A field of cleared or open ground is presumed to have some purpose: a cornfield, a pasture field, a minefield, and a fallow field all have their special jobs to do. Even a field of wildflowers is so described because of its value as a spectacle; otherwise it would just be a meadow. And so it is that field has crept increasingly into our language as a means of describing a specific area of cultivation, albeit of culture or the mind: the field of anthropology and a baseball field share in common the task of drawing each one’s adherents into a dedication to its unified purpose.

Barbara Kingsolver