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A Passion & An Obsession

 

Madeline Puckette buffeted her fledgeling life as a graphic designer by working in a Seattle wine bar. Her wine knowledge stopped at cheap sweet white Zinfandel’s. Then, as she poured a variety of wines for customers, she began to somewhat timidly sample and finally taught herself to taste. From there, Madeline quickly realized she had a passion, if not an obsession for wine. She shared her unbridled enthusiasm for wine by co-creating, WineFolly.com. Using her astute graphic design skill, Madeline has crafted and co-authored, Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide. This is a marvellous book that will appeal to the novice and wine snob alike. Norman B, eager to chat with Madeline about one of his favourite topics, was enchanted by her exuberance. You will too, make sure you don’t miss this edition of Life Elsewhere.

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Show #292

Two Very Different Books Explore The Human Condition

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“A few years ago, while illustrating an article about superstitions, some of the behavior described in the piece sounded eerily familiar. In that moment of recognition, I became aware of my own quirky behavior and started to notice some similar patterns among my friends and colleagues.” This is part of Ellen Weinstien’s introduction to her charming new book, Recipes for Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People. Ellen cleverly reveals an array of unique practices from quirky superstitions to pre-performance rituals of athletes, writers, artists, architects, scientists, musicians, political figures, and actors. The New York-based award-winning illustrator has compiled a visual compendium of carefully realized artwork with wit and reverence for her subjects. Weinstein, an engaging speaker, joins Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

The police say it was suicide, Anna Johnson says it was murder. They’re both wrong! Best-selling author, Clare Mackintosh, known for her compulsive thrillers has a new gasp-inducing novel, Let Me Lie. With a masterly hand, she weaves unexpected twists and turns into her plot. Mackintosh has a talent for making ordinary everyday scenes vividly interesting. Her clever inclusion of the serious issues of suicide, mental health, and alcoholism make Let Me Lie a far from a run-of-the-mill psychological thriller. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, ex-police detective, Clare Mackintosh talks enthusiastically about her interest in flawed characters, her writing style and the use of colloquial language in the worldwide distribution of her popular books.

Life Elsewhere is available at NPR One & iTunes

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Show #266

Passion & Discovery

“There are piles of fantastic magazines out there just waiting to be discovered,” says Steven Watson, “but finding quality independent magazines can be difficult.” Thankfully, the former magazine editor had a passion for magazines and he really liked discovering them. So, that’s what he did, better still he set about sharing his passion and his discoveries. The result is Stack, a magazine subscription service. Steven, our guest for the next edition of Life Elsewhere, eloquently chats about the graphic design wonders he curates for Stack. With his charming Yorkshire brogue, the Stack founder enthusiastically shares his knowledge and affirms the printed page is alive and well in an abundance of all shapes, sizes, and materials. “The magazines I select give an extra glimpse into the world of independent publishing,” says Steven, adding, “they are beautiful, intelligent magazines you probably wouldn’t otherwise have come across. It’s a mix of quality writing with cutting-edge design and the most exacting production values.” Graphic designers, art directors, writers or anyone fascinated by pop culture cannot afford to miss this stimulating conversation. 

Plus, we begin the show with new music from a talented artist currently based out of Nashville, Adia Victoria. Her bio says, “Clean my room. Dust my broom. I’m leaving soon. sing my blues. bleach them blues. I’m leaving soon.” While Adia says this about the genre of her music, “Back-porch-blues-swamp-cat-lady-howlin‘-at-the-mon.” No disagreement here, we’ve had Adia’s Baby Blue EP on repeat play for the last week. You’ll hear Me & The Devil, a proactive modern take on the Blues.

 

Life Elsewhere is available at NPR One & iTunes

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If you miss any editions of Life Elsewhere, go here then go to the Listen On-Demand panel, choose the date of a show and click play.

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
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Cornucopia Radio airs Life Elsewhere Music throughout each week

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Show #262

A Conversation With Seattle’s Enigmatic Peter Miller

Peter Miller at his store in Pioneer Square, Seattle, photographed by Sabina Curti

“You judge a shop like mine by the books I don’t have,” says Peter Miller the enigmatic Seattle bookshop owner. Long before the online bookseller based in the same city became a ubiquitous household name, Miller had carved out a unique niche with a thoughtfully restrained store selling wonderful books on architecture and design. Anyone who has had the fortune to stop into his emporium and ask the often-slightly-disheveled owner a question will be rewarded with an answer that could veer off in as many directions as the number of books on his precisely arranged shelves.  “A book sits mute until you open it,” he announces. Then, pausing, seemingly waiting for a response, he continues with a flourish of words that convince you, Peter Miller loves what he does, and he will talk for as long as it takes to convince you of his passion. Along with being an arbiter of style, Peter is the author of two books on another of his obsessions, food, Five Ways to Cook Asparagus (and Other Recipes): The Art and Practice of Making Dinner and Lunch at the Shop: The Art and Practice of the Midday Meal. Peter Miller will be Norman B’s guest on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

“What music would I curate for Peter Miller’s store?” asked Norman B. He offers two examples, from Melbourne, Australia, Tiny Little Houses with You Tore Out My Heart and from Derry, Ireland, Ryan Vail with Mirrors..

Life Elsewhere is available at iTunes

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Fridays at 9.00pm GMT on Cornucopia Radio

If you miss any editions of Life Elsewhere, go here then go to the Listen On Demand panel, choose the date of a show and click play.

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
Mondays at 6.00pm & Wednesdays at 3.00pm Pacific Time on NWCZ Radio
Fridays at 10.00am Eastern Time on IRN
Cornucopia Radio airs Life Elsewhere Music throughout each week

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Art & Activism

“There is an art to every practice, activism included.” Says Stephen Duncombe, co-founder of The Center For Artistic Activism. “This is a place to explore, analyze, and strengthen connections between social activism and artistic practice. Our goal is to make more creative activists and more effective artists. We aim to win.” Stephen has been an activist his entire life, with an impressive résumé, including over two decades of experience as both a teacher and an organizer. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere you’ll hear Duncombe speak passionately about The Center For Artistic Activism, “We believe in Utopia, not as a destination but as a direction.” He says, adding, “We believe that everyone has an artistic life they can bring to their activism.

David Cowles is an award-winning illustrator and animation director. His distinctive, graphic caricature portraits have appeared in countless magazines and newspapers. While not overtly political, Cowles’ caricature work could easily be pointed in that direction. But the artist’s colorful work is typically family-friendly, particularly his superb animations. David talks with Norman B about how he creates his memorable work and reveals who he finds difficult to characterize and, yes, David Cowles gives his views on Art and Activism.

Life Elsewhere is available at iTunes

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Fridays at 9.00pm GMT on Cornucopia Radio

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
Mondays at 6.00pm & Wednesdays at 3.00pm Pacific Time on NWCZ Radio
Fridays at 10.00am Eastern Time on IRN
Cornucopia Radio airs Life Elsewhere Music throughout each week

You can hear all the volumes over at Mixcloud

Show #225

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