About Us

We are an on-line magazine that publishes a wide range of album, concert, book, and movie reviews, interviews, features, and resource links. We began in December 1996 and our monthly readership now numbers over thirty thousand.

Our staff of over 100 writers is committed to reviewing quality music in a timely and professional manner. We're always looking for the best in mainstream and underground music. We jealously guard our reputation for journalistic integrity. While many artist web sites and several on-line music stores link to our reviews, we do not sell ads, assuring the neutrality of our work.

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We do not review individual songs only complete albums.


The views expressed by contributors are solely the opinions of the contributors and do not necessarily express those of The Phantom Tollbooth, its management, editors, other contributors, or publishers.



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Managing Editor

Shari Lloyd

Associate Editors

Linda  LaFianza

Olin Jenkins

Larry Stephan

Contributing Writers

Dean Arnold

Marie Asner

Chris Barlow

Justin Carlton

Anthony Castellitto

Mike Cooper

Trish Cooper

Matt Crosslin

Michael Dalton

Shawn Dickinson

Adam Duckworth

Jeff Elbel

Bert Gangl

Randy Jackson

Olin Jenkins

Gary Dean Kersey

Linda LaFianza

Tony LaFianza

Shannon Lewis

Shari Lloyd

Chris MacIntosh

Scott Mertens

Matt Mungle

Barry Nothstine

Jamie Rake

Frank Raseberger

Steve Ruff

Bert Saraco

Gar Saeger

Noah Salo

Dan Singleton

Brian A. Smith

Brad Snyder

Haydon Spenceley

Larry Stephan

Bruce L. Thiessen, Ph.D.

Jason Todd

        Derek Walker

        Jim Wormington


We are indebted to author Norton Juster for our name, The Phantom Tollbooth.



"Expectations is the place you must always go to before you get to where you're going. Of course, some people never go beyond Expectations..."

"...for one of the nicest things about mathematics, or anything else you might care to learn, is that many of the things which can never be, often are. You see it's very much like your trying to reach Infinity. You know that it's there, but you just don't know where-but just because you can never reach it doesn't mean that it's not worth looking for."
(Quotes from the original The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster)

In 2012,  The Phantom Tollbooth is celebrating the 50th anniversary of our publication's namesake.

This article is a nice, in-depth piece about Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, how they met, how they collaborated, their friendship and upcoming versions of TPT, http://www.gazettenet.com/http://www.gazettenet.com/2011/10/27/a-fabled-friendship