How would you compare the work of an anthropologist with that of a novelist?
I think they are almost the same thing. Both a novelist and an anthropologist ask the same thing: How do people live? Mead said in a New Yorker interview: “The whole world is my field.” A writer would say the exact same thing. (Lily King)
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