Dateline: New York City, 1949. There's a great dispute between fans of two famous entertainment titans of the time. There's a riot, and 25 people die in a hail of police gunfire.
What could this be about? 19th century soccer hooligans? Favored music hall singers?
More specifically, a dispute over Shakespearian acting styles.
Listen to this wonderful NPR interview with the author of a book about the incident, which illustrates a time before there was a gulf between high-brow and popular culture, and when Shakespeare was widely perceived as entertainment for the people.
Follow the link to Brainy Gamer (well worth bookmarking for anyone who is interested in intelligent analysis of gaming issues) and check out his links on the subject (which are at the end of the linked post). Fascinating stuff.
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