Russell Shorto

The Unique Way the Dutch Mourn


by Russell Shorto

July 23, 2014

A cultural conundrum that I struggled to comprehend during my six years of living in Amsterdam concerned the Dutch attitude toward celebrities. They are passionate about their own celebrities – far more than about Hollywood stars, which is fair enough – but in the midst of intensely gossiping about a homegrown film or sports personality, they will suddenly turn blasĂ©, as if the celeb were a mere family member who had started to become uppity.