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In Brief: May Day Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.
  • Embedded in a long, funny bit about a crazy flowchart that was supposed to be the solution to ending the war in Afghanistan is a theremin joke. Yes, Jon Stewart! [The Daily Show]

  • Check out the story of Joey Baker, a local kid at Suitland High School with aspirations (and potential) to be an opera singer. Favorite quote: "Son, you can't say 'George Handel,' " he said at one point. "You either say 'Handel' or 'George Frideric Handel.'" [Washington Post]

  • Hahaha. John Adams reports on the newest innovation for audience comfort at the New York Philharmonic: a high-speed people-mover that will whisk subscribers who hate contemporary music quickly out of the hall. [Hell Mouth]

  • All hail to the newest province of Lawrence Johnson's media empire. [The Classical Review]

  • Some links to marvelous videos about (and featuring) favorite poet Philip Larkin. [Maud Newton]

  • Hilton Als had a brilliant piece last week on the work of Tyler Perry, especially his Madea character. [The New Yorker]

  • What is the worst cancer in the opera world today? Regietheater productions? Star cancellations? Rising ticket prices and lowered expectations? Same old repertory? No, says tenor Marcelo Álvarez, it's the negative criticism of opera bloggers. [The Times]

  • Ever wondered about the Greek-style disposable coffee cup you were served in New York (or see on TV cop shows that take place in New York)? It was designed by Leslie Buck, who passed away this week. [Gothamist]

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