The Oscars, Sympathy For The Loneliest President, & Upsetting Martha Stewart on Life Elsewhere

Two regular contributors to Life Elsewhere join Norman B to chat about everything from the extraordinary mess-up at the Oscars to pissing off Martha Stewart. Noted film and media critic, Bob Ross weighs in with his take on the relevance of the Oscars and asks, “Do movies cause social ills?” Esteemed political caricaturist and social… Read more »

Art & Authoritarianism + Influential & Ignored on Life Elsewhere

Last year before the election, Philip Kennicott, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Art and Architecture Critic, imagined with clever wit, what would happen to the Arts in America if Mr. Trump became President. His scenarios were fantasy, but the context for Kennicott’s creativity was built on facts: In a gallery in Chelsea, New York, a crudely made sculpture of… Read more »

Can Every Picture Tell A True Story?

“Where words can be twisted, fact-checks dismissed, and lies perpetuated, photographs can sear an image into public consciousness that leaves little room to dispute. The responsibility of the media as defenders of democracy has never been so urgent. And within the media, photojournalists, with their incredibly strict code of ethics have a distinct and important ability to… Read more »

The Blurred Line Between Fantasy And Reality (on Life Elsewhere)

How many times during the past twelve months, when reflecting on the run-up to the Presidential election, have you thought, “This is too fantastic to be true”? The ongoing shenanigans by the most unlikely of Presidential candidates, now President-elect and the perpetual circus surrounding him, has perplexed even the most revered brainiacs. The conundrum of… Read more »

Goodbye 2016!

Before 2016 was even half-way over, the cry of “Enough! Can we please put this year behind us!” was uttered everywhere from social media to casual conversations. Right out of the gate, 2016 took no time at all to let us know, this one was gonna be a bitch! Like an unwarranted slap-in-the-face, the man… Read more »

Joan, The Legend! on Life Elsewhere

When Joan Alexandra Molinsky died at the age of 81 in 2014, she was known as the iconic legend, Joan Rivers. Her story was a roller-coaster ride of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud with Johnny Carson, her estrangement from her daughter, her many plastic surgeries, her ferocious ambition and… Read more »

The Goldilocks Planet & The Trump Administration on Life Elsewhere

“For over the past 10,000 years, Earth has been the Goldilocks planet, not too hot, not too cold, as the temperature has been steady, fluctuating by only about 1°C. So, everything the human species has done has been within a very narrow, and almost perfect temperature range (Source: Richard Alley, professor of geosciences, Penn State University,… Read more »

The Detectives on Life Elsewhere

Dublin Murder Squad, detective Antoinette Conway is hard-edged, gloriously rough-speaking and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Antoinette, the narrator in Tana French’s new novel, The Trespasser, takes the reader on a roller-coaster of whodunit journey. Tana is a wickedly clever writer who uses her past acting experience to aid in conjuring up brilliant dialogue and descriptions…. Read more »

Понимание того, как россияне понимают Америку* on Life Elsewhere

“Russia Hacks DNC”, “The New Red Scare”, “Trump’s Pal Vlad”. Russia keeps showing up in the headlines as we hurtle toward the most bizarre Presidential election ever. Mr. Trump, the GOP Presidential nominee, constantly refers to Russia and Mr. Putin with approval in his atypical stump speeches. And, email hacks of the DNC and former… Read more »