“The normative/transgressive dichotomy is so deep. I remember a student I had a while ago, a trans person deeply invested in anti-assimilation, who was saying to me quite plaintively one day, “I just don’t see how to keep resisting the normative!” So I asked him, “Can you name what it is, exactly, that you feel like you have to resist?” And he said, “Well, I don’t want to get married or have a baby.” After he left my office I just kept thinking, Well, that’s weird, ‘cuz I’m married, and I have a baby.”
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John Freeman knows authors. Last year he published How To Read a Novelist, a collection of 55 author interviews. In this month’s issue of BOMB, Freeman interviewed Rumpus Essays Editor Emeritus Roxane Gay calling her “the best thing that came out of Nebraska since the 1971 Cornhuskers football team.”...more
The poems, like Stein’s debut novel, The Fallback Plan—a depiction of after-college limbo—strike a powerful balance between humor and melancholy, reference and storytelling....more
Artist Takeshi Miyakawa’s public art installation was meant to be a city-wide tribute to New York.
Strangely, the project, which involved hanging illuminated plastic bags with the ‘I ♥ NY’ slogan, prompted a call to the bomb squad and landed Miyakawa in jail on Saturday....more
BOMB interviews artist Jimmie Durham. Topics of discussion included sinister architecture, art as a “fake category,” Durham’s days in the American Indian Movement, and the” intellectual delight” of being against the laws.
“And it dictates to us—the city tells us how to be; our work in the city tells us how we should be....more