Amuse-Bouches [Links I Love]: May 1 – May 14

Here’s the latest list of stuff I found interesting on the interwebz, May 1 through May 14:

  • Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall
    Two things from this NY Times review of Storm Large’s recent appearance at Carnegie Hall stand out to me.

    1. I had no idea “popsier” was a word.


    Portland, people. PORTLAND.

    (I can only hope she did the fist-pumping to the orchestra after it was over, like she did in Detroit before walking offstage.)

    The orchestra shone throughout, but with “The Seven Deadly Sins,” Detroit inherited that show stealer Ms. Large, who is best known for her popsier work with Pink Martini and other bands. She was sensational in a Brecht-Weill experiment of dipping country innocence serially into urban decadence and seeing what comes out. What came out here was personality plus (the tattoo across Ms. Large’s back, for those who couldn’t make it out, read, “Lover”), and her voice came through the subtle miking fetchingly.

  • The Disapproval Matrix
    I love so many things about this chart, but perhaps my favorite bit is that "yourself" falls under the "Frenemies” quadrant – a critic that knows you, yes, but is also highly irrational.
  • Being a woman in Italy… in the Renaissance
    This month's Italy Roundtable topic is WOMEN, and who better to get us started than Alexandra with some historical perspective?
  • This Woman’s World
    Kate offers some lovely personal vignettes about life as a woman in Sicily – which I've always thought of as Italy intensified.
  • Italy Roundtable: In Memoriam
    Rebecca's contribution is a beautiful remembrance of a friend who died too young, and in so doing provided the inspiration to live life fearlessly.
  • (Wonder)women of Tuscany
    Our lone native Italian, Gloria, has a different perspective from the rest of us – which is one of the many reasons we love her.
  • Links to all of Italy’s Regional Tourism sites
    Thanks to my friend Alex for compiling this list of websites of the regional tourism offices in Italy!
  • The (Slightly More) Professional Guide to Working from Home
    This is cleverly written, but it's actually really good advice. And I'm not just saying that because I find I do most of these things already.

    (via Melanie Wynne)

  • What happens to our brains when we have stage fright
    This is mainly about public speaking, and getting over that fear by looking at the science behind it, but it seems applicable to singing, too. Pretty fascinating, actually.
  • How Three Kidnapped Women Escaped in Cleveland
    This story is astonishing. And this piece brought me to tears.

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