Can there be more to life than "Big Brother"? In City Journal, Jonathan Rose - author of an acclaimed book on working-class culture - puts the case for teaching the supposedly "irrelevant" classics:

"In the nineteenth century, Shakespeare could still attract enthusiastic, rowdy working-class audiences, who commented loudly about the quality of the performances. Caravans of barnstorming actors brought the plays to isolated mining villages. In response to popular demand, Birmingham's Theatre Royal devoted 30 percent of its repertoire to the Bard and other classic dramatists. In 1862, a theater manager provoked a near-riot when he attempted to substitute a modern comedy for an announced production of Othello."
(via Arts & Letters Daily)

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