Celebrating The Genius Of Mark Hollis In 15 Songs

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Talk Talk's Mark HollisWhen an artist like Mark Hollis dies, there are different kinds of ripple effects. We see this often now, a celebrated or iconic artist passes on, and the cycles of public grieving unfold — friends and collaborators from decades past sharing anecdotes and condolences, a torrent of tributes like this one. Yet cases like this … More »

Eminem Albums From Worst To Best

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Verbally gifted, painfully self-aware, deliriously problematic — there’s really nothing like the last two decades of Eminem, the blonde swordsman. More »

Grammys 2019: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

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2019 might be some kind of cosmic turning point in the history of the Grammys: The first show where the conversation was more about who didn’t perform than who did. Ariana Grande’s fuck-this-shit refusal to play ball with the notorious Grammy-production dumbfucks revealed just how completely this was a show in … More »

Favorite Albums of 2018

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Largehearted Boy's Favorite Albums of 2018

Music and poetry helped me deal with a politically tumultuous 2018.

These are the eleven albums I have recommended most to friends, Largehearted Boy readers, and complete strangers over the year. (my personal metric for favorite music).

My favorite album of the year was Mitski’s surprisingly synth-laden and lyrically powerful Mitski’s Be the Cowboy.

Stream these albums on Spotify:

My favorite eleven albums of 2018:

Anna Calvi: Hunter

boygenius: boygenius EP

The Beths: Future Me Hates Me

Hookworms: Microshift

Julia Holter: Aviary

Low: Double Negative

Mitski: Be the Cowboy

No Age: Snares Like a Haircut

Screaming Females: All at Once

Soccer Mommy: Clean

U.S. Girls: In a Poem Unlimited

also at Largehearted Boy:

List of essential and interesting 2018 year-end music lists

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Favorite Nonfiction of 2018

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Largehearted Boy's Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2018

2018 was another great year for nonfiction, especially essay collections and memoirs.

These are the nonfiction books I have most recommended to family, friends, and everyone who has crossed my path this year (my personal metric for “favorite”).

Captive Audience

Captive Audience by Lucas Mann

Lucas Mann’s brilliant Captive Audience is a thoughtful and insightful exploration of both his marriage and reality television. This book cements his status as one of our most talented writers of creative nonfiction.

Insomnia

Insomnia by Marina Benjamin

Marina Benjamin’s Insomnia is more than a memoir, the book haunts with its journeys into what unsettles us in the night.

Love and Death in the Sunshine State

Love and Death in the Sunshine State by Cutter Wood

Cutter Wood’s Love and Death in the Sunshine State is an impressive work of creative nonfiction, a captivating mixture of true crime and memoir.

Sick

Sick by Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour’s memoir Sick is as moving and thought-provoking a book as I have read in a long time, and is by far my favorite nonfiction work of the year. Khakpour’s forthcoming essay collection Brown Album is one of my most anticipated books of 2019.

This Will Be My Undoing

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

Morgan Jerkins’ smart and moving essay collection This Will Be My Undoing is one of the year’s most important books.

Tonight I'm Someone Else

Tonight I’m Someone Else by Chelsea Hodson

On a line level, Chelsea Hodson’s collection Tonight I’m Someone Else might be the book of the year. These essays are lyrically precise and impeccably formed.

Vanishing Twins

Vanishing Twins by Leah Dieterich

Leah Dieterich’s stunning memoir Vanishing Twins is a poignant exploration of identity and open marriage, and one of the year’s most thought-provoking books.

The Word Pretty

The Word Pretty by Elisa Gabbert

Elisa Gabbert’s The Word Pretty is one of the year’s best essay collections.

also at Largehearted Boy:

list of online “best of 2018” book lists
list of essential and interesting 2018 year-end music lists

Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2018
Largehearted Boy favorite poetry collections of 2018
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2018

Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2017
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2016
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2015
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2014
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Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2011
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2010
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2009
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2008

previous lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comic Preview (weekly comics recommendations)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
LIbrairie Drawn and Quarterly Books of the week (weekly book recommendations)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews

Favorite Short Story Collections of 2018

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Largehearted Boy's Favorite Short Story Collections of 2017

2018 was another great year for short fiction collections.

