Category Archives: Norman Doidge

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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Such A Nice Lady

JoAnn Chaney

For the Life Elsewhere Valentine’s Day Special she joined in by answering our three questions about love, almost demurely. She had a quiet reserve that suggested talking about love was a private matter. Certainly, she had thought about the questions, but her answers were not too revealing. Even her choice for a favorite love song gave little away: Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called To Say I Love You may well be the predictable choice for a suburban mother. JoAnn Chaney was a charming guest, a perfect balance to some of our other more verbose guests. Such a nice lady, we said. What You Don’t Know is the title of JoAnn Chaney’s debut novel. The title could not be more perfect because what we did not know when interviewing JoAnn for our Valentine’s Special is that she has written one of the most disturbing books that have come our way in a long, long time. Chaney manages, from page one to create a gripping, terrifying plot with believable characters and uninhibited dialogue. Numerous books have been written about serial killers but JoAnn Chaney takes the reader into places you never thought you would go. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere we’ll talk with JoAnn Chaney about how and why she decided to write such a dark novel. And ask is she really such a nice lady?

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kim-knucklesLife Elsewhere Music airs:
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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.

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