Before she became famous and completely fabulous in The Dresden Dolls,
Amanda Palmer worked as a street performer in Harvard Square. She was
the Eight Foot Tall Bride, towering over everyone in front of Holyoke
Center, looking Kabuki-weird-and-white. In a recent conversation about
whatever decline is happening in Harvard Square she said, "Mimes are
the canaries in the coal mine. When I talk to street performers they
want to work around Quincy Market. Harvard Square is not a good place
because there aren't that many people."