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I mean music theory, here. It is funny that what goes by the name music theory would be, in literature, the equivalent of prosody and plot c...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I'm sure other fields have comparable features, but one thing that strikes me about mine is that I must know vast swaths of material while at the same time paying attention to extremely minute detail about certain parts of this territory. I can't just know the overall map of the territory without knowing specific details. At the same time, I could study small areas of land forever and never get to a point where I had a grasp of the territory.

So I might want to read 9,000 books of poetry, but could also spend an hour or two with a single poem.

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