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Seeming versus Being

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“Ultimately, A Working Theory of Love examines, quite successfully, our semi-delusional approach to interpersonal relationships and contemplates whether the world comes down on the side of seem or be—or if it remains negotiated in the space in between.”

BOMBLOG takes a closer look at the exploration of the “mind-body problem” in Scott Hutchins’ new novel, A Working Theory of Love.

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Eileen Myles on Inferno

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CA Conrad and Eileen Myles have an extensive conversation over at BOMBLog. Topics include Myles’ new “poet’s novel” Inferno, how memory’s role differs in composing poetry versus fiction, and writing as a woman or queer. Plus much more.

“…When you admit the presence of a choosing, intervening mind in your writing, if the writing itself lurches a little, stops and starts at irregular intervals, and if in that same time you also look at something ugly or sad for too long—be it femaleness or queerness or age, or poverty—well, people will very likely have to put your book down and you with it.

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Going Under the Surface

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BOMBlog interviews Julia Solis. The artist opens up about her explorations of underground spaces and urban decay.

“…I’ve never been fearless. Being fearless just means you have no imagination. It’s always about taking a step into the darkness and not knowing what you’ll encounter, but being willing to face it; that’s what drives the exploration.

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Michael Alan’s Realism

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“I’m more of a realistic artist than anything else because life always changes on us. I’m trying to embrace that rather than trying to reject it. It’s something that’s definite and we have to accept it. Change is definite, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.”

Bomblog takes a close look at the work of artist Michael Alan, revealing his mastery at turning life traumas into “positive creations;” the ways that his work reflects the continuous transformations of the city and the self; and how his belief in living in the present translates to the canvas.

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Josh Mohr Interview

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At Bomblog, Evan Karp interviews Josh Mohr. They discuss Damascus (Rumpus Reviewed here), and Mohr elaborates on his fourth and current project, a second-person comedy.

“I was trying to do something that I’d never seen, and whenever you do that, the big debate becomes, Cool I just tried something that’s never been on the page before, but maybe it’s never been on the page before because it’s a stupid fucking idea.

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Litquake Interviews Karen Russell

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Litquake talks with Swamplandia author Karen Russell in a final interview before the festival’s kick-off tomorrow! The conversation reveals abhorred writing styles; overused phrases; favorite writers, words and fiction heroes; and more.

“I like assigning The Waves and Geek Love to students, or a book like Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son, because you can practically watch their pupils dilate as they read them—I think there are certain books that are so stylistically innovative or so wholly “other” that they detonate inside readers.

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Litquake Chats Up Jesse Ball

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In anticipation of their annual festival on October 7-15, San Francisco’s Litquake has teamed up with Bomblog for an interview series. This week, fiction writer and poet Jesse Ball—whose new novel, The Curfew, is on shelvesdiscusses favorite writers, words and fiction heroes; desired eras, talents and deaths; greatest achievements, and more.

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Floating in Photography

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Bomblog interviews Cole Rise, whose landscape photographs are described as both cinematic and surreal.

The conversation gets at the artist’s process, the importance and difficulty of subtlety, travel and Mount Tamalpais. Rise also speaks to the floating quality of his subjects, and the inspiration he finds in dreams, space, and—above all—in the “question of how we got here, or rather ‘why’ we’re here.”

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Pop Strategies, Political Ends

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John Maus converses with BOMBLOG about his recently released album.

Topics include utopia, isolation and collaboration, the “language of pop,” lyrics as an afterthought, gender as an effect of language, Minnesota, and more. Stick with the philosophy-dense interview and the musician’s mixtape at the end will be your reward!

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Listers Listed

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Two poets respond to the Morgan Library’s Lists exhibit. Through their exploration of the myriad mediums and styles of listing, they establish, describe, and illustrate four categories of “listers:” crosser-offers, checkers, the iconoclasts and the visual organizers.

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