Graduate school means a lot of books. Poetry and political statements. A blurry line pervades fiction and non-fiction. Is the world getting clearer or only more complex?

In story, we imagine. We are entertained. We are studied. As children and animals, sometimes furniture.

Propositions and statements proclaim and purport. Laws and documentation. Scrolls and decrees.

Ideas are bandied around.

Sonnets bounce off the walls and musical chairs.

Before television and the internet. A guide for better or worse.