Mary Douglas: A very personal method — Anthropological writings drawn from life

A very good read — most of it (though I had to plod through some of the essays).

Here are a couple of samples of the writing.

On Levi-Strauss:

He thus claims to have answered the sphinx, unscrewed the inscrutable and effed the ineffable.

On her grandmother:

Sometimes I see her, unexpectedly in a crowded street. I turn a corner and there is someone coming towards me, someone very familiar, someone I am glad to see. I smile, and she smiles back — it is my grandmother! A split second later I realize it is my own reflection in the polished glass of a shop window.

A good one!

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