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In Brief

LinksHere is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.

  • Is Mark Adamo the right person to save New York City Opera? [Mark Adamo Online]

  • I know what Amanda Ameer is saying about being tired of sending CDs, but when someone downloads music -- as I do, plenty of it, for reviews -- isn't he just going to ... burn it onto CDs? Put me down in the column of people who prefer commercial CDs, already in a jewel box and with a beautiful liner booklet. [Life's a Pitch]

  • Put Boris Giltburg on your list of pianists to watch for. [Jessica Duchen]

  • With hat tip to Maud Newton, the correspondence between Michel Houellebecq and Bernard-Henri Lévy: "Everything, they say, separates us -- with the exception of one fundamental point: we are both rather despicable individuals." [Harper's]

  • Tyler Green seems to have more ideas for the Corcoran's future than the Corcoran does. [Modern Art Notes]

  • American directors are unlikely to set their movies in France, probably for a lot of reasons. To try to change that, Film France, a promotional organization associated with the French National Film Commission, treated ten American screenwriters (including Michael Dougherty and Rita Hsiao) to a grand tour of possible locations in Paris and Marseille. Rooms at the Hôtel Meurice, dinners at the Café Marly (a favorite of mine, tucked out of the way in the Louvre) and Alain Ducasse. Acknowledging that Quentin Tarantino's most recent movie, Inglorious Bastards, which was supposed to be set mostly in Paris, was actually shot in Berlin for cost reasons, the organization is even discussing offering financial incentives to draw the American movie business to France. [Le Figaro]

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