John McPhee C/D

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Fell asleep early evening and was up half the night, so read the long new McPhee piece, part of a larger memoir about writing.

Always enjoy reading his work, except when I get distracted by the ultrafine precision of the writing.

tbd (Eazy), Thursday, 9 January 2014 16:31 (seven years ago) link

mcphee owns. annals of the former world is a great book with an attractive spine

adam, Thursday, 9 January 2014 16:43 (seven years ago) link

have only read 'oranges,' but found it very enjoyable.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 9 January 2014 17:06 (seven years ago) link

McPhee is classic all the way. Sometimes his subject matter is not quite as scintillating as it might be, but he has the ability to find and communicate whatever interest there is to be had in it and he always does it with master craftsmanship. I second the admiration for Annals of the Former World, where he escaped the surly bounds of magazine feature writing and tackled an epic subject.

Aimless, Thursday, 9 January 2014 17:49 (seven years ago) link

coming into the country is grebt iirc

mookieproof, Thursday, 9 January 2014 18:04 (seven years ago) link

he inspired my MA thesis (on american creative nonfiction) so classic all the way

the Shearer of simulated snowsex etc. (Dwight Yorke), Thursday, 9 January 2014 20:13 (seven years ago) link

I think I read something about cranberries in New Jersey? Seriously, I don't remember what it was off hand. I like McPhee but I read next to nothing these days for literary values, and his topics aren't the ones that interest me currently. But I'm sure most of his books would be enjoyable to read.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 9 January 2014 21:54 (seven years ago) link

seven years pass...

Reading Pine Barrens now and it’s lovely. Did he ever write anything about New York State, or is there anything of a similar style worth reading that’s set in NY (sort of semi-narrative placeology, a little ecology, a little history, a little anthropology and political economy all mixed together in fine prose)

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 01:47 (six months ago) link

three months pass...

Not very much! He's deep New Jersey. "Giving Good Weight" is a nice short piece about the greenmarket. There are some New Yorky bits in In Suspect Terrain.

subpoena colada (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 13 August 2021 14:33 (three months ago) link


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