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A Brave Man

Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker is a brave man. He knew what he was getting himself into. He went ahead anyway. The hardest part was getting his fingerprints taken. “I’m a writer,” he says, “I bash away on a keyboard all day, every day. How would I know that bashing away on a keyboard all day wears your fingerprints out?” The acclaimed author’s fingerprints were required for the job he had applied for. He ignored the warnings of his family to boldly venture forth.Nicholson’s new non-fiction book, Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids, is a meticulously detailed account of his 28 days working as a K-12 substitute teacher in a Maine public school district. His day-by-day, documentary reportage is an illuminating snapshot of public education in America today. What emerges from Baker’s experience is a complex, often touching deconstruction of American public schooling, children swamped with overdue assignments, over­whelmed by the marvels and distractions of social media and educational technology, and staff who weary themselves trying to teach in step with an often outmoded or overly ambitious standard curriculum. Baker is an inventive and remarkable writer and Substitute is filled with humor, honesty, and empathy. Make sure you don’t miss Norman B’s conversation with Nicholson Baker on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

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Traveling Sprinklers, Pony People and a Reading Festival

The Reading Edition of Life Elsewhere is available to download now. Norman B interviews Colette BancroftBooks Editor for Tampa Bay Times about the Festival of Reading, digital books and re-thinking reviews. Lynn Waddell talks about  Pony People and her book, “Fringe Florida – Travel among Mud Boggers, Furries, Ufologists, Nudists and Other Lovers of Unconventional Lifestyles”. Best-selling author Nicholson Baker discusses his latest book, “Traveling Sprinkler”, his writing process, music and selects this week’s Hit That Never Was.

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Read And Listen

Writing in The New York Times MagazineCharles McGrath says, Nicholson Baker is one of the most beautiful, original and ingenious prose stylists to have come along in decades”. Next up on Life Elsewhere, we are very pleased to welcome best-selling author Nicholson Baker to join us for an interview about his new book “Traveling Sprinkler” music and his writing process. Colette Bancroft, Books Editor for Tampa Bay Times will also join us to discuss the Tampa Festival of Reading. Plus, you’ll hear this week’s Hit That Never Was.

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