If you have five minutes to spare, why not take a peek at J.K. Rowling’s Commencement Address for Harvard, titled The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination, at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. The topic addressed, the importance of imagination, is nothing new. Think metafiction, surfiction, speculative fiction, fantasy etc.; there is already a plethora of essays on the importance of it. But she has the authority as the one of the best-selling authors for this generation (never mind that she’s not the best fantasy author out there) and a few millions to boot.
P.S.: Her speech is copyrighted. Do not attempt to reproduce it without her permission or she’ll sue!