A clown at a birthday party, a Broadway show, your friends fighting over the last potato chip–all are forms of entertainment. Originally, the word meant to keep company with someone but soon came to refer to any kind of amusement or distraction. The stories of Scheherazade, the Persian professional storyteller, are especially powerful examples of the power of narrative to entertain. They have been adapted into an orchestral work by Rimsky-Korsakov, into a film by Pasolini, and into innovative video games.
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