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David Gutowski
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I publish the music and literature blog Largehearted Boy. I read and write and listen to music. A lot.
I publish the music and literature blog Largehearted Boy. I read and write and listen to music. A lot.

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Philip Lewis shared a music playlist for his debut novel The Barrowfields at Largehearted Boy.

"The Barrowfields is set in a small mountain town in northwestern North Carolina called Old Buckram. A young man named Henry Aster is the book's narrator. Much of the story is set in a hillside mansion described as a "monstrous gothic skeleton" made of iron and glass where the Aster family lives, and where untold mysteries reside. Henry refers to it as "the vulture house," and deep inside this labyrinthine structure is an enormous library of ten thousand books, along with a magnificent square grand piano at which Henry's father sits once he's finished his writing for the night and plays nocturnes that resonate with the dark soul of the house. This is in maximal contrast to what's happening in town, where locals play old-time gospel and bluegrass with acoustic guitars, fiddles, banjoes, and mandolins. Like his father, Henry learns to play the piano, and much of the music they play consists of beautiful yet brooding melodies that barely disturb the dark."

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Baltimore independent bookstore Atomic Books recommends the week's best new comics & graphic novels at Largehearted Boy, including titles by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell, Cathy Malkasian, Fabrizio Dori, and Brad McGinty & Brian Smith.

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The new Spoon album and five Peter Gabriel vinyl reissues are the highlights of this week's new music release list at Largehearted Boy.

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Harold Abramowitz shared a music playlist for his novel Blind Spot at Largehearted Boy.

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Hazlitt interviewed Ann Goldstein about translating the work of Elena Ferrante, Kyle MacLachlan shared a music playlist for the Twin Peaks revival, plus much more news & links from the worlds of books, music, and popular culture.

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Felicia Sullivan shared a music playlist for her debut novel Follow Me into the Dark at Largehearted Boy.

"On the surface of things, Follow Me into the Dark could be a novel about a serial killer. It could be a story about the effects of unchecked intergenerational abuse and mental illness—hint: it's not good. It could also be a book about women who were never meant to be mothers in a society where a woman's worth is measured by her ability to breed. And while we're at it, one could say my novel is about usurping traditional gender roles and how a psychopathic woman uses society's ingrained sexism as a disguise and source of power. It could be all of these things or none of these things, but for me Follow Me into the Dark is about loss and grief. Pretty much everything I write is a vulture that circles these two themes and picks at the carcass so that wounds never heal and my characters spend their life changing the dressing of their hurt."

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Electric Literature shared an excerpt from Mohsin Hamid's novel Exit West, Time Out New York reviewed David Byrne's new Joan of Arc musical, plus much more news & links from the worlds of books, music, and popular culture at Largehearted Boy.

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Meg Howrey shared a music playlist for her novel The Wanderers at Largehearted Boy.

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The longlist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize has been announced, Signature recommended books about music and New York City, plus much more news & links from the worlds of books,music, and popular culture at Largehearted Boy.

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Can Xue discussed the music that influenced her novel Frontier at Largehearted Boy.
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