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New Yorker: The assassination of J.F.K., fifty years later

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And he cops, with no attribution, his first sentence from Norman O. Brown:

"Poets are not the unacknowledged legislators of the world, lucky for us, but they can be worldly judges of poetic legislators."

Norman O. Brown said in his address “Apocalypse: The Place of Mystery in the Life of the Mind,” which he delivered at Columbia university in 1960:

"And so there comes a time – I believe we are in such a time – when civilization has to be renewed by the discovery of new mysteries, by the undemocratic but sovereign power of imagination, by the undemocratic power which makes poets the unacknowledged legislators of mankind, the power which makes all things new."

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