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News and Reviews 

Book Riot included And the People Stayed Home in a round-up of six of the best new books about Covid-19 and called it “a lovely, thoughtful poem about the pandemic with a focus on hope and optimism.” It is in great company, alongside books by Zadie Smith, Bill Hayes, and compilations edited by Alice Quinn and Ilan Stavans.  (September 9, 2020)

Huffington Post included And the People Stayed Home in a round-up of children’s books with a Covid-19 theme, noting: “It’s hard enough for adults to wrap their heads around the COVID-19 pandemic, so needless to say, kids face even more challenges.” (September 3, 2020)

Elena Nicolaou, culture editor at O, The Oprah Magazine (online), wrote about Kitty O’Meara’s poem when it first went viral. Months later, she followed up with O’Meara for the feature article “The Most Famous Poem of the Pandemic is Becoming a Picture Book For Readers of All Ages.” (September 1, 2020)

Kirkus Reviews published a positive review: “Images of nature healing show the author’s vision of hope for the future…The accessible prose and beautiful images make this a natural selection for young readers, but older ones may appreciate the work’s deeper meaning.” (September 2020)

Blitz ran a glowing review of Rita Blitt: Around and Round. Sam Ben-Meir wrote: "If Blitt’s work is about anything then it is about the exuberance, the joy, the sometimes almost mad ecstasy of creative spontaneity. Much of her work is suffused with a kind of wild and kinetic extemporaneity, which seems to resound with a forceful but unforced 'Yes!' – a Yes to life, a Yes to the world..." (August 27, 2020)

The Milwaukee PBS station aired a wonderful interview with Kitty O’Meara on its program 10ThirtySix. The interview was conducted by Bohdan Zachary, vice president and general manager of the station, who noted the poem’s “beautiful, haunting words [that] have touched people around the world.” (August 6, 2020)

In the Balance (podcast) featured an in-depth discussion between Kitty O’Meara and the podcast’s host, psychotherapist Susan Lambert, who said, “Kitty O’Meara’s pandemic poem is a story for all ages about living in a challenging and troubling world—awake and full of hope—with an awareness of our own resilience.” (August 2, 2020)

Publishers Weekly Children’s Bookshelf’s Alex Green interviewed Kitty O’Meara and ran a feature article about the forthcoming book and the lead-up to it, “Coronavirus Poem Goes from Facebook Post to Picture Book.” O’Meara told PW: “The theme of my career has been, name your gifts and use them in the world by making a difference. Start by making that difference in your being.” PW also posted the article on its homepage and included it in PWDaily. (July 28, 2020)

The Children’s Book Review wrote that And the People Stayed Home is “A stunning and peaceful offering of introspection and hope…a pandemic must-have!” (July 20, 2020)

To the Best of Our Knowledge, the public radio show, interviewed O’Meara for the show. “That is so beautiful,” interviewer Anne Strainchamps said after Kitty read the poem on the air. The program also posted an article about the poem, stating, “One of the most popular pandemic poems to date was authored by Kitty O'Meara…the emotion she shared resonated through a prism of social media remixes...”(April 4, 2020)

O, The Oprah Magazine (online) called Kitty O’Meara “the poet laureate of the pandemic” in its article “Kitty O’Meara, Author of ‘And the People Stayed Home,’ Opens Up About Writing that Viral Poem.” Elena Nicolaou wrote that “The poem has become shorthand for a silver-linings perspective during the coronavirus outbreak—the hope that something good can come out of this collective state of ‘together, apart.’ ” (March 19, 2020)

Front Lines: A Wolfsonian Blog published a piece on Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains by the book's co-editor, Andrea Gollin. The piece, "Why do bad guys live in good houses?" introduces the book and reprints the interview that Gollin conducted with Mark Digby,  Ex Machina's production designer. (June 18, 2020)

The Architect's Newspaper published a great piece on Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains by Shane Reiner-Roth. Titled "Lair Puts a Spotlight on the Homes of Famous Movie Villains," the article opens with the words, "Bad people don’t always have good taste, but when they do, their homes are the stuff of architecture history." (January 13, 2020) 

Archinect News ran a contest to give away copies of Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains. The publication called the book an "entertaining dive into the designs of villainous hideouts." (January 9, 2020)

CNN Style covered Lair, discussing both the book and the NYC panel discussion in an insightful article by Jacqui Palumbo titled "Why Movie Villains Love Modern Architecture." She wrote: "Villains represent our worst inclinations with grandiose, destructive visions. They utilize their hideouts to retreat from humanity, taking refuge in immaculate spaces, their complicated defense systems, and the privacy of secret chambers or a far-flung volcanic crater lake. But their desires are ultimately very human."
(December 24, 2019)

Forces of Geek included Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains in its 2019 Holiday Gift Guide. (December 20, 2019)

Bond Lifestyle ran a giveaway contest for copies of Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains, calling it an "impressive book," which we are interpreting as an official seal of approval. (n.d.)

The ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) included Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains in its Architecture Holiday Gift Guide. (December 19, 2019)

Chaos Group interviewed Carlos Fueyo of playard studios, the illustrator for Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains, for a piece on the making of the book's remarkable architectural illustrations and renderings. The article, "Movie Villain Lairs in Real-Time with V-Ray for Unreal," focuses on the technical aspects of creating the illustrations as well as Fueyo's conceptual process. As he explains: "I watched each film a multitude of times, collected frames, sequences, behind-the-scenes photographs, sketches — anything that would help me get a better idea of the spaces. I deconstructed every scene and followed the characters as they moved through the sets, in hopes that a single frame would give me that extra piece of information." (December 13, 2019)

The Hollywood Reporter included Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains in its holiday gift guy, commenting that it is a "handsome tome" and a "strikingly designed book" that would be right at home in the villains' lairs. (December 6, 2020)

Boomers Daily reviewed Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains and included the video of the book's trailer in its generous coverage of the book. (December 3, 2019)

Architect Magazine ran a thought-provoking review of Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains by Aaron Betsky. In "The Villain's Lair: Modernism in the Movies," he wrote that Lair points out that "movies shape our sense of what is possible in architecture as much as the canon, and that bad guys not only often get the best lines, they also get the best lairs. That, in turn, is because evil in movies—as opposed to real life—is easy to recognize. In the interviews Oppenheim includes in the book, designers talk about making their antiheroes’ traits visible in space." (December 2, 2019) 

James Bond Radio conducted an in-depth interview with Chad Oppenheim about Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains and called the book "stunning" and the perfect gift for any Bond fan. "Thanks to the handcrafted care and unsurpassed attention to detail...Lair is destined to become a much sought-after collector’s item. To put it even more succinctly, it’s the kind of book that would look right at home on Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s translucent coffee table next to his collapsible bridge and shimmering piranha pool," wrote Matthew Chernov in "Exploring the Secrets of Bond Villain Architecture with Lair Author Chad Oppenheim." (December 2, 2019 and repromoted January 7, 2020)

Flavorwire included Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains in its Holiday Gift Guide. Writer Jason Bailey noted that Lair is a gift that can appeal to "that especially hard-to-shop-for friend, relative, or significant other, you know the one, the one who’s super into movies and books and music and seems especially hard to shop for because it feels like they have every damn thing." (November 27, 2019)

Architecture Admirers called Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains a "visually and critically compelling work" in its thoughtful review of the book. (n.d.) 

Texarkana Gazette recommended Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains in its round-up "Movie Fans Will Love These Gifts." (November 27, 2019)

Aspire Design and Home featured Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains in the BookNook section of its print edition. (Winter 2019-20)

Buzzfeed included Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains on its list (at #10) of "36 Gifts Your Partner Won't Secretly Want to Return," praising the book as one that "any movie aficionado (or simply a purveyor of no-good) will love flipping through while cackling menacingly and wringing their hands." (November 24, 2019)

My Modern Met wrote that Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains "gives incredible insight into the world of filmmaking. It also clearly demonstrates the incredible impact of production design on popular culture and how these cinematic choices spill over into the real world as they inspire generations of architects" in its thoughtful article "Take a Look Inside the Architecture of inema's Most Infamous Villain Lairs" by Jessica Stewart. (November 24, 2019)

Film Daily conducted an in-depth interview with Chad Oppenheim, co-editor of Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains. The wide-ranging conversation explored topics related to Lair as well as Oppenheim's architectural practice and creative process. Read about it in "Step Into Architect Chad Oppenheim's 'Lair' with his Book on Villainous HQs." (November 22, 2019)

The New York Times included Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains in its section Design: A Special Report. Design columnist Eve M. Kahn wrote that Lair "dissects 15 fictional evildoers’ quarters from the 1950s to the present. Bad guys seem to feel most powerful and secure while burrowed into island caverns or perched on cliffs...anyone conniving against the likes of James Bond, Superman and Luke Skywalker also apparently hungers for coziness and normalcy; leather-bound books and potted plants are arranged alongside molten lava curtains and piranha ponds." (November 20, 2019)

The Roarbots Holiday Gift Guide singled out Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains as "perfect for the movie buff on your list, the genre movie fan, architect, or modern design nerd" and also as "probably the most unique book on this list." (November 19, 2019)

In Hunker's article "What's Up With Movie Villains Living in Amazing Homes?" Leonora Epstein interviewed Chad Oppenheim about Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains, and asked the ultimate question: "Architecturally speaking, how feasible would it be to build an evil headquarters inside a volcano?" (November 18, 2019)

