There was a great article in the Washington Post the other day. The writer, Gene Weingarten, persuaded Joshua Bell, a world-famous violinist, to busk in a Washington D.C. metro station during rush hour. Normally, a Washingtonian might have to shell out $100 or so to hear Bell play. Would they stop to listen, maybe toss a couple of bucks into his violin case? What do you think?
I won't give away the story. Read it instead: Pearls Before Breakfast
It's a long article, but very well written and worth reading. It goes beyond the gimmick and raises some really interesting issues about art, context, and modern life. There are video clips integrated into the story, which struck me as a great idea. I wish I could have video clips in my books!