Combing the Net – 5/7/2012

Top 10 Most Read Books in the World — Actually, the title of this infographic is a little misleading, as it is really based on the number of books printed and sold in the last 50 years. Something tells me all those copies of Bibles (and, for that matter, the Quotations from Chairman Mao) are not being read as much as much as they are sitting on shelves. Even those of us who do read our Bibles regularly probably have multiple copies of God’s Word that are padding the stats. Still, I’ve read 70% of this list.

A History of Modern America in Fifteen Cars — A pretty neat Newsweek photoessay based on Paul Ingrassia’s new book Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars.

Hear the Nashville Symphony FREE Tomorrow Night — The Nashville Symphony is preparing to perform a rarely performed orchestral work by Charles Ives. The concert will take place on Saturday in New York’s Carnegie Hall, but the orchestra is hosting an open rehearsal tomorrow at 7:00. If you missed the performances that were in Nashville last week, this may be your last opportunity to hear it! Here is a video of NSO Associate Conductor Kelly Corcoran explaining how to listen to Ives’ “Universe Symphony” when there is so much going on (over 100 musicians watching 5 conductors who are all conducting at different tempos):

The Nashville Symphony is Wonderfully Wierd — Here’s an NPR story about this NSO concert, which is full of unique and adventurous pieces.

Sticking with the music theme of the morning, here’s a video I didn’t think I’d ever see: the Canadian Brass performing an arrangement of Lady Gaga’s hit “Bad Romance”!

For the record, this is now my second favorite video featuring Lady Gaga. To see the first, click here.

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