In spite of all the morose grumbling that 2016 was one horrible year, on reflection, there was a respite, 2016 was a splendid year for books. Some were good, others were very good and a few were brilliant, one of those brilliant books is A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles. At almost five hundred pages, this hefty book is captivating from page one. Set in 1922 Moscow, a Bolshevik tribunal has ordered Count Alexander Rostov, an unrepentant aristocrat to spend the rest of his life inside the grand Metropole hotel, across the street from the Kremlin. Towles serves up an intriguing tale with delicious detail, wit, and uncompromising style. He cleverly weaves intricate facts with believable scenarios conjured up from his vivid imagination. Another excellent book from 2016, that may have eluded most best-of lists is, What The Dickens?! Distinctly Dickensian Words And How To Use Them by Bryan Kozlowski. But, as 2017 get’s under way with unprecedented antics by the President-elect, Kozlowski’s book may turn out to be the perfect source for words that best describe those antics. For example: Trumpery! Amor Towles and Bryan Kozlowski join Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere. Plus, an impressive track by Portland-based, The Prids, from Friends For Equality, a wonderful compilation that was created in response to the Presidential election results.
The latest volume of Life Elsewhere Music features an interview with musicians Nancy Kells and Erik Schroeder on the brilliant Friends For Equality compilation. With selected tracks from Hand Habits, John Andrews & The Yawns, Jonathon Hicks, Bloodhype, Henoheno, The Prids, Feral Conservatives, Francie Cool, Goff-Schroeder, Good Good Blood and Spartan Jet-Plex
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