I've decided to start a new meme (or try to start one) and a rather short one at that. This one is named for (And in honor of) Terry Teachout, who wrote today on his blog About Last Night the following:
[Birth of a Nation] is the quintessential example of a work of art that has fulfilled its historical purpose and can now be put aside permanently—and I don’t give a damn about history, at least not in my capacity as an aesthete. I care only for the validity of the immediate experience.
So let me ask you, dear reader:
What are three films you think have fulfilled their historical purpose and can now be put aside permanently?
What are three authors or books you think have fulfilled their historical purpose and can now be put aside permanently?
See, I told it would be short.