For her to snipe “Whoo AHH thehh?” at a group that included Martin Bernheimer, for instance, is ugly and arrogant. There are critics who are as talented in their field as Norman was in hers, and who devote every inch as much passion and commitment to their art as she did to hers.

And everyone knows that singers who “never read their reviews” are by far the most likely to read their reviews.

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