September 3, 2014
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Croxall on Books

Brian Crane tackles a sidenote in “What To Read Next?” I wrote that

First, books are fun. Second, they’re powerful: if you master four or five books, for example, you know chemistry.

Crane asks, “Does the same idea apply to the humanities?” Science studies the world; since humanities tends to study books, we can’t simply take five books and say that’s enough. Do you have all the primary texts as givens; can you find four or five books that distill the essence of your field?

He does a nice job for American film and literature.