Norway’s Fifteen Minutes

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To be a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest — that yearly competition which undermines any notion of European cultural superiority — requires either a complete lack of aesthetic judgment or a strong sense of fun and irony. Just as Europeans can sneer at Super Bowl half-time shows and Las Vegas vaudeville acts, Americans can look on in wonder at sado-masochistic dance routines set to bouncy polka music, with enough smoke and flashing lights to give Donald Rumsfeld’s “shock and awe” a run for its money. Nevertheless, you have to hand it to Norway, which walked away with this year’s […]


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