Bomb

The Author Interviews

by Bomb Magazine, Betsy Sussler, Mary Gaitskill, Junot Díaz, Roberto Bolaño, Kathy Acker, Hari Kunzru, Dennis Cooper, Jonathan Franzen, Sharon Olds, Amy Hempel, Edwidge Danticat, Tobias Wolff, Ben Marcus, A.M. Homes, Kenneth Goldsmith, Ben Lerner, Maryse Condé, Álvaro Mutis, Paula Fox, Han Ong, Sam Lipsyte, Jeffrey Eugenides, Kimiko Hahn, Dale Peck, Rachel Kushner, Heidi Julavits, Wayne Koestenbaum, Justin Taylor, Adam Fitzgerald, Wilson Harris, Lynne Tillman, Francisco Goldman, Oscar Hijuelos, Blake Butler, Geoff Dyer, Frederic Tuten, Lydia Davis, Jim Shepard, Lore Segal, Nuruddin Farah, Jennifer Egan

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Thirty years of interviews that offer “a window into the minds and the writing processes of some of the world’s best practitioners of poetry and prose” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
 
Since 1981, the quarterly magazine Bomb has been the gold standard for artist-on-artist interviews, showcasing writers, performers, actors, musicians, painters, and architects. The founders, a group of New York City–based artists, wanted a public space for art-makers to talk to each other about their work without the interference of critics or journalists.
 
Thirty years later comes this anthology: an addictively insightful collection of thirty-five interviews with some of the world’s most thought-provoking, funny, profound, compelling authors. It includes literary luminaries such as Mary Gaitskill, Junot Díaz, Sharon Olds, Amy Hempel, Martin Amis, Jeffrey Eugenides, Sapphire, Edwidge Danticat, and Jennifer Egan, among many others, as well as an introduction by Francine Prose.
 
These authors speak frankly about the joys and the pain that inform their work, the influence of family, ambition, criticism, and the sinking, thrilling knowledge of their own mortality. This is Bomb Magazine’s gift to readers: a glimpse into the minds that created the books which informed you, challenged you, yanked on your heartstrings and touched your soul.
 
Bomb: The Author Interviews brings together a selection of conversations in a handsome anthology. The book, which offers 35 of the magazine’s interviews, is both a primer on authorial strategies and a record of the evolution of an iconic literary institution.” —The Washington Post
 
BOMB’s author interview series, which has been going for years, is one of the most inspiring dialogues between writers available.” —Bustle
 
“These are not your run of the mill author interviews featuring a journalist throwing canned questions at a writer, these are conversations between writers and delve into the essence of creativity . . . Essential reading for any admirer of contemporary literature.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer 

  • Soho Press; November 2014
  • ISBN: 9781616953805
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  • Title: Bomb
  • Author: Bomb Magazine; Betsy Sussler (ed.); Mary Gaitskill (contrib.); Junot Díaz (contrib.); Roberto Bolaño (contrib.); Kathy Acker (contrib.); Hari Kunzru (contrib.); Dennis Cooper (contrib.); Jonathan Franzen (contrib.); Sharon Olds (contrib.); Amy Hempel (contrib.); Edwidge Danticat (contrib.); Tobias Wolff (contrib.); Ben Marcus (contrib.); A.M. Homes (contrib.); Kenneth Goldsmith (contrib.); Ben Lerner (contrib.); Maryse Condé (contrib.); Álvaro Mutis (contrib.); Paula Fox (contrib.); Han Ong (contrib.); Sam Lipsyte (contrib.); Jeffrey Eugenides (contrib.); Kimiko Hahn (contrib.); Dale Peck (contrib.); Rachel Kushner (contrib.); Heidi Julavits (contrib.); Wayne Koestenbaum (contrib.); Justin Taylor (contrib.); Adam Fitzgerald (contrib.); Wilson Harris (contrib.); Lynne Tillman (contrib.); Francisco Goldman (contrib.); Oscar Hijuelos (contrib.); Blake Butler (contrib.); Geoff Dyer (contrib.); Frederic Tuten (contrib.); Lydia Davis (contrib.); Jim Shepard (contrib.); Lore Segal (contrib.); Nuruddin Farah (contrib.); Jennifer Egan (contrib.)
  • Imprint: Soho Press
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In The Press

"Bomb: The Author Interviews brings together a selection of conversations in a handsome anthology. The book, which offers 35 of the magazine’s interviews, is both a primer on authorial strategies and a record of the evolution of an iconic literary institution." —The Washington Post

"Lets readers into the room for conversations with Martin Amis, Junot Díaz, Jennifer Egan, Sharon Olds, and others about the craft of writing." —The Boston Globe

"'Inspire' might be a thin word in our cynical literary present, but dare I say that reading these conversations made me want to handwrite excerpts on index cards and lean them against books on my shelves." —The Millions

"Rare insight into the creative processes, feelings and work habits of contemporary prose writers and poets . . . These fascinating, in-depth and intimate conversations between notable writers delve into writing as a craft and as a calling." —Shelf Awareness

"BOMB’s author interview series, which has been going for years, is one of the most inspiring dialogues between writers available."  —Bustle 

"These are not your run of the mill author interviews featuring a journalist throwing canned questions at a writer, these are conversations between writers and delve into the essence  of creativity . . . Essential reading for any admirer of contemporary literature." —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Through the diverse range of voices represented, the book affords a window into the minds and the writing processes of some of the world's best practitioners of poetry and prose." —Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

"Significant . . . [an] unusual and very engaging collection." —Kirkus Reviews

BOMB gives us conversation distilled into dream conversation, talk that transcends talk, thought that digs beneath transient impressions to get at the essence, the meaning, the purpose, the experience of the writing process. There is something to be remembered and learned from every one of the conversations gathered here. Read them for pleasure, for entertainment, for insight, and for clues to the mystery—to the hard labor and the profound satisfactions—of what writers do.” —Francine Prose, from her introduction


About The Author

BOMB Magazine, a breakout publication born of the early eighties New York's downtown art scene, offers intimate and outspoken artist-to-artist conversations. For thirty-two years, BOMB has kept an eager readership informed of and engaged with the most important innovators in art, literature, music, theater, and film. BOMB offers a quarterly magazine and website with a searchable online archive of over twelve hundred interviews, eight hundred essays, podcasts, videos, and daily blog posts.

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