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Intelligent Humor

“Donald Trump feeds on flattery like a ravenous lynx!”  Says, professor Deborah Parker. She and Mark Parker are the authors of a timely new book, Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy. In the age of Trump, a Suck-up a Brownnoser, a Bootlicker or perhaps a Lickspittle maybe a Toadeater are all adequate descriptions of people surrounding the President, but a Sycophant does the job so much better. From Dickens’ Uriah Heap to Kellyanne Conway, the Parkers trace the history of Sycophants in their engaging book, full of intelligent humor: “Sycophant: the word rolls delightfully off the tongue. One’s lips purse and expand. The s sound, the friction of the breath in a narrow opening, provides a hissing contempt.” Says, Mark Parker.

Intelligent humor is skillfully permeating throughout Amy Dickinson’s new book, Strangers Tend To Tell Me Things: A Memoir Of Love, Loss, & Coming Home. Her advice column is read daily by millions, but when one of her unusually sardonic responses went viral, Amy was truly surprised. She uses the example of the much-discussed dialogue on a parent’s distress over their son’s homosexuality to explain how she wants to be herself with her column. And, being herself, is the rāzôn ˈdetre of her new book.

Also in the show, a musical interlude from Marcus Fowler and Jamie Mac who perform under the moniker, Majik. They say this about their music, “We create music that weaves heartfelt lyrics over atmospheric sounds and broken beats, giving flight to the deepest thoughts we discover through feeling.” Make sure you let us know what you think of Majik’s music and all of Life Elsewhere’s programming. 

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The last Saturday in April is Independent Bookstore Day. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. Take a look at the photo above, it shows just a small selection of wonderful books we have talked about at Life Elsewhere. If you overlooked any of them. we encourage you to pop into your local independent bookstore and search them out. While you are there, help us a little and mention you heard about the book on Life Elsewhere.
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A Bonkers Climate, Weird Politics & An Honest Memoir

“Never before in the history of the human species has climate set so many spine-chilling new records as last year, 2016.” The opening line from the latest commentary in Counterpunch by Robert Hunziker. The environmental journalist and frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere goes on to liken the Trump administration’s behavior and policies to America’s 19th century frontier mentality, which helped to shape democracy in the first place, has come back to overturn democracy and dictate climatic upheaval and destruction with its concomitant sharp turn away from democratic spirits in favor of a return to Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, circa 1881. Robert Hunziker returns to Life Elsewhere to once again to urge us to take very serious note of Record Setting Climate Going Bonkers.

From Lawmaker To Lawbreaker could be the alternate title of Trey Radel’s tell-all book, Democrazy: A True Story Of Weird Politics, Money, Madness, & Finger Food. The former Republican congressman, once a rising star of the GOP, resigned after being convicted of buying cocaine. “You may wonder how a sitting U.S. Congressman, husband, and father, ended up on the wrong side of a cocaine bust?” Radel writes. Make sure you don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere to hear Trey Radel unravel his true, weird story of politics, money madness and yes, finger food.

Her advice column is read daily by millions, but Amy Dickinson truly was surprised when one of her unusually sardonic responses went viral. Amy uses the example of the much-discussed dialogue on a parent’s distress over their son’s homosexuality to explain how she wants to be herself with her column. And, being herself, is the rāzôn ˈdetre of her new book, Strangers Tend to Tell me Things: A Memoir Of Love, Loss, & Coming Home. Her writing is touching and honest and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Amy poignantly recounts serious moments: “Immediately after my mother’s death, my primary feeling was one of relief.” And, the lighter topics with equal dexterity: “Women of a certain age divide our definition of handsome men into two categories: Ed Harris or Sam Shepard.” Amy Dickinson chats with Norman B in the next edition Life Elsewhere.

STOP PRESS! As we were wrapping this edition of Life Elsewhere, we received the new single, Like I Used To. by the brilliant Oslo-based musician, Siv Jakobsen. With literally almost no time left to spare, we managed to squeeze in Siv’s emotively tender song. Make sure you do not miss Siv Jakobsen’s first release from her forthcoming album.

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