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Funny, With A Message

                           

When Katie Met Cassidy and Blown are two new, clever-funny novels. Both are very much set in the present, each book reels off timely iconic observations and pop-culture references without a hint of self-consciousness. Their fast-pasted comedic well-constructed narratives with believable characters draw the reader in, while almost slyly revealing a deeper, thought-provoking message. In When Katie Met CassidyCamille Perri proudly writes about, as she says, “her queerness” without preaching, pontificating or even pandering. She knows the LGBTQ community inside out and she takes the reader into what is most likely for many, a mysterious scary world. Perri devises a simple love story for the plot. There’s Katie, born and raised in Kentucky, now an aspiring, late- twenties lawyer in New York. She’s a good girl, a people pleaser and a rule follower.  Katie finds herself sitting in a disoriented haze across a boardroom table from another a lawyer in a sharply tailored man’s suit, who on first look Katie mistakes for a man. This is native New Yorker, Cassidy, a confident, beautiful woman who seems to break all the rules Katie has tried so hard to follow. A hot passionate love story unfolds between two women, yet Camille Perri skillfully avoids cliches and stylized caricatures. Instead, her message is, no matter what your gender or sexual preference, when you’re in love you share the same emotions as anyone else in love. It’s a straightforward notion, but even in this modern age, there are still too many amongst us who would rather call it a love that dare not speak its name.

With five comic novels, all with one-word titles: Raw, Baked, Moist, Delicious and Salty (recently adapted into a major motion picture, titled Gun Shy, starring Antonio Banderas), Mark Haskell Smith excels at cooking up a supremely weird atmosphere and spicing it up with equally weird sex and violence. With Blown, his latest novel, Mark Haskell Smith goes all out with a wildly entertaining satire of corporate greed, sexual desire, and crime in the global financial services industry. Exceptionally funny, ribald and sharp-eyed, Blown starts as a simple case of embezzlement and explodes into a fatal high-stakes gamble for money and the pursuit of happiness. With his trade-mark knack of creating a cast of believable if not eccentric characters, in realistic but extraordinary circumstances, Smith gives his quizzical take on greed and human frailty. All the while the reader cannot stop laughing.

Make sure not to miss Norman B’s spirited interviews with two keenly talented and engaging authors on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

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The Brain + Math + Natasha Tells All!

           

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 Doidge’s enthusiasm and easy to understand explanations

“I believe you have Dyscalculia”, mathematics Professor, Jordan Ellenberg tells Norman B, who admits to having difficulty with numbers and being daunted by interviewing the author of How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking. The professor’s book, now out in paperback is all about math, but not the math we learn in school which can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. Instead, Jordan Ellenberg explains to us how terribly limiting this view is. “Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do—the whole world is shot through with it, the math.” the professor says.

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 auction 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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Daunting Reality That Reads Like Science Fiction & Hilarious Fiction That Reads Like Eccentric English Reality

                                  

The Earth’s magnetic force field is decaying faster than previously thought. When the poles switch, a process that takes many years, the Earth is unprotected from solar radiation storms that would, among other disturbances, wipe out much and possible all of our electromagnetic technology. Navigation for all kinds of animals is disrupted without a stable, magnetic North Pole. And, can you imagine no satellites, no Internet, no smartphones–maybe no power grids at all? This is the premise of The Spinning Magnet: The Electromagnetic Force That Created the Modern World–and Could Destroy It a riveting new book by award-winning journalist, Alanna Mitchell. She has crafted a beautiful story of surprising ideas and science, illuminating invisible parts of our own planet that are constantly changing around us. Alanna is an engaging interview who thoughtfully explains a complex and daunting subject. Her passion for her investigative work is compelling and not to be missed.

“I’m so pleased you laughed out loud.” Says, British author, Tim Orchard, after Life Elsewhere host, Norman B recounts how Tim’s new book, Stickle Island prompted his bouts of atypical chuckles. The very English, Orchard had taken a very English locale and built a quirky English tale with a cast of English characters. No doubt, if set in rural America, the anarchic DC, soused farmer Henry Stick, his bitter rival John, PC Paloney and erratic drug dealer, Carter would all be extraordinary eccentrics. But this story is set in the county of Kent on an island off the south coast of England. Tim Orchard uses his life experiences to fuel his fertile imagination and conjures up a believable place with realistic people, albeit quirky English people. This is a man who has a passion for writing. His dry British wit and smart economy of words make Stickle Island a deliciously funny read. And, the comfortable banter makes this another interview not to be missed.

Plus, we are very pleased to introduce you to a band out of London, Stick In The Wheel. We are raving about their new album, Follow Them True it has been on repeat play at Life Elsewhere tower for the past week or so. In this edition, you’ll hear, As I Roved Out and if you go to Life Elsewhere Music Vol 75, you’ll more cuts from this intriguing album.

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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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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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