Category Archives: Clive Thompson

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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Coming Soon To Life Elsewhere

Life Elsewhere’s stellar line-up of guests continues with an exclusive interview with Ian McLagan, the famed keyboardist for Small Faces and Faces. Edited selections of Norman B’s exclusive interview will air on upcoming editions of Life Elsewhere. The full unexpurgated interview will be available for download only at Life Elsewhere. You’ll hear Norman & Mac reminisce about growing up in post World War Two Britain, the swinging sixties and going to the same art school, discovering the Blues and Mac joining Small Faces, the quintessential Mod band and the crazy non-stop life of a pop star. He talks about the beginning and the end of Faces and gives us a peak into what it was like recording with The Rolling Stones plus the often unglamorous life of being on the road with the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. Ian McLagan offers his opinions on Punk, keyboard players he admires and his favorite keyboards. He recounts the ups and the downs, the truths and the untruths of rock ‘n’ roll and why his muse was so crucial in his life. McLagan discusses his latest album United States and his currant musical cohorts The Bump Band, based out of his adopted home of Austin, Texas.

Gary Wright best known for his 1976 hit songs Dream Weaver and Love Is Alive and for his role in helping establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music has just written a book, aptly titled Dream Weaver with the subtitle, A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison. Norman B explores all of these topics and more in an special interview with Gary Wright.

Erin Arvedlund is a financial writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and author of the book about the rise and fall of Bernard Madoff, Too Good to Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie MadoffErin joins Life Elsewhere to talk with Norman B about her latest book, Open Secret: The Global Banking Conspiracy That Swindled Investors Out of Billions, which documents the interest rate rigging scandals that emerged out of the 2008 financial crisis. Our focus on the financial world continues with Martin Wolf one of the world’s most influential economic commentators, who talks about his new book, The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned— and Have Still to Learn —from the Financial Crisis. Both Erin Arvedlund and Martin Wolf have written books that read like fiction, but as the saying goes: Truth is stranger than fiction. 

Also coming up on Life Elsewhere longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for WiredClive Thompson, who has written Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better. This is a timely look at how technology boosts our cognitive abilities—making us smarter, more productive, and more creative than ever.

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