The Buzzing New York newspaperman Roscoe Baragon, flabby, middle-aged, with a penchant for Japanese monster movies, has stumbled across the story of the century. Maybe. It involves… The Buzzing New York newspaperman Roscoe Baragon, flabby, middle-aged, with a penchant for Japanese monster movies, has stumbled across the story of the century. Maybe. It involves… 2003-03-11 Fiction
Book Review

THE BUZZING (2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 11, 2003; Writer: Jim Knipfel; Genre: Fiction

New York newspaperman Roscoe Baragon, flabby, middle-aged, with a penchant for Japanese monster movies, has stumbled across the story of the century. Maybe. It involves togas, radioactive bodies, weird whales, and NASA's BioLab, which has plunged into the ocean and may have mutant life on board. Knipfel's debut novel jangles with the same tart prose that made his 1999 memoir Slackjaw a must-read, but his cleverly constructed conspiracy ultimately disappoints. Fortunately, the myriad neo-noir supporting characters -- a Russian madwoman; a beautiful, Coney Island-loving pathologist; an obsessive German pastry chef -- make freakily enjoyable diversions.

Originally posted Mar 28, 2003 Published in issue #702 Mar 28, 2003 Order article reprints