Category Archives: Reading

Get Rich. Get Laid. Get Even.

“I really wanted to create a new type of publishing model,” Says Michelle Miller. “I wanted to create a project that mimicked the world that I was talking about, and to do that, I felt it needed to function like a start-up. So I set up an LLC, raised money from venture capitalist investors for equity, and basically, they get a piece of whatever I would’ve gotten if I had just done it as an individual writer. To me, you can invest in content the same way you can invest in an app, and maybe it works, and maybe it doesn’t.” Miller a former banker at JPMorgan, is the author of The Underwriting her debut novel with the sub-title, Get Rich. Get Laid. Get Even. A corporate thriller that takes place at Hook, an online dating start -up, where a high-stakes deal pitches the power of Wall Street against the savvy of Silicon Valley—until a young woman’s death threatens to topple it all. Michelle Miller draws from her own experience to craft this believable tale of millennial culture. In the next edition of Life ElsewhereMichelle Miller talks with Norman B about The Underwriting, the juxtaposition of  Wall Street and Silicon Valley, gender politics and her acute observations on the daily routine of a 25 – 40 year-old urban professional.

Life Elsewhere airs every Sunday at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

An 8 Year-Old Liar & What Is Art?


In the next edition of Life Elsewhere we’ll hear from Fayette Fox who says that before turning her hand to become an author she taught sex-ed to “untouchable-caste” girls in India. Fayette adds, she loves helping people, which is why she runs a business that creates the “right profile” for online dating sites! But, the main reason Fayette Fox will be on the program is to talk about her debut novel, The Deception ArtistThis is the story of Ivy, an eight year-old who has a fanciful imagination and, she likes to tell lies. Like Fayette, there is far more to the story than the first impression.

Life Elsewhere, being a program about Art, Media and Culture, we give a lot of thought to the ART part. Consequently, we have been asking some of our favourite contributors a simple question, What Is Art?

Joining the program to answer What Is Art? we’ll hear from David Warner editor-in-chief of Creative Loafing, Tampa; Martin Atkins, the legendary drummer for bands such as PiLKilling Joke and Ministry. Martin is also author of a number of books including, Tour: Smart: And Break the Band; highly-regarded, Brooklyn-based painter, Jeffrey Bishop and Patrick O’Neil, ex-punk and now author of the true story, Gun, Needle, Spoon.

Make sure you listen carefully, because we asked shoppers at a mall for their answers to “What Is Art?”  Some of the answers may surprise you.

Also in the program, this week’s Hit That Never Was features a selection from the British producers, known as Bent.

This will be a must-listen to show, make sure you tune in at 12 noon ET, Sunday, April 12 at The Source, WMNF HD3 and 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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Tribute To Ian McLagan – Listen Again

Ian McLagan & Norman B

Ian McLagan & Norman B

In the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B payed tribute to Ian McLagan. A truly lovely man who tragically died from a massive stroke last Wednesday, December 3. Just over a week prior, Norman B aired on Life Elsewhere part one of his in-depth conversations with Ian, recorded earlier this year. The chats with Mac came about because the two silver-haired, ex-art students had met up at a charity event and began reminiscing about their days growing up in the early 60’s in the same area of London and attending the same college. “Let’s get this down on tape, so people can learn about what it was like in those days.” Said Ian. The result were almost three hours of spirited conversation, with Mac talking candidly about his early life, becoming a pop-star, drugs, life on the road with The Rolling Stones, and the sad death of his wife. To date, less than one hour of Norman B’s exclusive interview with Ian McLagan has been aired. In this edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman gives a moving tribute to his old art school friend and airs previously unaired selections from his poignant conversations with Mac. The full (almost) three hours of conversations with the legendary keyboard-played will be made available through this site, please check back often for details.

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Also in this edition of Life Elsewhere, a distinguished panel of “gifting” experts offer their suggestions for our Annual Christmas Gift Special. We asked each of them to choose three books and one non-book gift, and explain their choices. You’ll hear smart, entertaining and fascinating ideas from Peter James, best-selling author of the Roy Grace detective-thriller series; Robert Newman, esteemed creative director and influential design consultant; David UlinLos Angeles Times book critic and author of The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, and Mark Haskell-Smith, author of five novels and the forthcoming Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World.

And now a gift for you: The one-of-a-kind Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Mix.Screen Shot 2014-12-06 at 9.12.26 AM Our own Norman B has searched through his vast collection and created a blend of music you’re not likely to hear anywhere else. From rare Jamaican dub plates to obscure independent artists and the occasional found sound. If you revel in real eclectic mixes that’ll prompt your friends to ask, “Where on earth did you find this stuff?”, this is the one for you. To get your copy, we ask only that you make a donation of any amount to Life ElsewhereSimply click on the “Make A Donation”button to the right of this page. In return, we’ll send you a special code to unlock and download the Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Mix. But don’t delay, the Gift Mix will only be available for a limited time. Thank you for supporting Life Elsewhere.

