Category Archives: Bryan Kozlowski

You Cannot Open A Book Without Learning Something*

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.
*Confucius wrote our headline.

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Brilliant Books & Impressive Music

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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.

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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 HabitsJohn Andrews & The YawnsJonathon HicksBloodhype, Henoheno, The Prids, Feral Conservatives, Francie Cool, Goff-SchroederGood Good Blood and Spartan Jet-Plex

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Trumpery: [TRUHM-puh-ree] Something of apparent value, but of little actual worth. From Middle French tromper, “to deceive”

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“Charles Dickens would have had a fine time with Mr. Trump.” Says Bryan Kozlowski, adding, “He liked larger than life people, Mr. Trump could easily be a character out of a Dickens’ novel!” Kozlowski, is a self-admitted bookworm, a Dickens devotee, and a member of the Dickens Fellowship. He has written many articles on the life and legacy of Charles Dickens, his latest book, What The Dickens?! Distinctly Dickensian Words And How To Use Them is a literary romp through the twisty alleyways of Victorian vernacular. Bryan skillfully follows the etymological trails of 200 words penned by Dickens. He digs deep into the canons of Dickens, finding unusual words and phrases and explains their origins, use and offers pithy commentary on words like Tintinnabulation, Gormed, Humbug, Swipey, Cag-maggers, Spanker and of course Trumpery. Don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere when Bryan Kozlowski joins Norman B to discuss What The Dickens?! 

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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 HabitsJohn Andrews & The YawnsJonathon HicksBloodhype, Henoheno, The Prids, Feral Conservatives, Francie Cool, Goff-SchroederGood Good Blood and Spartan Jet-Plex

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
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You can hear all the volumes of Life Elsewhere Music over at Mixcloud

A Female Demagogue?

Dr. Jennifer Mercieca

In the last edition of Life Elsewhere we talked about the then-upcoming first Presidential debate with our guests, comedian, and writer, Dave Hill and Dr. Jennifer Mercieca, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A & M University. A week has passed and the debate has come and gone, but the fallout from it may continue well past the election on November 8. With record-breaking viewers, the match-up between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump was seen by many as more of a World Wrestling spectacle than a political debate. Mr. Trump, the controversial GOP candidate validated Dr. Mercieca’s premise that, “A rich billionaire, a fractured media, a polarized electorate, and a weak party system result in conditions ripe for demagoguery.” Since the debate, Mr. Trump has doubled-down on his well-documented sexist behavior, media chatter has continued at a feverish rate and a number of major newspapers have broken tradition by not endorsing a Republican. We too at Life Elsewhere have spent the last few days slicing and dicing the respective debate performances and the festering aftermath. Then, Norman B came up with this question, “Could we consider a woman a demagogue?” To find out, we invited back to Life ElsewhereDr. Jennifer Mercieca, Make sure you don’t miss our next edition, you may be surprised to learn what Dr. Jennifer, has to say about the possibility of a Female Demagogue…and the debate. Read more

Trumpery*

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“Charles Dickens would have had a fine time with Mr. Trump.” Says Bryan Kozlowski, adding, “He liked larger than life people, Mr. Trump could easily be a character out of a Dickens’ novel!” Kozlowski, is a self-admitted bookworm, a Dickens devotee, and a member of the Dickens Fellowship.He has written many articles on the life and legacy of Charles Dickens, his latest book, What The Dickens?! Distinctly Dickensian Words And How To Use Them is a literary romp through the twisty alleyways of Victorian vernacular. Bryan skillfully follows the etymological trails of 200 words penned by Dickens. He digs deep into the canons of Dickens, finding unusual words and phrases and explains their origins, use and offers pithy commentary on words like Tintinnabulation, Gormed, Humbug, Swipey, Cag-maggers, Spanker and of course Trumpery. Bryan Kozlowski joins Norman B to discuss What The Dickens?! on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

*Trumpery:  [TRUHM-puh-ree] Something of apparent value, but of little actual worth. From Middle French tromper, “to deceive”

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