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Unformatted text preview: 2010 World Policy Institute 1 The Global Canon This special edition of World Policy Journal has been two years in the making. In the fall of 2008, we assigned the novelist and screenwriter Warren Adler to speculate on the world of literature and creativity in 25 years. Almost as an aside, Adler suggested that whatever the nature of creative expression, there is one certaintythat there will never be a Global Canon. The Western Canon, which has held sway since the time of Chaucer and Shakespeare, will continue to provide inspiration to the worlds writers and thinkers for the foreseeable future, Adler wrote, and certainly for the next quarter century. We had more readers comment on this single, passing remark than any other we have published in recent years. We wanted to take a moment (or, actually, half of this issue) to examine this idea in depth, from the perspective of those who create and are, in turn, influenced by the work of their peers and those who have gone before them. Is there, as World Policy Journal suggests in every issue, a truly global network of creativitynot only in the written word, but in art, drama, music, film, television and beyond? The answers arrived and the results, we believe, will surprise and entertain. For the first time in our quarter century as a publication, we consider poetry, music, painting, internet art,...
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