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The Life Elsewhere Predictions Show

A Caricature For President was the title of our 16th of August, 2015 edition of Life Elsewhere. We were being smart-alecks, ironic perhaps. Our intent was to focus in on how crazy things had become in the world of politics and in turn, how talented caricaturists and political commentators like Steve Brodner were having a field day. Looking back now, we had no idea then just how loony-tunes our world as we knew it would become. Two and half years on and we face a new year. Perhaps we should add, with trepidation? Does the past determine the future? If that premise is correct, we are certainly in for a strange and unprecedented year ahead. How strange? How unprecedented? Even the most reliable crystal-ball wizard may have a hard time getting this one right. So, we have assembled a panel of our favorite contributors to Life Elsewhere from the past twelve months to offer their crack predictions. Environmental journalist, Robert Hunziker eagerly jumped at the task, with the caveat that he has one prediction he cannot reveal immediately, but will in good time. We pressured him on your behalf, but he only teased that we will soon learn what he means. Meanwhile, author and book critic, David Ulin has an alternate view on predictions which he articulates with gusto. Lucia Graves, the astute journalist with The Guardian, has intriguing ideas, including which movie will win an Oscar. While film and media critic Bob Ross has a disparaging view on award shows but offers up his predictions with a generous nod and a wink to his area of expertise. Washington Post, art and architecture critic, Philip Kennicott cannily takes us to alternate prediction domain. Articulate and engaging Rant News Deputy Managing Editor, Remy Carreiro wastes no time getting her ideas across. And, we had to call upon Steve Brodner to hear what the man who famously said about Trump, “He has a tiny mouth and it’s kind of vertical, I’m sorry Norman, it’s kind of vaginal.” As expected, Brodner does not hold back. Make sure you do not miss the Life Elsewhere Predictions Show.

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Show #254

Chatting with Bob & Steve: The Oscars, Sympathy For The Loneliest President & Upsetting Martha Stewart

Two regular contributors to Life Elsewhere join Norman B to chat about everything from the extraordinary mess-up at the Oscars to pissing off Martha Stewart. Noted film and media critic, Bob Ross weighs in with his take on the relevance of the Oscars and asks, “Do movies cause social ills?” Esteemed political caricaturist and social commentator, Steve Brodner wonders if Mr. Trump could possibly be the loneliest man to hold the office of President. pat-windpipe-windy-teamplayerWhile Brodner has crafted many satirical cartoons of Mr. Trump, to date he has not received an early morning tirade from the President, but he does recall hearing from an angry Martha Stewart at a time she was under a cloud of legal scrutiny. All this plus new music from the unlikely named, Pat Windpipe & Windy Teamplayer

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Steve Brodner for The Village Voice

Steve Brodner for The Village Voice

Acclaimed caricaturist Steve Brodner was commissioned by The Village Voice to live-illustrate the antics onstage at the Republican National Convention – covering everyone from Rudy Giuliani and Antonio Sabato Jr. to Rick Perry and Donald Trump himself. Brodner, a frequent commentator on Life Elsewhere put down his sketchpad and pencils for a few moments to share some of his adroit observations. You’ll hear what Steve Brodner has to say about the GOP convention on the next edition of Life Elsewhere. Meanwhile,  here is a reminder of Steve’s critical eye and acerbic wit from a Life Elsewhere interview, one year ago, when Mr. Trump announced his intention to run for President.

Spartan Jet-Plex

Spartan Jet-Plex

“I discovered Nancy Kells by accident…hold up…make that by good fortune!” Says Norman B, “You see, Nancy is a talented and prolific singer-songwriter and if there is any justice left in the world she will soon be jettisoned into worldwide acclaim by a clever forward-thinking agent/manager/promoter.” Nancy currently goes under the moniker of Spartan Jet-PLex and it was her track Meant that caught Norman’s attention as he did his daily scouring around online releases. This, in turn, led to an interview with James Smith of Fox Food Records, the UK label Nancy is on. James raved on about Spartan Jet-Plex which in turn prompted us to find out more about the musician from Virginia who appears to spend almost her every waking hour producing constantly wonderful music. We made contact with Nancy Kells and she responded with, as she says, probably one of the longest emails you’ll ever receive. Long it was, but beautifully full with lots of pertinent information and links to her many different musical projects and musicians she admires. We didn’t need any more persuading, Nancy Kells will join us for the next edition of Life Elsewhere. Here is a sneak preview of Spartan Jet-Plex.

