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When Bob Dylan met Walt Whitman
When Bob Dylan met Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman might have gotten a good laugh out of this. I know I did. I mention Whitman because of a recent incident at the rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike named after him, a place offering food that didn't exist in Whitman's time and a stream of vehicles that would have terrified the most American of our poets, a versifier who dreamed of our nation's lofty promises and luscious possibilities. One thing Whitman didn't dream about was how, more than a century after his death, a pit stop along a massive highway would affirm my pet peeve about the cultural and historical amnesia of Americans. While waiting in line to pay for a candy bar, I heard the usual music...