These are the short fiction collections I have recommended most to blog readers, friends, and family throughout the year.

What was your favorite short story collection of 2018?

Belly Up

Belly Up by Rita Bullwinkel

Rita Bullwinkel’s short story collection Belly Up is a marvelous debut from a writer to watch.

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Best American Short Stories 2018 edited by Roxane Gay

I have read and admired the Best American Short Stories for years, and the 2018 edition edited by Roxane Gay is the strongest ever. The diversity of its voices and sources is evident in this striking collection.

Lucky Man

Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley

Jamel Brinkley’s powerful and empathetic stories make Lucky Man my favorite short fiction collection of the year.

Florida

Florida by Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is one of my favorite authors, and her short story collection Florida is one of the year’s most engrossing and haunting books.

How to Love a Jamaican

How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs

Alexia Arthurs’ impressive debut collection How to Love a Jamaican is filled with tender and masterful depictions of women young and old and the love in their lives.

White Dancing Elephants

White Dancing Elephants by Chaya Bhuvaneswar

Chaya Bhuvaneswar’s brilliant debut collection White Dancing Elephants is filled with stories about diverse women facing violence.

also at Largehearted Boy:

online “best of 2018” book lists

Largehearted Boy’s favorite novels of 2018
Largehearted Boy favorite poetry collections of 2018

Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2017
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2016
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2015
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2014
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2013
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2012
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2011
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2010
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2009
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2008

previous lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
52 Books, 52 Weeks book reviews

The 50 Best Stereogum Comments Of 2018

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It’s New Year’s Eve which means tomorrow this site turns 17 years old. Seventeen! That’s the age Little Eva was when she recorded “The Locomotion.” It’s the age Backpack Kid was when he released the video for “Drip On Boat” featuring Swaghollywood. It’s the age Dr. John was when he was 18. It … More »

The 5 Best Rolling Stones Songs Of 2018

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The-Rolling-StonesThe Rolling Stones did not release any music in 2018. Their last album of original material, A Bigger Bang, came out way back in 2005. More recently, they released an album of blues covers called Blue & Lonesome, just over two years ago. They are coming back Stateside for a tour next year, and between … More »

Favorite Poetry Collections of 2018

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Largehearted Boy's Favorite Novels of 2017

These are the poetry collections I have most recommended to friends, family, and anyone else who has crossed my path this year (my personal metric for “favorite”).

What was your favorite poetry collection of 2018? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook.

The Barbarous Century

The Barbarous Century by Leah Umansky

The poems in Leah Umansky’s collection The Barbarous Century wield vulnerability as a weapon as they speak to dystopias and hope both global and personal.

Barnburner

Barnburner by Erin Hoover

Erin Hoover’s Barnburner, awarded the 2017 Elixir Press Antivenom Poetry Award, is a timely work of politics, feminism, and humanity.

If They Come for Us

If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar

Fatimah Asghar’s debut poetry collection If They Come for Us is both intensely personal and political, profound and poignant.

R E D

R E D by Chase Berggrun

Chase Berggrun’s R E D transforms the text of Bram Stoker’s Dracula into a powerful and mesmerizing work of erasure poetry.

Sexting Ghosts

Sexting Ghosts by Joanna C Valente

Joanna C Valente’s Sexting Ghosts is a powerful and inquisitive poetry collection.

The World Is My Rival

The World Is My Rival by Charlotte Seley

Charlotte Seley’s poetry collection The World Is My Rival is an impressive debut offering thought-provoking insight into heartbreak and existence.

also at Largehearted Boy:

list of online “best of 2018” book lists
list of essential and interesting 2018 year-end music lists

Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2018

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews

The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2019

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The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2019December is more than half over, and we at Stereogum are just about finished reviewing 2018’s musical highs and lows. Having listed just about every list that can be listed, it’s time set our sights on the future — also in list form, of course. Yes, reader: We are once again counting down … More »