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Cass R. Sunstein, Fame and the Canon: Lessons From Connie Converse (with Notes on Liberalism) (2023).


Abstract: Connie Converse, a folksinger from the 1950s, is sometimes described as “the first singer-songwriter.” Her tale raises enduring questions about opportunity, what is lost and what is found, and the role of serendipity and luck. It also offers lessons about canon formation and reformation. It even has something to say about the foundations of liberalism.