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Marginalia: Largehearted Boy

Largehearted Boy is a little different from most of the sites we’ve recommended in the past; certainly it’s the only one to embed a Black Sabbath video prominently in a recent post. But it’s exactly that freewheeling spirit we admire in them, and besides, the death metal headbanging was part of a really nifty idea. One of the blog’s best features is the paronomastically titled “Book Notes,” in which “authors create and discuss a music playlist that is in some way relevant to their recently published books.” And if that book happens to be Heavy Metal Islam, then it’s hard to see how a Black Sabbath video could possibly have been avoided.

As you’ve probably guessed, Largehearted Boy is a music and book blog. It contains daily, free, legal music downloads as well as frequent book reviews, but its stock in trade is “news from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture.” These news bulletins (i.e., links to the far corners of the Web) are truly eclectic and stylishly chosen; recent items have included an article defining the musical genre “shoegaze” and the New York Times‘s original review of The Adventures of Augie March. Finally, and inevitably, the site contains a feature—called “Note Books”—that inverts the Book Notes formula by asking musicians to discuss the books they’re reading. In all, Largehearted Boy reminds us of what Dorothy Parker sarcastically told us life is: “a glorious cycle of song, / A medley of extemporanea.” Go see it for yourself!

P.S. This Abbeville editor will again be flexing his verbal muscles at the Adult Vocabulary Bee in Chelsea Market tonight. Once again he’s slipped a warm-up word (“paronomastically”) into the post, as a kind of teaser for anyone who might like to watch the event—or a warning for anyone who might wish to compete against him…

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Mega-Marginalia

We’re pulling out all the stops for today’s “Marginalia,” spotlighting three (count ’em, three) websites worthy of our discriminating readers’ attention.

First stop on the recommendation tour: A Book Blogger’s Diary, a nifty site containing not only the eponymous Book Blogger’s reviews but also featurettes on authors, publishers and, most distinctively, book contests and giveaways sponsored by publishers. It’s a great resource for readers looking for deals and steals, and its frequent updates (they put us to shame) ensure that book-lovers will find some content that catches their—hey, what’s this? And this? and this?

Next up: Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (Why Stop at Six?), a book review blog hosted by two dynamic librarians named Eisha and Jules. As one might guess from the Lewis Carroll allusion in the title (and the classic Alice in Wonderland engravings decorating the site), Eisha and Jules review “adult” and “children’s” books impartially, and are especially fond of works that straddle the two genres. We like the classy look and lighthearted tone of their site, but we’re a little intimidated by their energy: we’ve always felt that impossible things could wait until after lunch. Or tea.

Finally, we wanted to show you momeld, the best contemporary design site we’ve come across yet. Here at Abbeville, we’re no strangers to fresh design concepts, but some of the items they’ve featured have just about blown us away—especially the one from their most recent post. A comfy chair that follows you around? Even as you manuever your way around bookshelves? Truly, this is the future we’ve dreamed of. Maybe once Abbeville moves to a new building, we can convince the boss to incorporate this puppy into a new, radical office design.

Enjoy these three distinguished contributions to the weblogosphere, and feel free to recommend other sites that you feel would be of interest to our readers! Our Comments section gets lonely sometimes, you know.

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