The blog StupidDope described Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains as "an awesome addition to your coffeetable library." We agree! The article included several images from the book. (November 15, 2019)

Curbed wrote that Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains was "an intellectual look at the genre of architectural villainy" in Liz Stinson's article "Peek Inside the Lairs of Hollywood's Most Notorious Villains." (November 14, 2019)

Aspire Design and Home listed Oppenheim Architecture's Spirit of Place as one of its "Must-Reads." (November 13, 2019)

Designboom called Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains "a critically and visually compelling work" that uncovers "the spaces of megalomaniacs who want to rule the world from secret locations." Kat Barandy's article is accompanied by a generous selection of images from the book. (November 10, 2019)

Los Angeles Times wrote that Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains is "both an architect and movie fan's dream" in its piece "Movie Fans Will Love These Gifts" by Kenneth Turan and Geoff Berkshire. (November 8, 2019)

Shelf Awareness deemed Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains an "arresting compendium" and a "magnificent exploration of movie villain hideaways." It continued: "for the movie buff and design afficianado, Lair offers an unforgettable tour of top-secret retreats of exceptional taste." (November 5, 2019)

Shelf Awareness chose Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains as its book trailer of the day. Many thanks to Carlos Fueyo of playard studios for an amazing book trailer! (November 5, 2019)

Architectural Digest wrote that "The hideouts of cinema’s famous villains have become the most memorable sets in Hollywood’s history" in Elizabeth Stamp's comprehensive review of Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains, which reviews nine of the fifteen films featured in the book. (November 4, 2019)

SyFy's article "Live Like a Big Bad In Exclusive Look at Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains" by Ernie Estrella was accompanied by an extensive selection of images. Estrella highly recommended the book, offering this sage advice: "whether you're looking for a fascinating gift for that highbrow nerd in your life or just need to know the intricacies of Lex Luthor's Grand Central Terminal hideout in Superman IVLair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains promises to deepen your knowledge of genre movies and help you transition to far more intelligent conversations inspired by popular culture." (November 4, 2019)

Core77 pointed out that "no one wants to see a criminal mastermind operating out of a split-level ranch" in its article on Lair by Rain Noe, "Lair Book Documents Supervillains' Great Taste in Architecture." Noe wrote, "Judging by their lairs, most movie supervillains do their undergrad in Architecture before getting a Masters in Megalomania," and imagined a series a deleted scenes from the movies, such as Darth Vader struggling to find a good concrete contractor. (November 1, 2019)

ComicBook.com featured images of Lex Luthor's subterranean lair in its article "Check Out This Exclusive First Look at Lex Luthor's Subterranean Lair From An Upcoming Art and Architecture Book" by Russ Burlingame. (October 31, 2019)

Metropolis called Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains "a long overdue interrogation of the architecture of movie villainy" in its in-depth article discussing the book and covering the New York City launch/panel discussion, in which several film critics and authors joined co-editor Chad Oppenheim in a conversation about the book and its themes. "From Bauhaus to Bunkers: The Aspirational Architecture of Hollywood Villainy" by Dante A. Ciampaglia includes a slide show of images from both the book and the panel discussion. (October 18, 2019)

ScreenRant delved into the origins of the Star Wars look and feel with a close reading of Tra Publishing's interview with Roger Christian, the film's set decorator, in Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains. As  Andrew Dyce writes in the article "Star Wars Set Decorator Reveals Design Inspiration of the Empire,"  the aesthetic "wouldn't be as memorable if it wasn't also...beautiful." (October 17, 2019)

Dwell took a close look at seven of the villains' homes in Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains and proclaimed that "world domination never looked so good. Its piece by Duncan Nielsen, titled "7 Supervillain Lairs Set in Deviously Well-Designed Homes" celebrates what it calls the "glorious pantheon of celluloid villains' lairs." (October 9, 2019)

OfficeInsight published what amounts to a love letter to Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains. Stephen Witte's comprehensive and thoughtful 2,000+-word piece, "Volcanos, Spaceships and Los Angeles: The Places Evil Calls Home" is a great introduction to the book from someone who truly appreciates it—and we at Tra Publishing appreciate him! (October 7, 2019)

Publishers' Weekly featured Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains in its Holiday Gift Guide, in its Hollywood category. We agree...Lair is a great holiday gift! (October 4, 2019)

designboom discussed Oppenheim Architecture's project illa bimini resort and residences, part of which is featured in Spirit of Place. The article, "This Holistic, Beachfront Retreat in the Bahamas is Designed for Guests to Disconnect," singled out the "120 stunning photographs cataloging seven of the firm’s projects." (October 2, 2019)

Home Stratosphere wrote that Spirit of Places is "an incredible book" in its article "House on a Dune by Oppenheim Architecture." (n.d)

