“The true star of this collection is not plot or characters, it’s storytelling itself: the weird literary ventriloquism we perform as we divide out the speaking roles of our inner lives.” Andrew Zornoza reviews Lynne Tillman’s Someday This Will be Funny.
BOMBlog’s Word Choice features original works of poetry, fiction, and art. This edition of Word Choice, selected by Peter Moysaenko, features poetry by Glenn Shaheen and art by Cleon Peterson.
Glenn Shaheen gets absurd and deadly. Who says our laughter isn’t weeping?
On Our Destroyed Cities
There wasn’t ever a real secret buried
under all that rubble. We paid
them to spread that rumor. When they brought
those innocent people
to the gas chamber we changed
the channel. In some far off cultures,
the losers are the winners. The major interstate junctions
are works of art. Sometimes, when we look up, we think
we see our God. Other times
it’s someone else’s God. Tube tops
are back in fashion. The new mayoral candidate plays
a twenty-minute guitar solo
on local access. We never stop asking the young girls
when they will be married. And when the next extinction-level event
happens, we have the best cave murals. Our descendents
will know there was never
a scenario we didn’t consider in madness.
Not in Austin? Don’t fret, BOMB is. Check back daily for reviews on films and music; interviews with rising filmmakers and musicians; mixtape playlists from our fave performances; and coverage on SXSW awards, panel discussions & other events this week (March 12–20).
“It’s like we’ve all signed this pact: we’re all supposed to believe that poetry is endangered, and poetry is the noblest of arts, and we must be very careful to only say nice things about one another, even if those nice things are not honest.” Michael Robbins talks to Elsbeth Pancrazi about Alien vs. Predator, Internet fame, and his Seidelian hip hop aesthetic.
Tabitha Piseno talks to Callum Innes and Colm Toíbín about the interconnection of painting and writing, the basis of their water/colour exhibition at Sean Kelly Gallery.
Industry muted, architecture diminished—Daisy Atterbury dips into the quietly dreamlike world of Brazilian Photographer Tuca Vieira’s nocturnal Berlin.
“If you keep punching at a man’s head / it will mix his mind. So fast. / So pretty.” Travis Nichols talks to Chris Hosea about his dream home, Sam Cooke, and “poetic machinery.”
As the days get less dreary, catch up with some big names in books, including Ben Marcus, Gary Shteyngart, and Lorrie Moore, plus abstract art, trampolines, and guinea pigs on a fire truck.
BOMBlog’s Word Choice features original works of poetry, fiction, and art. This edition of Word Choice, selected by Peter Moysaenko, features fiction by Kim Chinquee and art by Brian Adam Douglas, aka ELBOW-TOE.
Kim Chinquee tracks uneasy trajectories of life on the brink, a deliberate faltering.
I live in an apartment not far. A neighborhood known for its architecture. A Frank Lloyd Wright home that’s kind of like a secret, but not to anyone who’s from here. I took a walk with a man there, once, and he knew this person, that, but he was old and longed for me for other reasons than I felt the two of us were meant for.
I think of him, walking. Of how he pointed things to me. Of his careful thought. Of his fear, and safety. How I just wanted to bust out, sometimes, when I saw him. How, when I tried to talk to him about my father, he seemed like it was just a passing of the sunrise. How, after I came back from the cremation, he went about us like everything was normal. I wished I could just fall. We’d been at a restaurant, and I ordered salmon. I don’t remember what he got. It had taken a while for me to get him to stop ordering for me, as if he thought he knew me.