Gritty, Unflinching, Name-Dropping & Juicy!

Jarett Kobek photographed by Helmut Fricke

When Adeline, a wealthy art student, chances upon a young man from the Midwest known only as Baby in a shady East Village squat, the two begin a fiery friendship that propels them through a decade of New York life. In the apartments and bars of downtown Manhattan to the infamous nightclub The Limelight, Adeline is Baby s guardian angel, introducing him to a city not yet overrun by gentrification. They live through an era of New York punctuated by the deaths of Warhol, Basquiat, Wojnarowicz, and Tompkins Square Park. Adeline is fiercely protective of Baby, even bringing him home with her to Los Angeles, but he soon takes over his own education. Once just a kid off the bus from Wisconsin, Baby relishes ketamine-fueled clubbing nights and acid days in LA, and he falls deep into the Club Kid twilight zone of sexual excess.

As Adeline develops into the artist she never really expected to become and flees to the nascent tech scene in San Francisco, Baby faces his own desire for artistic expression and recognition. He must write his way out of clubbing life, and their friendship, an alliance that seemed nearly impenetrable, is tested and betrayed, leaving each unmoored as the world around them seems to be unraveling. This is the synopsis of The Future Won’t Be Long, the new novel from Jarett Kobek. A gritty unflinching roller-coaster ride, detailing the excesses of New York’s club scene from 1986 through 1996. Kobek deliberately name-drops, incorporating juicy details, some obviously real, some imagined while laying bare what has to be in part, a thinly veiled autobiography. Jarett Kobek, also the author of cult favorite,  I Hate the Internet joins Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere to discuss The Future Won’t Be Long.

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Natasha Tells All!

She was the last person to be hired at Andy Warhol’s Factory and she wants to talk about it. Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni wants to talk about all of her experiences including an affair with Mick Jagger when she was a seventeen-year-old school girl. Ms. Fraser-Cavassoni isn’t one to hold back, in her new book, After Andy – Adventures In Warhol Land, she tells all. It’s a glitzy, fast paced, juicy, gossipy, name-dropping chronicle. She saw firsthand the end of an era and the establishment of a global phenomenon. From behind the scenes disagreements and the assessment of his estate, which included Interview magazine and his art inventory, to the record-breaking action of his belongings and the publication of his diaries. Natasha examines the immediate aftermath of Warhol’s death and his ever-growing impact. In the next edition of Life ElsewhereNatasha Fraser-Cavassoni chats with Norman B about her riveting eyewitness memoir.

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Making Sense Of The Headlines

“The Trump administration has a madness to it. It’s not a party-based system, this is where the Republicans have a problem with Trump. It seems he is doing a cleansing of the stables of GOP influences. Trump is not an ideological man. This is deeply disconcerting to the party because they don’t have someone in the White House they can rely on. Trump has a distinctive agenda of his own. Meanwhile, the Democrats are still trying to reconcile themselves with the horror of what happened in 2016. Essentially, looking at the Democrats is like looking at post trauma patients.”  These are the thoughts of Dr. Binoy Kampmark in his latest appearance on Life Elsewhere. We regularly call upon Dr. Kampmark to help us make sense of the latest headlines. His take is most often not necessarily contrary, but usually a well-considered alternative. Dr. Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer in Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University Melbourne, Australia and contributing editor for Counterpunch magazine joins us for the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Also in the program, new music from Linzi Jai a talented artist based in Florida. Plus, a conversation with Augustus Rose, the Chicago-based author of The Ready Made Thief. This is Rose’s debut novel. It’s an improbable yet believable story. Disturbing and fascinating. To date, one of the best reads of 2017.

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Improbable, Yet Believable. A Conversation with Augustus Rose

“This is a remarkable debut novel, on finishing, I flipped to the first page to start over…just in case I missed something!” This is Norman B on The Ready Made Thief by Augustus Rose. The Chicago-based writer has deftly conjured up an extraordinary plot packed unexpected twists and turns and a cast of unlikely characters. Yet, at the same time, everything is real and believable. This is the magic of Rose’s story about a Lee, a seventeen-year-old, on the run, alone on the streets of Philadelphia. She takes the fall for a rich friend, then reluctantly accepts refuge in the Crystal Castle—a cooperative of homeless kids squatting in an austere, derelict building. But homeless kids are disappearing from the streets in suspicious numbers, and Lee quickly discovers that the secret society’s charitable façade is too good to be true. She finds an unexpected ally in Tomi, a young artist, and hacker whose knowledge of the Internet’s black market is rivaled only by his ability to break into and out of buildings. From abandoned aquariums to highly patrolled museums to the homes of vacationing Philadelphians, Tomi and Lee can always chart a way to the next, perfect hide-out. But the harder Lee tries to escape into the unmapped corners of the city, the closer she unwittingly gets to uncovering the disturbing agenda of the very men who pull the strings of the secret society she’s hoped to elude, a group of fanatics obsessed with the secrets encoded in the work of early-twentieth-century artist Marcel Duchamp. What these men want is more twisted than anything Lee could’ve imagined, and they believe Lee holds the key to it all. Augustus Rose is Norman B’s guest in the next edition of Life Elsewhere, their conversation explores the many complexities of The Readymade Thief with Norman B surprising Augustus by suggesting an unorthodox casting choice for his heroine when his inspired book becomes a movie or TV series.

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Conversations, Concerns & New Music

During Norman B’s recent month-long visit to his home country, England, he was asked by almost everyone he met, “What happened in the last Presidential election?” People across the Atlantic are genuinely mystified, confused and paying careful attention to what happens next. With that thought in mind, we called upon a favorite contributor to Life Elsewhere, writer and book critic, David Ulin. With unbridled zeal, David offers his take on life after Trump. He controversially suggests the outcome of the last Presidential election is like this generation’s 9/11. “Nothing will ever be the same again!” He says.

While traveling around England, Norman B took the opportunity to interview face-to-face, guests who have appeared on the show. Up and coming singer-songwriter, Leaone met with Norman on an unusually hot summer day at a venerable London pub. They sat in the picturesque shaded garden of The Albion, in Islington. As they chat, you’ll hear all the ambient sounds and get a glimpse into the inner workings of a new aspiring talent.

Plus, Norman gives his review of a new double-sided single from Mick Jagger. Is it possible that the aging rockstar has made an important and serious commentary about what’s going on in the world? In his two new songs, Jagger touches on Brexit and the state of the world. To set the stage for Jagger’s new work, you’ll hear a very young Mick Jagger from 1966 talk about the social and cultural issues of that era. Perhaps we need to pay more attention to the 74-year-old rocker because he made saying more than artists half his age!

And, as a bonus, Norman introduces new music he believes you need to hear. From Nashville, The New Respects with Come As You Are, from their debut EP, Here Comes Trouble. The four-piece are a family affair, made up of three siblings, twins Alexis (bass) and Zandy Fitzgerald (guitar), along with their brother Darius (drums), and cousin Jasmine Mullen (vocals/guitar).

This is a bumper-packed show you will want to hear again. The options and links are below. Make sure you send your feedback to info@lifeelsewhere.co

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