The British tend to think of poetry as a matter of economy, of compression. Dylan, like Whitman, like America, sees it as an occasion for extension. And why not? Life should be extended. That's what stories are all about.
President Obama predicts the American-India relationship would be "one of the defining partnerships of the twenty-first century." No doubt. But our two nations have already been trading ideas for over two centuries.
Angle and Vitter pull out all the stops with race-baiting immigration ads. Dobbs pulls a Whitman. Fiorina hits Boxer for voting against immigration reform that Fiorina opposes. Politicos wonder: Will Latino voters turn out?
The 'either you are with us or against us' election strategy created a paradigm much too simple for today's world. We cannot strip down who is going to govern this country to one question: Are you blue or are you red?