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The BOMB Gala & After-Party & Pancake Breakfast

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If you’re the kind of person who likes to hobnob with artists and actors, who likes to bid on contemporary art, and who has a fair bit of discretionary income, then come out to the BOMB Gala on Friday. It’s the only place in town where you can get a Wade Guyton print and take a selfie with Wallace Shawn.

Of course not everyone can make the Gala. For the rest of us, there’s the first official After-Party. (Maybe not the first. Paul Morris may have hosted one back in the day.) We have everything a proper after-party needs:

  1. Free champagne
  2. Tiki decor
  3. DJs playing 100% vinyl. And what DJs! We have Damian Manire, Lanny Jordan Jackson, & Jessi Olsen.
  4. Confetti cannons
  5. Cheap drinks
  6. Bathroom mural of the Wu-Tang Clan

The whole thing is hosted by Cy Gavin, Lindsay Howard, Mieke Chew, & Andrew Durbin, in a secret space under Tropical 128 in the LES (map). Tickets are only $10, with the catch that you have to pay in advance. So get a ticket, put on your best outfit, and we’ll see you Friday night.

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For the true believers who make it to 4am, maybe an IHOP run?

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BOMB’s Winter Party!

First, watch Touching the Art.

Amazing, right? Good news! Casey Jane Ellison is hosting BOMB’s big end-of-the-year blowout. And! Magik Markers is playing. Oh man. When “Body Rot“first appeared I had it on repeat for six months.

Putting this together has been the best part of my job lately. I’m so damn excited. The full details:

BOMB’s Winter Party
Friday, December 18
Pioneer Works
Hosted by Casey Jane Ellison
Music by Magik Markers
DJs Chances with Wolves
Cocktail Hour Hosts Jem Cohen, Lynne Tillman, Ben Lerner, & David Grubbs
Videos by Kalup Linzy & Handbag Dynasty

 

Get a ticket! It comes with plenty of free drinks. And since the party’s a fundraiser to pay our writers and artists, the whole thing’s tax-deductible. Make your imaginary accountant proud.

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A Weekend of Books & Art & Panels & Readings & Hangovers

Photo courtesy BJ Enright Photography.

Photo courtesy BJ Enright Photography.

It’s the NY Art Book Fair and the Brooklyn Book Festival this weekend, which means no sleep for Ryan. I’ll be at the BOMB table for both, so come say hello and tell me your best Dad joke.

Need a primer on managing the many, many panels? I recommend the following.

NYABF

BKBF

  • 10:00am On the Job: Fiction at Work” with Otessa Moshfegh, Helen Phillips, and James Hannaham, moderated by DW Gibson
  • 1:00pm Darkness and Light” with László Krasznahorkai, Andrés Neuman, and Naja Marie Aidt
  • 2:00pmRedrawing Boundaries” with Geoff Dyer, Francine Prose, and Eduardo Halfon, moderated by me (!)
  • 2:00pmNew Poetry” with Eileen Myles, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Saeed Jones, and Wendy Xu, moderated by Mary Gannon
  • 4:00pm The New Latin American Literature” with Valeria Luiselli, Alejandro Zambra, Guadalupe Nettel, Yuri Herrera, and Andrés Neuman, moderated by Daniel Alarcón
  • 5:00pmScams and Swindles” with Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Pierre Lemaître, and Kettly Mars, moderated by Tom Roberge

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The Small Press Flea

Luis Camnitzer, from "The Book of Holes,"

Luis Camnitzer, from “The Book of Holes,” 1977. Photo by Peter Schälchli, Zurich.

Last year’s small get-together has ballooned into a giant literary conflagration. (2,400 Facebook RSVPs!) Come on by, grab a few books, and cadge a drink from one of the many discreet hip flasks.

