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The Best List Ever!

On the latest edition of Life Elsewhere four creative guests share their brilliant ideas for Christmas gifts. Robert Newman, highly regarded Creative Director who has steered the look of The Village Voice, Details, New York, Real Simple and more, offers his intriguing list, including two books designed specifically for children. Popular Los Angeles based author Mark Haskell-Smith comes up with an entertaining and witty selection. Long-time journalist and co-founding editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Laurie Winer concentrates on must-have books about food and cooking. Pre-eminent Creative Director, Robert Priest who has skillfully guided the design of major publications such as Newsweek, Reuters and Oprah Magazine presents a cerebral selection that is as fascinating as it is insightful. All this plus, a special Christmas Hit That Never Was. Links to all the books featured on Life Elsewhere can be found here. Download the Podcast here. Go to the WMNF archives here.


Four brilliant creative minds offer their smart, entertaining and fascinating ideas on what books to buy and ask for this Christmas.

Robert Newman the highly regarded creative director whose excellent work includes, The Village Voice, Details, New York, Real Simple and other publications is a regular contributor to LIfe Elsewhere on Art, Media And Culture

Robert Newman’s Book Selection:

Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe
Swissted: Vintage Rock Posters Remixed and Reimagined
Power to the People
Dennis P. Eichhorn’s Real Good Stuff #1 And 2
Humans of New York
The Big Book of Anorak
Barbed Wire Baseball

Mark Haskel-Smith is a popular author based in Los Angeles, his latest book is Raw, A Love Story
His previous non-fiction works have been well received along with his exploration into the world of marijuana, Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup

Mark Haskell-Smith’s Selection:

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook
Nigerians in Space by Deji Olukotun

Laurie Winer is a long-time journalist who has been on staff at the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. She is a founding editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. 

Laurie Winer’s Selection:

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook
Jerusalem: A Cookbook
Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi
The Heart of the Plate by Molly Katzen
The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence by Patricia Wells
Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle

Robert Priest is the pre-eminent creative director who has skillfully guided the design of major publications such as Newsweek, Reauters and Oprah Magazine. He is currently a partner at Priest and Grace a world acclaimed design agency.

Robert Priest’s Selection:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Mexican Graphics: Grafica Mexicana
My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles
The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems
Harvest (Vintage)
All That Is by James Salter