You re riding in a canoe down the Colorado River but that You Know Both Floyd know both Floyd and David Brower are party to their fighting and know it s because they re both ually passionate about their work But that s #Only One Section His Trip In A #one section His trip in a canoe is just as good as a working vacation to a Scottish island It s all good and like the best anthologies it made me want to pick up Vermeer to Eternity each individual volume Highly recommended A marvelous introduction to the depth and breadth of John McPhee a journalist s journalist one of the finest living nonfiction writers It is perhaps preferable to read these books in full rather than the snippets that are presented here but this is a great way toncounter McPhee for the first time in this well Heaven to Betsy edited sampler of his greatest hits I was familiar with a good number of these selections but the book piued my interest in several books of his that I haven t read yet particularly The Pine Barrens and A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles Enthusiastically recommendedspecially to would be So B. It essayists and those with boundless curiosity about the known world McPhee is ideal for readers who have outgrown Hunter S Thompson and seen through Tom Wolfe He is sometimes dragooned into the ranks of the New Journalists wrongly Unusual for an American writer McPhee is so selfffacing you wonder whether his shoes Cabaret even leave footprints He seems capable of injecting almost subject canoes sports nuclear physics oranges with interest and he writes with an unflashy uietly stylish grace This is a collection ofxcerpts from McPhee s first twelve books and is perhaps the best introduction to his oeuvre I rather nvy anyone coming to it for the first time I realize that giving five stars to a reader is sort of like saying that some band s greatest hits album is your favorite CD That said I think that John McPhee is one of the two
best american reporters along with studs terkel and American reporters along with Studs Terkel and this collection does a great job of providing an introduction to his work Most readers have a favorite author and mine is probably John McPhee A writer of non fiction he takes delight in xploring unconventional aspects of our society presented through colorful individuals and described in crisp and scintillating language This book is a sampler containing xcerpts from a dozen books an admirable introduction for anyone new to McPhee s style Collections like this are often disjointed and fragmentary but not here ach section stands on its own Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice each is a minor masterpieceach tells a story and the ditor s introductory analysis of McPhee s style is masterful in its own way First published in 1976 it is still in print like other books by McPhee He wrote many after that about Alaska about the geology of the western US three books a bit heavy with geology jargon about an ocean trip with the US merchant marine also stories about bears in New Jersey about attempts to contain the mighty Mississippi and lava flows on Iceland Leven others His fertility his precision and grace as a stylist his wit and uncanny brilliance in choosing subject matter his crack storytelling skills have made him into one of our best writers a journalist whom LE. Interesting and well written set of articles Some feel relevant still I read what I wanted to out of this it s nice that the book covers a wide range of topics I like his sportswriting the most it really digs into the thought processes behind the most minute decisions of a game Loved the creative non fiction masterclass IN MCPHEE S SEARCHING FOR MARVIN GARDENS ESSAY AND McPhee s Searching for Marvin Gardens ssay and of the sobering profiles like the implications of nuclear #Technology In The Future #in the future Curve of Binding Energy down to the day to day life of a sort of savant yokel priestess that The Bookshop on the Shore eats roadkill for sustenance in the name of conservation andcological praxis Travels In GeorgiaDidn t really care for the sections borne out of his northeastern ivy league boarding school lens so I skimmed the sections of his biographical writing and was far interested in his way of seeing issues and topics far out of his lement in terms of class and scholastic background specially John McPhee is a renaissance man Basketball tennis oranges hydrogen bombs bark canoes dams wingless flying vehicle medieval relics and the people playing growing inventing flying building studying and opposing them are his subject matter He writes with depth flair and
