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Fri January 11, 2013
The Last Word In Business
Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:35 am
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
And today's last word in business is being set to music. Truth really is stranger than fiction, which is how a TV interview with President Richard Nixon could become a famous play, and how The New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright could create a forthcoming play on the Camp David accords. Now, an international Twitter war is becoming an opera.
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
Last summer the New York Times columnist Paul Krugman criticized the economic austerity of Estonia.
INSKEEP: The Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves was furious.
MONTAGNE: He went on Twitter to declare quote, "Let's write about something we know nothing about and be smug, overbearing and patronizing." More presidential tweets followed - some laced with profanity.
INSKEEP: Now a composer and a financial journalist have teamed up to produce an opera based on this exchange. The verbal fireworks can now be sung. Something like, you know, (Singing) You're overbearing, patronizing, you know nothing.
MONTAGNE: Well, it will only have 15 minutes though, when it premieres in Estonia this April.
(SOUNDBITE OF THEME FROM "STAR WARS")
INSKEEP: Oh, that's beautiful. And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.
MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.