Category Archives: Matthew Rusnak

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

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What Is War? Polite Behavior? Zuzu!

“War, what is it good for?” That question came to mind as we observed Veterans Day. Then, as if on cue, a rag-tag assortment of bloviators, claiming they want to be commander in chief, lazily spewed out the usual rhetoric of a bigger, better more powerful military. “Winning! We’ll win any war through might!” is the standard cry. But are there winners in war? Why does war happen? What is war? To answer these questions and more, Hugh Gusterson, Professor of Cultural Studies and Anthropology at George Mason University joins the program.

Polite behavior seems to have escaped the daily routine of many presidential hopefuls. They could learn a lot from Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behavior. Though written in Renaissance Italy, it’s just as fresh and pertinent to daily living as any advice column. Editor and translator, Matthew Rusnak offers a droll take on academia, explaining how the author, Giovanni Della Casa, gives instructions for civilized behavior, which includes making sure nothing falls out of your nose when passing someone a drink.

Also in this edition, more of Norman B’s new music discoveries, a young lady from the UK, who goes by the name, Zuzu. “An extraordinary talent!” Says Norman, “Keep a close watch on her, and remember you heard Zuzu first on Life Elsewhere!”

Life Elsewhere airs:
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