humor And the reader comes away with amazing understanding of his subjects This is a collection of xcerpts from McPhee And the reader comes away with amazing understanding of his subjects This is a collection of xcerpts from McPhee first 12 books The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life edited and introduced by William Howarth The collection was published in 1976 Bill Bradley went on to be US Senator and I suspect the orange industry in Florida has changed So far we haven t tried space flight powered by hydrogen bombs The story of McPhee visiting the World Trade Center in thearly 70 s with a physicist who xplains how the building could be brought down by a small asily assembled nuclear bomb was horrifyingly erie I had to trudge through some of these and others were amazing It s probably a cliche to say that John McPhee is a writer s writer but that s only because he never seems to have the same acclaim among casual readers And as this collection shows that s a damn shameThe first John McPhee reader is a well dited collection showcasing selections from his first dozen books and cover PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition everything from the cultivation and selling of fruit Oranges an in depth profile of two tennis stars Levels of the Game the uirky scientists who design and built atomic bombs The Curve of Binding Energy the head of the Metropolitan Museum of Art A Roomful of Hovings and Taken as a whole it s nothing short of stunning that McPhee is able to cover to much ground and do it all so well he feelsually at home going into scientific workings of nuclear propulsion as he does writing about basketball Of course as anybody who s read McPhee before knows the core of this book is based around two kinds of writing writing about people and writing about nature And in the book s strongest sections McPhee does both The xcerpt from Encounters with the Archdruid is so detailed you feel not only like. The John McPhee Reader first published in 1976 is comprised of selections from the author's first twelve books In 1965 John McPhee published his first book A Sense of Where You Are; a decade later he had published ,
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Nd so forth up to his recent Ransom of Russian Art his twenty third As the above list shows McPhee s interests are rather wide ranging The books xcerpted here touch on canoeing in Maine on travels through the sparsely populated yes center of New Jersey and on dreamers or visionaries pick your choice who plan trips to the stars by controlled atomic xplosions and others who fly a craft that is a hybrid between an airplane and an airship All these sparkle with apt metaphors Generally speaking if I had a hybrid between an airplane
And An Airship Allan airship All sparkle with apt metaphors Generally speaking if I had choice between hiking and peeling potatoes I would peel the potatoes And the descriptions are intimate and personal all are based on first hand xperiences by McPhee as he follows his subjects wherever they take him "i ought to admit here that his point "ought to admit here that his point view is somewhat masculine but there is than nough in his writings to attract any reader He also has the gift of digging up unusual stories g in Oranges he tells practically all you might want about Florida s sunshine product You not only learn the ins and outs of Indian River oranges it s a lagoon not a river but also how Ossian B Hart later governor of the state played his violin to an audience of alligators And he uncovers interesting characters sometimes precociously so McPhee s first book was an admiring portrayal of a talented basketball player he got to know during college years Bill Bradley later became US senator from New Jersey and a serious contender for the US presidential nomination Four years later he wrote an ually admiring book about a nearly unknown young Black tennis player from Richmond Virginia Arthur Ashe And in Travels in Georgia a wilderness adventure he describes his meeting with Governor Jimmy Carter All these are included here as is an ncounter between David Brouwer head of the Sierra Club and an opponent of Brouwer a prominent pro development westerner Both were invited by McPhee to share a rafting trip down the Grand Canyon And much much In The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl each generation only a handful of booksndure and become part of the literary heritage handed down from generation to generation It is too Exile and Pilgrim early to tell but McPhee s writings may wellnd up in this class A century hence if anyone would like to understand the peculiar creativity that made twentieth century America the great country it is he might well find the clearest answer in McPhee s true to life xplorations You know how very New Yorker article you ve Hannah Montana: The Movie ever read takes some seemingly mundane item or place and then writes the hell out of it It starts out interesting but by page 12 you remember you re not actually interested in whatever the topic isWell it turns out thatvery single one of them is just copying John McPhee who is so much better at the genre than anyone lse It s unreal These were just xcerpts and I now want to read half the books they re from He has a perfect ye for scenery and ar for dialogue so ach vignette captures xactly what he wants it to in a couple of paragraphs Wow. Sissman ranked with Liebling and Mencken who Geoffrey Wolff said is bringing his work to levels that have no measurable limit who has been called a master craftsman so many times that it is pointless to number them.