One of the great works of the late 20th century, the Chamber Symphony by John Adams is not yet well known, even among musicians. It can be a difficult work to wrap one's head around, given its highly original and eclectic nature, but is well worth the effort. In that spirit, here is a general overview with comments on each of three movements intended to deconstruct the piece a little bit, and to give those interested a few frames of reference for all that sound.
I really like this passage in NY Times wine writer Eric Asimov's July 7 blog post. What really struck me was the universal applicability of these paragraphs, the third one in particular. Change a few words and he could be admonishing just about anybody.
An extremely awesome Flash cartoon. Somewhat of a classic, as these things go.
(WARNING: Mature language. And irreverent humor.)