In a world where time spent chasing the next promotion or paying the bills can become tedious, entertainment provides a much-needed respite. Whether it’s a clown at your child’s birthday party, the Broadway show or a stadium rock concert, entertaiment offers the chance to laugh, play and forget our worries for a short while. And these experiences can have lasting impact. The Scheherazade story, for instance, has inspired many retellings in different media, including musical compositions by Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel, film directors Pasolini and Bergman, and innovative video games.

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