Explain what Faber means when he says to Montag, "It's not the books you need, it's some of the things that were once in books." 

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In "Part Two: The Sieve and the Sand," Montag is having a conversation with Faber, and Faber tells Montag that he is a hopeless romantic. Faber says, "It's not the books you need, it's some of the things that were once in books" (Bradbury 78). Faber is talking about the "infinite detail" that books had the ability to capture and mentions to Montag that books were only one medium in which life was depicted. Faber comments that the "things" in books were also found in radios, televisions, movies, and old photographs. The minute details, quality of life, memories, and genuine feelings were stored and expressed many ways. Montag is in search of anything that is unapologetically real and critical. Music used to harness feelings, photographs captured vivid images of the world, television shows depicted reality, movies pushed boundaries, and books challenged authority. Faber understands Montag's frustration and urge to experience anything genuine and thorough. These experiences were once available in various formats, not just found in books.

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