THE SMALL PRESS FLEA
Presented by BOMB and The Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday, August 1, 10:00am – 4:00pm ET
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Featuring:
A PUBLIC SPACE
ARCHIPELAGO BOOKS
ARGOS BOOKS
BELLADONNA*
BIRDS, LLC
BLACK SUN LIT / VESTIGES
BOMB
CALAMARI PRESS
CIVIL COPING MECHANISMS
DOUBLECROSS PRESS
FUTUREPOEM
GUILLOTINE
INPATIENT PRESS
THE LITERARY REVIEW
LITMUS PRESS
LUMINA
MONK BOOKS
NEW DIRECTIONS
NYRB CLASSICS
ONE STORY
OTHER PRESS
RED DUST
RESTLESS BOOKS
SARABANDE BOOKS
SEVEN STORIES
SONG CAVE
THE NEW INQUIRY
TRIPLE CANOPY
UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE
VERSO BOOKS
WONDER BOOKS

And a big thanks to the good folks at the National Book Foundation for acting as our media sponsor!

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A Few Favorites from 2014

karl_ove_knausgaardI’m a sucker for “Best of” lists, and count The Millions‘ Year in Reading among my favorite annual features. (I wish I could say the same for Pitchfork, whose writing has fallen off a cliff this year.)

I shared some of my favorite books and records with BOMB and B&N Review. Here’s what I wrote.

My favorite reading experience in 2014 was Roth Unbound by Claudia Roth Pierpont. This survey of Philip Roth was my sole companion during a week in upstate New York, and the physical idyll was quickly superseded by Pierpont’s literary one. Ever finish a book and wish it were an entire series?

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The books and albums I enjoyed most in 2014 reflect my growing interest in the impostor syndrome of adulthood. You know the feeling: The wind of youth at your back has softened to an anxious nip. But not to worry! You’ve somehow amassed an impressive collection of cardigans to warm up with.

Speaking of the cold (and awkwardly extended metaphors), Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle Vol. 1 upheld the communion between writer and reader like few novels can, which I suppose makes it grade-A literature.

Cyrille Martinez’s The Sleepworker and Robert A. Caro’s The Power Broker are both great New York books, but different in every way. Sleepworker is a satirical novella-in-translation about the art world, and a left-field love letter to Andy Warhol and John Giorno. Its first page is also flat-out brilliant. The Power Broker, currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, doesn’t need much introduction. I’ll add that after reading it in March I now see Robert Moses everywhere like some jowly bureaucratic ghost.

As for music, four albums stand out. Joyce Manor’s Never Hungover Again, a paean to late adolescence, doubles down on nostalgia for friendships that are barely over. On the other side of the coin, Perfect Pussy’s Say Yes to Love investigates whether nostalgia is even possible. (Welcome to your twenties.) Alvvays’ debut record is pure sunny shoegaze about marriage and drinking too much. And finally Spoon, the cool older brothers of indie rock, released They Want My Soul, embracing weirdness over dolefulness and romance over despair. Not a bad way to go.

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And why not, here’s a Spotify playlist of those records and a few other favorites:

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Mark Your Calendars

I met my fiancée at a BOMB magazine after-party. (Thanks Paul!) So naturally my expectations are high for my own first fête at BOMB. I want this one to be a memorable blowout with equal parts high culture, loosened tongues, and low wit. Fortunately it’s a killer lineup:

BOMB 129 Issue Launch

Claudia Rankine, whose book Citizen is so mind-blowing it’s been longlisted for a National Book Award in Poetry, even though it could have just as easily been classified as Nonfiction. Her interview with Lauren Berlant‘s been among the most popular from BOMB’s Fall issue.

Frederic Tuten, whose story “Winter, 1965” hits incredibly close to home for every young writer in New York.

James Hoff & Eli Keszler. They’re going to play music, and if their interview is any indication, it’s going to be epic. We’ll provide earplugs.

Plus free drinks courtesy of Sixpoint! It’s going to be a great night. Hope to see you there.

BOMB 129 Issue Launch
Wednesday Oct. 15th 7pm
Powerhouse Arena, Dumbo 

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Things to Do in September

September is rife with great arts programming. A few highlights:

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