it’s fun to be putty. Alice Whitwham reviews Pascal Chaumeil’s romantic comedy.
17 years later, Sally Potter revisits her conversation with BOMB about her film interpretation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Recently re-released by Sony Pictures Classics, the gender-bending film’s timeless themes take on a new meaning with each viewing. Sally Potter looks back at the making of the film and the ways in which filmmaking is different today.
Josh has a bunch of degrees. He’s also written a nice stack of books. If you read a poem of his you might agree that there’s something wild-eyed and ghostly about it. His newest collection of verse is called Selenography, about two handfuls of sprawling poems accompanied by the Polaroid photography of Tim Rutili, frontman of the band Califone, and Josh’s friend. Part 2 of a 2 part conversation.
BOMB’s Richard J. Goldstein talks generational differences, scale, and what it means to be a New York Artist with Greater New York artists Sam Moyer and Franklin Evans in this cyber-roundtable discussion.