The Music Never Stops: The Grateful Dead’s 100 Essential Songs is Deadhead essential reading

“What was I thinking?” The first words out of my mouth after offering to review this hot-off-the-press book –The Grateful Dead’s 100 Essential Songs: The Music Never Stops. With limited knowledge and listening experience of the band to ride on (there are only two Dead songs I know – “Truckin” and “Friend of the Devil”), […]

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Book Review: Mary Ann Mayer’s Kissing the Shuttle, A Lyric History

  Rhode Island has a long and rich history, dating back to well before Roger Williams befriended Canonicus and was given the land that eventually became Providence (and before the native’s land was taken by settlers). Like most of America, not all of this history is positive; some of it is downright difficult to digest. While […]

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An Escape: Books through Bars provides inmates with the magic of stories

Providence Books through Bars is a 15-year-old organization that provides reading material to inmates throughout the country. It is a small operation in the South Side that helps to fuel big dreams. I recently spoke with Tara Emsley, president of Providence Books through Bars, about the organization. Emily Olson: How does Books through Bars work? […]

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