Matthew Budman

I'm a freelance writer and editor, mostly on business and social issues, and author of Book Collecting Now: The Value of Print in a Digital Age. I've spent my life immersed in words, and it's great to have a place to put many of them. Here are most of my post-college bylined articles, organized loosely by category, including a section with entire issues of The Conference Board Review, which I edited for six years.

During my college years, my wonderful but overindulgent editors at the Chico News & Review not only published my feature stories—they let me serve as the town's chief theater reviewer. Fifty shows in a year and a half. Not a good idea for anyone. And then I got to review albums and write about music, which was awesome.

Big Green: "Little Shop of Horrors" Gobbles Up Chico State

The leafy green likes of "Little Shop of Horrors," Chico State's spring musical, have not been seen here before. Running through Sunday in Laxson Auditorium, the show should amuse and horrify—but by no means will it disappoint. The play has gone through a strange evolution. Originally a 1960 Roger Corman movie noted for a unique blend of hysterical comedy and campy horror as well as for having been filmed in two days, "Little Shop" was transformed into a Broadway musical in the mid-1980s and was made into a hit 1986 film starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene.

Juliana Hatfield Labors Over More 'Mature' Work

Rock songstress Juliana Hatfield is apparently not in any rush to get her music out. It's been about two years since fans last heard from her. And there's no sign that she is nearing completion of her latest work anytime soon. But when the sweet-voiced alterna-rocker finally does emerge from the studio -- whenever that may be -- Hatfield said she expects to have a few surprises for her fans, namely a more mature collection of songs with more sophisticated production.
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