Tana French, Andy Zax & Gathered Ghosts Podcast Available Now!

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 10.47.46 AM“I’m very aware that when you take a chance on one of my books, it’s not just your money that you’re putting on the line; it’s your time, which is probably even more precious. I want to thank you, so much, for taking that chance; for your wonderful support, which never stops taking my breath away. Here’s to all of you. I’ll do my absolute best not to waste your time.” The humble words of author Tana French on her website. The Dublin-based writer captured our attention easily with her latest novel, “The Secret Place and we certainly do not feel our time was wasted. Tana is an exuberant writer and her enthusiasm comes across in Norman B’s interview with her. She has been dubbed “the First Lady of Irish Crime,” drawing comparisons to Patricia Cornwell and even Agatha ChristiThe actress-turned-author is an astute observer of Irish life and has a delicious gift for realistic dialogue. In the Life Elsewhere interview Tana explains the plot of her new novel, class differences in Dublin and gives us a glimpse into the music she enjoys.

Grammy nominated producer, writer and musicologist, Andy Zax discusses the Return OfScreen Shot 2014-09-06 at 1.35.21 PM Vinyl with Norman B. The conversation was prompted by Norman’s son James recent request for a “cassette”, after a visit to hip, Urban Outfitters. The hip clothing emporium sells cheap, but apparently efficient, turntables along with 12” vinyl platters of trending indie artists. Although James has grown up with a dad who has a warehouse crammed full with stacks of plastic discs and two treasured Techniques 1200’s, he was unaware of the correct names of such things. Almost-teenager James doesn’t care or see the connection to the old gear his dad has stashed behind alarm-rigged doors and the cool hot gear that Urban Outfitters has on display. James and his posse had decided upon “cassette” as the name for the bits of plastic they now coveted. Along with all the other gadgets and gizmos marketed so deliberately to the tweenie demographic, are turntables and record platters the next must haves? Is this the return of vinyl? We explore the possibility and learn about the difference in quality of sound of vinyl and digital recording.

Two Apples In A Cherry Tree by Gathered Ghosts was selected for this weeks Hit That Never Was by a jewelry designer who regularly listens to Life Elsewhere. You too, can get your Hit That Never Was played on Life Elsewhere by sending a few details about yourself and your request to: hitthatneverwas (at) lifeelsewhere (dot) co

Life Elsewhere airs every Monday at 9.00am ET (1400 GMT)

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The Return Of Vinyl & The Secret Place

The Return of Vinyl?

After a visit to Urban Outfitters, Norman B’s son James, asked if he could have a “cassette”. Perplexed because he hadn’t seen any sign of “cassettes” on display, Norman asked his son, to describe what a “cassette” was. “It’s those big round plastic things you put on a “cassette” player”, James announced with an exasperated sigh, because his dear old dad obviously didn’t quite grasp modern technology. “You mean a record player and a vinyl record? Norman asked.  “Yeah! Whatever!” replied James. It turns out that the hip clothing and nic-nac emporium sells cheap, but apparently efficient, turntables along with 12” vinyl platters of trending indie artists. James, although growing up with a dad who has a warehouse crammed full with mountains of plastic discs and two treasured Techniques 1200’s, was unaware of the correct names of such things. AparScreen Shot 2014-09-06 at 1.35.21 PMt from that, as a budding teenager James doesn’t care or see the relevance to the old gear his dad has stashed behind alarm-rigged doors and the cool hot shit that UB has on display. From somewhere, he and his posse had decided upon “cassette” as the name for the bits of plastic they now coveted. Although James and his tweenie pals could care less about the correct name, are they being lured into another must-have, along with all the other gadgets and gizmos marketed so deliberately to their age group? Is this the return of vinyl? We explore the possibility with Andy Zax, Grammy nominated producer, writer and musicologist.

Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad. He sees an opportunity when a sixteen year old girl from an elite private school brings him a curious photo. Moran has to team up with an unlikely partner, the abrasive Antoinette Conway a Detective who is proud of her rough working-class background. So begins The Secret Placethe intriguing new novel from Tana FrenchNorman B talks with the author from her home in Dublin, Ireland.

This week’s Hit That Never Was, selected by a jewelry designer, is Two Apples In A Cherry Tree by Gathered Ghosts. If you would like to get your Hit That Never Was played on Life Elsewhere, send your selection to hitthatneverwas (at) lifeelsewhere (dot) co

Life Elsewhere airs every Monday at 9.00am ET (1400 GMT)

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