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2018 Grammys: Carrie Fisher, Bernie Sanders and Bruce Springsteen Contend for Best Spoken Word Album

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Nominees for the 2018 Grammys were announced today and people are still talking about how this is quite possibly the most diverse list of nominees with women and people of color dominating the top categories.  Leading those nominations in all the music categories is no surprise to many: Jay-Z for his 2017 release 4:44, with eight.  While many of us tune in to the Grammys for the performances and to see if our favorites will walk away with the trophy, there are other categories that we don’t often see televised, but garner awards as well. Of interest to us is the category where books are mentioned! Audiobooks! The official category title since 1998 is “Best Spoken Word Album,” but the…

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2009 VMA Run-in with Kanye West Did Not Damage Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation,’ Says Fan Fav Biography

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The most unforgettable and bizarre year in VMA history was 2009. Michael Jackson was dead, Lady Gaga was gross, Brittany Spear’s made a comeback and Hip-Hop ruled. However, the one thing that is forever etched in the annals of VMA history was the moment Kanye West jumped on stage and interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Video of the Year. Swift seemed genuinely shocked, as were most people in the audience and at home.  This single incident could have ended of both careers, but it had just the opposite effect. As a result of this awkward situation, both artists were catapulted into into super stardom. Kanye proved he was bad-ass and Taylor Swift became the darling of America and a…

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Walking 30 minutes a day is all the fitness you need

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Summer has fully sprung and you may think that you missed your chance to be summer-time fine. Maybe there just were enough hours in the day for the Pilates and Zumba and CrossFit. Maybe there are physical limitations to the types of exercises that you can safely manage. You would be wrong. In this Bookish Diva’s travels down the information super highway, I came across a nifty little story on NPR. (Let’s be honest, just about every story on NPR is a nifty little story.) Apparently, all we need is to walk, at a moderate pace, 30 minutes a day to reap those lovely health benefits. Said Dr. Tim Church, who studies the effects of physical activity at Louisiana State…

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Living for summer’s musical moments

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You know that feeling you get at a concert when your soul is singing the lyrics and your heart is playing the beat? You’re praying the music never stops, wishing you could stay in the moment forever. As I am sure you know, you are not alone. Erin Feinberg knows the feeling and so do Neil Peart of Rush and Bruce Springsteen. They have found a way to make it last forever. This familiar musical sensation is creatively shown in Feinberg’s Diehards, a book of black-and-white photos that invites readers on a journey to the spiritual world of live concerts. Including personal essays from Peart and Springsteen, it perfectly illustrates the universal power of a live music show. The combined…

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