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February 3, 2010

Largehearted Boy's Eighth Birthday

Last Friday was the eighth anniversary of Largehearted Boy, and the last eight years have given me much to be thankful for.

Blogging has transformed my life. I have never been more happier (or fulfilled) both personally and professionally since I left my cubicle behind and struck out on my own with Largehearted Boy and a handful of freelance projects.

Thank you to the readers who visit the site daily, your comments and e-mails always brighten my day. Thanks for spreading the word about the blog.

Special thanks go to Largehearted Boy's contributors. The authors and musicians who contribute to the Book Notes, Note Books, Soundtracked, interviews, and other series continue to amaze me with their insights and essays.

Jami Attenberg has been a special inspiration in the past year. Her Antiheroines series of cartoonist interviews is always surprising and fun, and her curating the Largehearted Lit reading series was both flattering and a perfect fit. I couldn't ask for a better Largehearted Boy contributor, Jami's unending support of the arts combined with her amazing writing talent makes her truly an inspiration.

Thanks to the publicists, musicians, record labels, publishers, and writers who send music and books my way. Discovering that wonderful album or book that I never knew existed always brings a smile to my face.

This year one of my goals is to better support community-minded independent businesses. With that in mind, two new series have launched this year, Atomic Books Comics Preview and Largehearted WORD. I have great admiration for both Baltimore's Atomic Books and Brooklyn's WORD bookstore and am both proud and thankful to have them contribute weekly comics & book highlights to the blog.

I hope to continue to share the music and literature I love (and that wonderful part of the Venn diagram where they converge) for years. Thanks for reading.

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