Worth reviewed Oppenheim Architecture's Spirit of Place and cited the "rigorous yet luxurious aesthetic" in its article "Architect Chad Oppenheim's 5 Most Striking Projects." (July 16, 2019) 

A Daily Dose of Architecture took a close look at Oppenheim Architecture's Spirit of Place. "What comes across is the mood of the house and the way it interacts with its surroundings," the blog reported. (June 2019)

Gessato called Oppenheim Architecture's Spirit of Place "a must-have photo book for architecture lovers" in its image-heavy review. (June 17, 2019)

A & U (America's AIDS Magazine) produced an in-depth piece on Heroes: A Tribute by artist Doug Meyer. In the article, writer Hank Trout discussed several of Meyer's three-dimensional portaits and wrote, "My favorite among these abstract portraits...is Meyer’s homage to choreographer Alvin Ailey...Meyer used vintage wood blocks, silver tape, and paper to create sculptures that convey dancers in motion." (July 9, 2019). 

The San Francisco Chronicle's Datebook interviewed artist Doug Meyer and produced an insightful article on the making of Heroes: A Tribute. Writer Brandon Yu discussed the traumatic early days of the AIDS epidemic with Meyer. (June 25, 2019)

Architectural Digest's coverage of Heroes: A Tribute included interviewing Doug Meyer about several of the individuals portrayed in the book. Of Frank Israel, he said, "I met Frank Israel in high schook, when I wanted to be an architect. The first time I saw his work, I thought it was so out-there and revolutionary...He was only 50 when he died; he had so much more to do." (June 24, 2019)

Natalie from the podcast The Art History Babes interviewed Doug Meyer about his book Heroes: A Tribute. Check out episode 128! (June 24, 2019)

The Courier Journal (Louisville) ran a profile on artist Doug Meyer and included a large selection of images from his book Heroes: A Tribute. (June 1, 2019)

The Advocate published a book review on Heroes: A Tribute, and featured images of 10 of the individuals portrayed in the book by artist Doug Meyer's. (May 22, 2019)

Shelf Awareness published a piece on Tra's agreement with Simon & Schuster for worldwide sales and distribution. (April 12, 2019)

Island in the Light / Isla en la luz was featured prior to publication in a Miami Herald article featuring four top books about Miami. Writer Jane Wooldridge called the book "a treat." (December 18, 2018)

Locust Projects’ The Twentieth Anniversary Retrospective was featured in the Miami New Times, which stated that the book “documents the many thought-provoking, intense, and zany projects the organization has hosted.” (December 4, 2018)

Cultured Magazine ran a feature article on Island in the Light / Isla en la luz by The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation, noting that the book “captures the isolation, longing, and heartache embedded within Cuba’s complex history.” (November 30, 2018)

Oppenheim Architecture’s Spirit of Place was reviewed by The Big Bubble Miami, which stated that “Oppenheim’s works are like mirrors. They would disappear into the landscape if it were not for his use of long, straight lines that often makes the building stand out against it.” (July 20, 2018)

Spirit of Place was reviewed in The Real Deal, which described the firm’s work as “design that interacts seamlessly with the environment.” (July 18, 2018)

Heroes: A Tribute by Doug Meyer was included in POZ’s recommendation of summer books, which called it one of the books that “will shine through the whole season.” (June 26, 2018)

A demonstration at Cristina Lei Rodriguez’s outdoor studio to promote Act Natural was covered by World Red Eye. (June 18, 2018)

Heroes: A Tribute was reviewed in Elle Decor. (May 13, 2018)

Doug Meyer was interviewed about Heroes: A Tribute by The Jealous Curator, which called the book “so gorgeous, so powerful, so important.” (May 18, 2018)

Doug Meyer’s apartment was featured in The Cut as an article and as a video titled “Interior Lives:  This One-Bedroom Chelsea Apartment is a Portal to Deep Space” (a version of the article also appeared in New York Magazine on April 16, 2018). (April 19, 2018)

Doug Meyer was interviewed about Heroes: A Tribute for Luxe.daily. He discussed his creative approach to the portraits: “In certain cases, the faces are clear depictions; in others, I was not literal…but sought to portray the life and work symbolically. Regardless, I wanted to impart not just a physical essence but a sense of their creative contributions, of the important and indelible marks these heroes left.” (April 6, 2018)

Michele Oka Doner’s Intuitive Alphabet was discussed in an article in the Observer about her exhibition at Detroit’s Wasserman Projects. The reporter noted that “although the book could easily be for children, the artist believes it’s as much for adults who need to be reminded of their capacity for imagination and their intuitive understanding of the environment.” (February 15, 2018)

Michele Oka Doner was interviewed about Intuitive Alphabet by The Miami Rail. (December 11, 2017)

T, The New York Times Style Magazine reviewed the exhibition Heroes: A Tribute, from which the book developed. (May 30, 2016)