Category Archives: David J. Linden

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.

We are very pleased to announce that Life Elsewhere can now be heard on Cornucopia Radio

Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network
Fridays at 9.00pm GMT on Cornucopia Radio

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
Wednesdays at 3.00pm Pacific Time on NWCZ Radio
Fridays at 10.00am Eastern Time on I R N

You can hear all the volumes over at Mixcloud

The Brain, Touch & Two New Artists

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author, essayist and poet, he joins Life Elsewhere to discuss his latest book The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity. They thought that the brain was too sophisticated for its own good. That during evolution it became so complex that it lost the ability to repair itself and to restore lost functions or to preserve itself. They were wrong. Because it turns out that its very sophistication can
be the source of a unique kind of healing… The brain’s way of healing.”
Says Doidge. The subject of his book could be daunting if it were not for Norman’s enthusiasm and easy to understand explanations. And,
best-selling author David J. Linden will also join the program to talk about examining how our sense of touch and emotion are interconnected in his new book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind. Norman B will delve into Linden’s engaging book and ask,“What makes an orgasm feel so good?”, “How come we can’t read Braille with our genitals?” and “Does the brain manipulate pain and our sense of touch?”

Lauren ScrivenerPlus, Norman B will introduce a new young artist from the south of England, Lauren Scrivener. He is raving about her and thinks she deserves your attention. Listen and see if you agree, let Norman know by sharing your opinion about Lauren and her music, send an email to normanb at lifeelsewhere dot co. The Hit That Never WasLaura Groves this week features another female musician from the UK, Laura Groves.  She  went by the name of Blue Roses, a few years back, you can hear her music from 2009 by clicking on the name Blue Roses and her photo. Two wonderful talents, you’re not going to hear on any other Arts, Media & Culture radio show.

Life Elsewhere airs at a new time and new place: Sundays, 12 noon ET at WMNF The Source HD3. It’s easy to listen, click here in your browser. And, you can listen on your iPhone or iPad, get the new WMNF player here. Life Elsewhere can also be heard at NWCZ Radio, every Monday at 5.00pm PT

Read Norman B’s interview with Martin “Youth” Glover in Trebuchet Magazine

Examining The Sensation Of Touch

David LindenDavid J. Linden, is a professor of neuroscience at the John Hopkins School of Medicine and New York Times bestselling author of The Compass of Pleasure. His latest book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind examines the sensation of touch – from its biology to its vital role in every aspect of the human experience. Millions of years of evolution have endowed us with areas of the brain that are dedicated to processing touch signal; with a series of dedicated sensors and nerve fibers that predispose us to respond to a stimulus like a caress, but only if it’s administered at the proper velocity; with receptors in our skin that
make mint feel cool and chili peppers hot. There are actually two different systems for processing touch: one to extract basic sensory information, and another to register its particular emotional context. Without the latter, an orgasm would feel more like a sneeze – convulsive, but not especially compelling. Because of the latter, a gentle pat from a lover administered during an argument might feel as welcome as a spider crawling across your arm. On the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B will delve into Linden’s
engaging book and ask, “What makes an orgasm feel so good?”, “How come we can’t read Braille with our genitals?” and “Does the brain manipulate pain and our sense of touch?”

Make sure you don’t miss David J. Linden, author of Touch, next on Life Elsewhere. New time and new place: Sunday, 12 noon ET at WMNF The Source HD3. It’s easy to listen, click here in your browser. And, you can listen on your iPhone or iPad, get the new WMNF player hereLife Elsewhere can also be heard at NWCZ Radio, every Monday at 5.00pm Pacific Time.

Read Norman B’s interview with Martin “Youth” Glover in Trebuchet Magazine

Next On Life Elsewhere

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The number of listeners who checked out Life Elsewhere in December reached an all-time high, according to the official stats. More people listened to our show about Art, Media and Culture as we neared the end of the year than ever before. We’d like to think all those new listeners to Life Elsewhere agree with this accolade from acclaimed New York-based Creative Director, Robert Newman: “I’ve been a fan of Norman B for over 25 years. He is a master radio host, voice talent, interviewer, media critic, and a creator of important culture and cultural events. As the host and producer of Life Elsewhere, Norman B has created one of the most intelligent, engaging, diverse, and entertaining radio programs in recent memory. It’s a pure delight from beginning to end. Norman’s ability to combine a diverse array of interviews, news, reviews, music, and much more showcases his talents as a producer and cultural mixmaster. And of course it’s his personality and voice that is the masterful centerpiece of it all, as he weaves an audio mosaic that is in turns playful, serious, engaging, colorful, authoritative, and always entertaining. Norman B reminds me of CNN news host Anderson Cooper with his ability to range through topics with a tone that conveys authority, but still keep a sense of friendly engagement. Norman B is one of the most exciting and brilliant talents and is deserving of a wide audience in any field.”

It could be a coincidence of course, but just as more listeners discover Life Elsewhere, we are moving the show to a new air-time and a new delivery platform. Beginning Sunday, January 26, Life Elsewhere will broadcast live at 12 noon on The Source WMNF HD3. You can listen on a digital radio, online or your smart phone. Plus, Life Elsewhere as a Podcast will be available at Stitcher.com.

We are excited about these changes and have and incredible line-up of guests scheduled, including Rebecca Scherm, whose debut novel Unbecoming has caused Norman B to predict “This book will be on my best-book-of-the-year list, but also on many other best-of-lists.” Ben Yagoda will talk about his new book, The B-Side, The Death Of Tim Pan Alley And The Rebirth Of The Great American Song. We’ll explore an hilarious take on modern family life, parenthood, and marriage with Tim Dowling author of How To Be A Husband. Best-selling author David J. Linden will join the program to talk about examining how our sense of touch and emotion are interconnected in his new book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind. And, Norman Doidge, M.D. unravels Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity in The Brain’s Way of Healing.

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photograph by Norman B,  2005