Crossings

Fiction: Crossings by Alex Landrigan

July 24, 2020 Tony Buchsbaum 0

Over the years, there have been a good number of books that delight with messing with your mind. Think: House of Blue Leaves. Think: The Dictionary of the Khazars. Think: Cloud Atlas. And now there’s Crossings, a new mind-bender from Alex Landragin. I love books like this, but — also — I’ve never read a book like this. It’s an intelligent tale, ingeniously told. It’s not so much a puzzle for the reader, but it […]

New CD from Dear Evan Hansen Actor

February 6, 2018 Tony Buchsbaum 0

  It’s possible you’ve never heard of Michael Lee Brown, but you’re about to—and I don’t mean just here. Michael appears on Broadway at least twice a week, and his first CD was released recently. It’s sure to be the first of many. Every Wednesday and Saturday, Brown plays Evan Hansen in the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, and he’s an alternate for Evan at other performances as well as for two other lead roles, […]

Fiction: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

January 19, 2018 Tony Buchsbaum 0

In Chloe Benjamin’s luminous new novel, The Immortalists (Putnam), four siblings, all children, seek out a woman who, they’ve heard, can tell each of them the day they will die. Not how, but when. A casual few words: a month, a day, and a year. They’re given a glimpse around a corner and then go on with their lives, not oblivious exactly, but not unaffected by the information either. The year is 1969. The nation […]

SF/F: Dark Matter  by Blake Crouch

July 22, 2016 Tony Buchsbaum 1

You’ve Never Read Anything Like Dark Matter. There. I said it. The new novel by Blake Crouch, is a terrifying, enthralling, lightning-fast, brilliant book. You have no idea how much I want to write about it. I want to tell you everything about it, but that would spoil everything, and that would be very, very bad. Because Dark Matter is the kind of book you want to know absolutely nothing about. Further, to get the […]

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Book Expo 2016: Day 2

May 13, 2016 Tony Buchsbaum 1

by Tony Buchsbaum Things got much more crowded — and much more musical — on day two of Book Expo 2016. There were stacks of books everywhere and more authors than you could easily count. There was an even a mini-concert: Kenny Loggins performed two songs in the Quarto booth to announce his debut children’s book, Footloose. I didn’t get look at the book, but Loggins was terrific. He sang a version of his big hit “Footloose” with […]

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Book Expo 2016: Day 1

May 12, 2016 Tony Buchsbaum 0

by Tony Buchsbaum I think of it as book publishing’s running of the bulls. Thousands of people — booksellers, assorted book professionals, and press — gather in quasi-defined lines, crowds really (okay, hordes), hearts aflutter, as the minutes count down to the opening of Book Expo, North America’s biggest book-publishing trade show. There’s a great anticipation as people crane to see beyond the barricades to the publishers’ booths, where all manner of books are stacked up and waiting […]

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Art & Culture: Holiday Bonding

December 21, 2015 Tony Buchsbaum 0

It’s inevitable, really. Every 007 movie brings forth new books about the Bond phenomenon. Some are updated versions of older books, some are new. But they appear as part of the vast Bond marketing machine that hasn’t stopped since the early 1960s. This fall’s release of Spectre, the 24th film in the series, saw its share. Here’s a look at three. The best by far is The James Bond Archives (Taschen). Created with the full cooperation […]

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Fiction: The Fall of Princes  and
Did You Ever Have a Family

September 21, 2015 Tony Buchsbaum 3

The word “decade” starts the word “decadence,” and while that’s only a twist of linguistic fate, at no time was that more apt a pairing of words than the 1980s, a period when excess was the way of the day, when too much was not only not enough but just the beginning. Further, in the 80s there was perhaps nowhere on earth that excess was more on garish display than on Wall Street and in […]

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Making Spaces: Two Prominent Architects Who Are the Same… and Very Different

August 18, 2015 Tony Buchsbaum 0

Frank Lloyd Wright designed houses and buildings from 1886 to 1959. Thomas Heatherwick established his design studio in London in 1984 and is still working. The two could not be more different, except in my mind there are key similarities. Both men changed the way we look at spaces and the buildings that occupy them. Both created eye-popping, imagination-inspiring structures that satisfy expectations and challenge limitations at the same time. Both worked with a singular vision that […]

Fiction: Written in the Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones

June 3, 2015 admin 0

 When I read The String Diaries earlier this year, I was simply amazed. I’d expected a thriller. What I didn’t expect was something as exceptionally well-written.  Stephen Lloyd Jones, a British marketing executive, has managed to create a tight, sometimes ultra-violent tale crafted with all the emotion and color of a heightened romance. And then I discovered Written in the Blood, the sequel. I started it with a certain apprehension. What I didn’t want was […]