Dana Gioia says, "I don't think that Americans were smarter then, but American culture was."
June 26, 2007 10:38 AM Subscribe
Fifty years ago, I suspect that along with Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Sandy Koufax, most Americans could have named, at the very least, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Arthur Miller, Thornton Wilder, Georgia O'Keeffe, Leonard Bernstein, Leontyne Price, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Not to mention scientists and thinkers like Linus Pauling, Jonas Salk, Rachel Carson, Margaret Mead, and especially Dr. Alfred Kinsey.The prepared text of the speech delivered by Dana Gioia at Stanford University Commencement on June 17, 2007.
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