Elaine Lustig Cohen on the late Alvin Lustig and the art, and archiving, of the book jacket.
Jessica Hoffmann and Peter Cochrane discuss Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s new memoir The End of San Francisco.
Richard Hell on his new memoir, the punk legacy, Harmony Korine, and the subtle joys of reaching middle age.
Kurt Hollander discusses his book Several Ways to Die in Mexico City, a fascinating and ambitious book about the history, culture, economics, anthropology, and even aesthetics of death in Mexico City.
Miranda July on her experiences meeting strangers from the PennySaver and the relationship between her book It Chooses You and her film The Future.
In the latest of BOMBlog’s reprints of [ 2nd Floor Projects ], Suzanne Stein takes inspiration from the work of John De Fazio and Daniel Minnick.
Ryan Sheldon on Marco Roth’s memoir The Scientists: A Family Romance.
Ashley McNelis on Héctor Abad’s memoir, Oblivion.
Wie hiesst Himmler’s Brain? Ashley McNelis on Laurent Binet’s HHhH.
Jarett Kobek’s novel ATTA reads as a relentless laceration of the fear and disaster mythologies of globalized empire.
Peter Bebergal and Jeffrey J. Kripal on the experience of pop culture and its mystical and mythological implications.
Craig Hubert sits down with Jason Zinoman, the author of Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror, to discuss horror films’ capacity to enthrall, terrify, and addict audiences.
Alex Zafiris speaks to Gwen Allen about her new book Artists’ Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art, a work that examines independent arts publications from the ’60s through the ’80s.
The release of a posthumous non-fiction collection by author Roberto Bolaño provides new insights into the mind of a modern master through articles and columns written during his last five years.
“I’ve come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubblegum.” Justin McNeil reviews Jonathan Lethem’s non-fiction book, They Live, an examination of the movie of the same name.
Albert Sussler’s moving account of his experience as an aid worker in tsunami and earthquake-devastated Japan.
Alan Gilbert parses Adam Phillip’s artist talk at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Discussed herein: madness, theater, and Greek tragedy.
Alex Ross, music critic, is the author of Listen to This, a collection of essays from The New Yorker. Amy Whipple and Ross discuss the relevance of classical music, Björk, and Aaron Copland’s checking account.
Justin Spring, nominated for a National Book Award for The Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade with poet and biographer, Honor Moore. Check out the podcast and video highlights.
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.
Nearly 30 years on from his masterpiece The Gift, author Lewis Hyde turns in his sharp new book, Common As Air . BOMBlog’s Chris Wallace spoke with Hyde about information, art and the ownership of the intangible.
Artist Amie Siegel discusses her experiences wading through Stasi film archives, tackling translation, and weaving together the “visual essay” that is DDR/DDR. The film is screening at the Anthology Film Archives through Thursday, May 13th.
Jake Silverstein’s Nothing Happened and Then It Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction is a hilarious and engrossing new book that lives up to its title, blending journalism and invention.
Can feminism expand? Can it begin to dispel stereotypes from within and without the movement? The answer, according to Emma Bee Bernstein and Nona Willis Aronowitz’s GirlDrive, is a resounding yes!
Sarah Thornton’s mechanical mind deciphers the gestures hidden within the wild, eccentric, and unregulated art world. Her recent bestseller, Seven Days in the Art World, unlocks the mysteries of this creative sphere that appears to be lit from within.
WEB EXCLUSIVE Adina Hoffman’s biography of Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali is a compelling portrait of an artist. Hoffman spoke with fellow biographer Deborah Baker about issues of fact and the biographer’s immersion in her subject.
Writer and former New Yorker staff writer Suzannah Lessard interviewed by novelist Patrick McGrath in the BOMBLive! Artists & Curators’ Series at The New Museum for Contemporary Art, Fall 2002.
Phillip Lopate has had a good year, publishing To Show and To Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction and Portrait Inside My Head. He spoke with Sharlin about humor, honesty, and his identity as a native New Yorker.
Enrique Vila-Matas’s characters include James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Auster, and even Enrique Vila-Matas. The Catalan author talks with Meruane about his distinct method of interlacing reading, writing, fact, and fiction.
’Pataphysics: A Useless Guide, a theological pseudoscience, defines hand gestures as providing access to the divine, and others as blasphemy.