The process of learning a culture—enculturation—is partly explicit but mostly implicit. The explicit part can be put into books and taught in seminars or classrooms. Most of culture is acquired by a process of absorption—by living and practicing the culture with those who already share it. No book, including this one, can replace the need to live a culture. But it is possible to use a book as a means of “sensitizing,” of preparing, a person for enculturation—shortening the time required to understand and begin integrating lived experiences.

— David West, Object Thinking