On a blissfully temperate evening in Brooklyn, some two-hundred of the city’s cultural inquisitors and passerby gathered, squat and lagered it up in Dumbo’s Powerhouse Arena for Bomb Magazine’s summer launch party.
The masthead team kept it ultra short and sweet with poetry by Nicholas Elliott (born in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, which is fun to say out loud); a novel excerpt by the English writer, Simon Van Booy; an homage to the Q train by the poet Sarah V. Schweig, and Jimmy Buffett covers by the Obie-winning actor Scott Shepherd and the playwright/director, Richard Maxwell.
Highlights included Elliott’s “Letter to a Christian Friend” (Do you own a Kindle? Would you download the bible?); Van Booy’s outfit (think cruise director meets Nick Carraway meets Clark Gable’s hair); Scott Shepherds off-key singing but prowess on the ukulele, and the best-dressed audience in town.
In keeping with Bomb’s multipronged approach to culture and arts, the ladies wore a kinetic mix of Peruvian textiles, woven basket sandals and floral, full-length sheaths. The gentlemen kept it Brooklyn-minimal in slim shorts and statement eyewear, with not one ironic T-shirt to be found. Managing editor Sabine Russ charmed with her lilting Indo-Euro accent, and the arena was filled with attentive fans of not just literature, arts and music, but life. Life!