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Steve Brodner’s illustration for The Village Voice is used by kind permission of Mr. Brodner

Someone Defaced This Lovely House In My Lovely Neighborhood

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Although we prefer to avoid political commentary at Life Elsewhere, certain events and issues can dictate where a topic or interview will go. For instance, back in October of last year, we couldn’t resist asking, (albeit with a nod and a wink), if a Caricature Could Be President. We called upon the expertese of acclaimed political caricaturist, Steve Brodner to give his opinion. We knew Steve wouldn’t fail to regale us with his sardonic wit, but behind our chuckles, there was a serious question. The specter of an inarticulate toupee-wearing vulgarian actually being nominated as a Presidential candidate was beyond daunting, it was downright scary. And now, here we are, just four months away from what will be a historical GOP convention, (for all the wrong reasons), and the short-digit bloviator is the front runner. The occupants of the house pictured above are most likely reasonable people and from the size and location of their home, they are probably successful. Yet, they must also fall into the category of “not happy with the establishment”. By showing their support for a reality TV personality they are announcing to their quiet, peaceful, well-manicured neighborhood, they want a change…at any cost!

In the next edition of Life Elsewhere instead of woefully agonizing over the ignorance on display by supporters of the orange-faced misogynistic race-baiter, we’re taking a stand by presenting a carefully curated selection of exceptional new music. Who knows what the outcome of the next Presidential election will be? Whatever the result, there most certainly will be times when an enjoyable diversion is needed. What better than a glorious selection of new music to while away the hours as the political discourse becomes completely unbearable. Make sure you don’t miss a compendium of new releases that will still retain their glossy sheen after November 8.

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The Year At Life Elsewhere

2015 was an eventful year at Life Elsewhere. We covered a vast array of topics and interviewed a stellar line-up of guests. Beginning in January, Norman B proclaimed Unbecoming, the debut novel by Rebecca Scherm, “One of the best books this year!” Sadly, the year had only just got underway, when news arrived of the death of George Romansic, an important figure in the early Seattle music scene. Norman gave a moving tribute. Photojournalist, Lynsey Addario recounted her graphic stories from the front-line inAfghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur and the Congo in her book, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. A fitting subtitle for an investigative book on the “plush toys”, better known as Beanie Babies could be The Dark Side of Cute, bestselling author, Zac Bissonnette gave us the detailsEverything you want to know, everything you didn’t know about David Bowie’s songs, were explained by Chris O’Leary the author of Rebel RebelThat’s Not English said Erin Moore in her book on Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us. The legendary Wreckless Eric told stories about his early days at Stiff records. Comedy writer Jon Macks reflected on Monologue: What Makes America Laugh Before Bed. Growing up in the delta of Arkansas, Brandon Wallace, knew only two things about himself: he was called to ministry and he was attracted to the same sex. He talked about coming out and his book, Straight-Face The curious case of Sepp Blatter and FIFA was clarified by Eight By Eight creator Robert Priest. Talented Norwegian singer-songwriter Siv Jakobsen entertained with her music and observations. Heavy Metal guitarist, Marty Friedman talked frankly about life after Megadeth. Award-winning wildlife expert, Gareth Patterson spoke lovingly of his work with African lions and the death of Cecil. Frank Jenkinson shared memories of shooting photos of the then-fledgling and later influential British band, Killing Joke. British-American musician Zuzu caught Norman B’s attention, resulting in an engaging interview. And to round out our year at Life Elsewhere, acclaimed caricaturist Steve Brodner gave his definitive appraisals of the GOP Presidential candidates. 

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