Joan Baum

It’s been suggested that Christopher Bollen called his new novel “Orient” not only because it’s set in the easternmost North Fork hamlet of Long Island but also because it’s about orientation, the way people look at life, and themselves. Orient is not the Hamptons, but it could be if city folk keep coming out in increasing numbers and buying up shorefront property and farmland.

Book Review: The Illusion of Separateness

Mar 26, 2015

A new short story collection called The Illusion of Separateness taps into an old belief that humankind is one. Book critic Joan Baum has this review:

Book Review: All The Truth Is Out

Mar 12, 2015

The presidential aspirations of former U.S. Senator Gary Hart of Colorado were destroyed by a sex scandal back in 1987.  But Author Matt Bai says that wasn’t the only casualty.  Bai is a former chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine and a native of Trumbull, Connecticut.   In his new book he says the Gary Hart sex scandal led to the decline of journalistic ethics and the rise of tabloid reporting.   Book critic Joan Baum has this review.

Book Review: Jackson Pollock

Mar 2, 2015

Time Magazine once called painter Jackson Pollock “Jack the Dripper.” The name describes Pollock’s well known style of paint-flinging and pour-it-out-of-the-can art.

In the mid-20th century, Pollock was criticized for his vision. Book critic Joan Baum says a new book about Pollock puts the artist and his work in proper perspective.

Book Review: The Zone Of Interest

Jan 27, 2015

Book critic Joan Baum has this review of a novel set in a concentration camp understood as Auschwitz, the Nazis' most notorious death camp.