Richard Wagner photo

Who can explain why people with stinking rotten ideologies like racism & antisemitism can produce magnificent art? But if we had to excise all those who have combined hate & art, it would be a considerable body of works. It makes sense that Jews would recoil from listening to Richard Wagner because he so inspired Hitler but if you listen to his operas without knowing his politics, they are truly majestic. I was introduced to them by a boyfriend & Das Rheingold, Der Ring des Nibelungen, & Tristan und Isolde are as thrilling to me now as when I first heard them in my 20s.