When We Allow the Imagination to Roam Free

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At The New Yorker, Saturday Rumpus editor Michelle Dean explores what Mitt Romney might learn from Wallace Stevens.

“This embedded idea, that there was something liberating in the elimination of risk, led Stevens to write approvingly in that company journal of social insurance in Italy, Germany, and England. For Stevens, these policies embodied the ideal that in order to imagine the better world, you needed to have some semblance of a foothold.”


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →