Renee Fleming

Jay Nordlinger talks to Renee Fleming–an American soprano, one of my favourite artists, and “one of the most important singers in the world”.

The Strange Happiness of Germans in the West

To Germans, caution and frugality are signifiers of great moral character. Sure, they favor high-quality consumer goods—but they deliberate on what to buy for years, and expect their possessions to last for decades, from Birkenstocks to $7,000 Miele ovens to Mercedes sedans. Yes, Germany has its super-rich citizens. But most of them, such as the late Albrecht brothers of the Aldi grocery empire, are notoriously reclusive—perhaps because extreme wealth is considered tacky.

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