Category Archives: Donald Trump

Intelligent Humor

“Donald Trump feeds on flattery like a ravenous lynx!”  Says, professor Deborah Parker. She and Mark Parker are the authors of a timely new book, Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy. In the age of Trump, a Suck-up a Brownnoser, a Bootlicker or perhaps a Lickspittle maybe a Toadeater are all adequate descriptions of people surrounding the President, but a Sycophant does the job so much better. From Dickens’ Uriah Heap to Kellyanne Conway, the Parkers trace the history of Sycophants in their engaging book, full of intelligent humor: “Sycophant: the word rolls delightfully off the tongue. One’s lips purse and expand. The s sound, the friction of the breath in a narrow opening, provides a hissing contempt.” Says, Mark Parker.

Intelligent humor is skillfully permeating throughout Amy Dickinson’s new book, Strangers Tend To Tell Me Things: A Memoir Of Love, Loss, & Coming Home. Her advice column is read daily by millions, but when one of her unusually sardonic responses went viral, Amy was truly surprised. She uses the example of the much-discussed dialogue on a parent’s distress over their son’s homosexuality to explain how she wants to be herself with her column. And, being herself, is the rāzôn ˈdetre of her new book.

Also in the show, a musical interlude from Marcus Fowler and Jamie Mac who perform under the moniker, Majik. They say this about their music, “We create music that weaves heartfelt lyrics over atmospheric sounds and broken beats, giving flight to the deepest thoughts we discover through feeling.” Make sure you let us know what you think of Majik’s music and all of Life Elsewhere’s programming. 

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Power, Corruption & Lies!

“If men are not naturally sexual predators, why does it happen so often?” Asks author and professor of anthropology, Agustín Fuentes. An article he wrote for Psychology Today, a couple years back, is more than relevant today, what with the tawdry accusations surrounding Harvey Weinstein and Bill O’Reilly plus the unabashed sexual bragging of one Donald J. Trump. Professor Fuentes goes onto to say, “Those three individuals, Weinstein, O’Reilly and Trump, they have a lot in common, I think that is a big part of the discussion about sexual coercion. These are individuals in our society, older, white men who have particular positions in particular economic structures that enable them to commit incredible uses of power of a wide array, not just sexual…and get away with it!” Agustín Fuentes, the author of The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional, joins us for the next edition of Life Elsewhere. Also on the program, to cover current topics is a frequent contributor,  Dr. Binoy Kampmark, senior lecturer at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Never one to shy away from offering his well-considered take, Binoy weighs in on Weinstein, O’Reilly, and Trump. Plus, he may cause Hilary devotees to smart a little with a not-so-flattering view of the failed Presidential contender. We’ll also bring you a musical interlude, courtesy of Turnover, a trio from Virginia Beach. “Their new album, Good Nature is well worth your time investigating!” Says Norman B. Life Elsewhere airs at all the outlets and times listed below and the Podcast is now available at NPR One and iTunes.   

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In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, frequent contributor, film, and media critic, Bob Ross stops by to bring us up to date on current films he suggests are worth watching. Bob manages to give his take with a slight nod and a wink, but then, we’ll ask Bob to tackle a serious topic. We’ll discuss a movie that has been mentioned all too frequently in the news over past few days since the tragic events in Charlottesville and, the comments by Mr. Trump.  That movie is the 1915 silent epic drama, directed and co-produced by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish, The Birth Of A Nation. The screenplay was adapted from the novel and play The Clansman, both by Thomas Dixon Jr.

Music has always been an integral part of Life Elsewhere and in this edition, we introduce you to Canadian singer-songwriter, Dana Gavanski. Her new beautiful single, How Much Is Enough?, taken from her debut EP, Spring Demos, out on September 12th on Fox Food Records. We’ll also hear from Bunny a band out of Chicago. Fronted by Jessica Viscius, who manages to erotically whisper on Let Me Be Your Dog, three words, “bow wow wow”, that we promise you will never hear or say the same way again. Bunny is set to release their EP Sucker later this year. For a regular input of new music, make sure you go to Life Elsewhere Music, available right here and over at Mixcloud.

To round out the show, Norman B talks with Jarett Kobek about his new novel, The Future Won’t Be Long,. It’s a gritty, unflinching, name-dropping & juicy chronicle that focuses on ten years, from 1986 to 1996, the heady period of excessive club kid culture, set mostly in New York. Could this be a veiled autobiography? Find out, when you hear the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

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Letter From Home – Part 2: English Gardens & American Yards

The first thing you need to know about gardens in England is, they’re not the same as gardens in the USA. There they are known as a yard. While a yard in England is certainly not a garden. A yard is a most likely a place you would store or dump things. Typically it would be an unattractive place, such as a builder’s yard, a scrap metal yard or perhaps a knacker’s yard, (don’t ask). But, it couldn’t be a school yard, because that would be a school playground. Confused? Stand by, there’s more. In England you don’t park a car in a parking lot, instead, you park a car in, wait for it, a car park. You drive on a road, not a pavement, while you walk on the pavement instead of the sidewalk. The hood of your car is delightfully named a bonnet so the trunk is obviously(?) a boot. You won’t have a fender-bender in England because fenders are bumpers. In England you’ll make a call on your mobile, in the States, you’d make the same call on a cell. Candies are sweeties in England and cookies are biscuits. A faucet is a tap in England, and a nappy is a diaper in the USA. The oddly tortuous-sounding pacifier becomes the brazen dummy in England. Of course, there wouldn’t be a need for a pacifier or dummy without a willy or a fanny. And that’s where the translation becomes really difficult, if not downright awkward. We speak the same language but we can easily bewilder each other with the words we choose. Thankfully, the common language of gardening is shared enthusiastically by both countries, in spite of each nation’s perplexing weights and measures standards. Finally, the second thing you need to know about gardens in England, they are glorious places to seek refuge from the moans and groans about Brexit and Mr. T – – – -.

For the month of June and part of July, Life Elsewhere. host, Norman B has been revisiting England, his home country. Part of his journey has included interviews which will appear at later dates on the program.

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Funny Guys, Seriously. Redux*

With an insult Tweeting President, our world appears so preposterous it’s almost possible to believe we are all living out the fantasy of a comedian’s mind. That maybe going to far, even comedians are not amused by the antics from the White House. For instance, comedian, writer, musician, actor, and radio host, Dave Hill along with his good friend and fellow comedian, Greg Barris, who is a staple of New York’s downtown stand-up scene, were in the neighborhood performing recently. They graciously took time out from their hectic schedule to chat with Norman B. Understandably, the ensuing conversation explored what is funny in the age of TrumpDave and Greg also shared their opinions on a wide range of topics, including the fraternity of comics; the evolution of comedy; Robin Williams and Johnny Carson; comedy specials; hecklers and the use of profanity. Comedians seldom reveal what’s behind their on-stage persona, in this hour of conversation, Norman B guides Dave Hill and Greg Barris to comfortably offer insights into the minds of two very funny guys, seriously.

*This is a redux edition of Life Elsewhere. Perhaps now, more than ever, we think you need to hear what Dave and Greg have to say. 

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