Remember Sophie's Choice?  William Styron's 1979 novel, and the movie that followed three years later horrified readers with the story of a woman forced to choose which of her children would die in an Auschwitz gas chamber.

The good news is that we are rarely called to make decisions that horrific in our everyday lives.

"Imagination is an active power in the world that shapes how people live their lives"

So does anthropology need to rethink itself as more closely connected to art and literature - or even philosophy - than the social sciences?

Fictionalizing Anthropology: Encounters and Fabulations at the Edges of the Human is published by the University of Minnesota Press.