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In Brief: The Pope Tweets Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.
  • Shootout to end the Wings-Wild shootout on January 21, finally goes in Detroit's favor, in spite of Mike Leggo's officiating. [YouTube]

  • French films are down in popularity with audiences around the world: recent figures say that ticket sales declined by 22% last year. What were the top 10 highest-selling movies from France in the first decade of the 21st century? After a couple that sold at the 20 million mark -- Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (2000) and La Marche de l'empereur (2004) -- the rest of the decade was pretty dismal for sales, although the films from no. 5 down I really liked. [Le Monde]

  • All I can say about this photo is, "Whoa!" It is a phenomenon called "hair ice," and it's news to me. [Boing Boing]

  • In Defense of Music Critics. [The Detritus Review]

  • Fryderyk Chopin was born two hundred years ago this year. You are going to be listening to a lot of his music all year long, so you may as well start now. Here is an embedded track of Maryla Jonas playing one of the mazurkas, op. 68, no. 3. It's technically simple enough that I have taught it to many intermediate students, but what is so hard to capture is the wistful sense of Heimweh. Lovely performance, with some background on the performer. [Waggish]

  • You may remember my review of Matt Haimovitz's Figment program last fall, which I found problematic. It is always good to read another perspective, in this case on a more recent performance of the program, this time with some Baroque music thrown in (an excellent idea), in Seattle. [The Gathering Note]

  • Once classical music gets in on some new trend, it must be on its last legs of popularity. Once the Vatican gets to it, it must be a fossil. R.I.P. Twitter. [National Catholic Register]

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