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Two Very Different Books Explore The Human Condition

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“A few years ago, while illustrating an article about superstitions, some of the behavior described in the piece sounded eerily familiar. In that moment of recognition, I became aware of my own quirky behavior and started to notice some similar patterns among my friends and colleagues.” This is part of Ellen Weinstien’s introduction to her charming new book, Recipes for Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People. Ellen cleverly reveals an array of unique practices from quirky superstitions to pre-performance rituals of athletes, writers, artists, architects, scientists, musicians, political figures, and actors. The New York-based award-winning illustrator has compiled a visual compendium of carefully realized artwork with wit and reverence for her subjects. Weinstein, an engaging speaker, joins Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

The police say it was suicide, Anna Johnson says it was murder. They’re both wrong! Best-selling author, Clare Mackintosh, known for her compulsive thrillers has a new gasp-inducing novel, Let Me Lie. With a masterly hand, she weaves unexpected twists and turns into her plot. Mackintosh has a talent for making ordinary everyday scenes vividly interesting. Her clever inclusion of the serious issues of suicide, mental health, and alcoholism make Let Me Lie a far from a run-of-the-mill psychological thriller. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, ex-police detective, Clare Mackintosh talks enthusiastically about her interest in flawed characters, her writing style and the use of colloquial language in the worldwide distribution of her popular books.

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Show #266

Passion & Discovery

“There are piles of fantastic magazines out there just waiting to be discovered,” says Steven Watson, “but finding quality independent magazines can be difficult.” Thankfully, the former magazine editor had a passion for magazines and he really liked discovering them. So, that’s what he did, better still he set about sharing his passion and his discoveries. The result is Stack, a magazine subscription service. Steven, our guest for the next edition of Life Elsewhere, eloquently chats about the graphic design wonders he curates for Stack. With his charming Yorkshire brogue, the Stack founder enthusiastically shares his knowledge and affirms the printed page is alive and well in an abundance of all shapes, sizes, and materials. “The magazines I select give an extra glimpse into the world of independent publishing,” says Steven, adding, “they are beautiful, intelligent magazines you probably wouldn’t otherwise have come across. It’s a mix of quality writing with cutting-edge design and the most exacting production values.” Graphic designers, art directors, writers or anyone fascinated by pop culture cannot afford to miss this stimulating conversation. 

Plus, we begin the show with new music from a talented artist currently based out of Nashville, Adia Victoria. Her bio says, “Clean my room. Dust my broom. I’m leaving soon. sing my blues. bleach them blues. I’m leaving soon.” While Adia says this about the genre of her music, “Back-porch-blues-swamp-cat-lady-howlin‘-at-the-mon.” No disagreement here, we’ve had Adia’s Baby Blue EP on repeat play for the last week. You’ll hear Me & The Devil, a proactive modern take on the Blues.

 

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Show #262

Is There Dignity In Desperation?

Singer-songwriter and producer, Logan Farmer uses the moniker Monarch MTN. He makes original music that caught Norman B’s attention. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere you’ll hear a track from his impressive new LP, I Woke At The Station. Logan’s music and what he has to say about it prompted us to arrange an interview, which you’ll hear in the following edition of Life Elsewhere. Meanwhile, these are the words of Logan Farmer: It’s a pitch so overused that it should be cast in bronze and placed on a mantelpiece. I had the opportunity to go to an isolated cabin in the woods and record an album. I didn’t shave and I packed lots of flannel, all the stuff you would expect from a folk singer in 2017. But despite the isolation and lovely autumnal setting, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to make a city album. An album for driving down the highway in the middle of the night under a sodium vapor glow. A collection full of distinct characters, overflowing with hardship and longing. They wake up, they go to work, they fall apart under the pressure, they dream and dream. The question I really wanted to ask was this: 
Is there dignity in desperation? 

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The Underlying Theme: Relationships

                                

Would you like to know when you are going to die? Think about that for a moment, it’s a question that’s a lot harder to answer than you may realize. Chloe Benjamin understands the complexity of the question and builds a story of remarkable ambition and depth around it in her new novel, The Immortalists. It’s1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality. Norman B’s engaging interview with Chloe explores the smart crafting of The Immortalists, the line between destiny and choice, and her observations on relationships.

When Eli first meets Sam Westergard, he is dazzled by his new friend’s charisma, energy, and determined passion. Both graduate students in New York City, the two young men bond over their idealism, their love of poetry, and their commitment to socialism, both in theory and in practice—this last taking the form of an organized protest against Soline, a giant energy company that has speculated away the jobs and savings of thousands. As an Occupy-like group begins to coalesce around him, Eli realizes that some of his fellow intellectuals are more deeply—and dangerously—devoted to the cause than others. This is the backdrop for The Radicals, the new novel by Ryan McIlvain. Ostensibly, this is an alert, timely thriller, but McIlvain explores relationships and emotions with a deft use of dialogue and beautifully arranged prose. Norman B’s thoughtful interview with Ryan ventures in many directions but always returning to the powerful core of his book, relationships.

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Show #260

What Is Your Favorite Love Song? & Why?

Yes, we’re approaching that day again, when restaurants giddily cram reservations into an already overbooked list and throw in a long-stemmed rose for the lady as a compensation for the inevitable wait for a table. Florists do more business in an hour than a regular month. Mountains of garishly adorned boxes of chocolates magically appear at supermarket checkouts. Sparkling wine pretending to be champagne is bought by the unsuspecting, ill-informed, while snooty oenophiles go to great lengths to try and snag a bottle of 1990 Roederer Cristal. And of course, the color red in as many hues as your mind will allow, is everywhere! Yes, its Valentine’s day again. We here at Life Elsewhere towers are not so curmudgeonly as to despise Valentine’s day but we do shy away from the Hallmark cards mawkishness. So while we endorse the lovey-doveyness, we also like to wander over onto the edgy side. So, this year we have assembled an all-star line-up of favorite Life Elsewhere guests and contributors to answer two questions:

1) What is your favorite Love song?

2) Why?

Because our guests are always apt to take an alternate view on everything, you can be sure that these two seemingly simple questions will generate anything but simple answers.

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