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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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