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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 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 self effacing you wonder whether his shoes 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 of excerpts from McPhee s first twelve books and is perhaps the best introduction to his oeuvre I rather envy anyone coming to it for the first time

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The John McPhee Reader

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 e Most readers have a favorite author and mine is probably John McPhee A writer of non fiction he takes delight in exploring unconventional aspects of our society presented through colorful individuals and described in crisp and scintillating language This book is a sampler containing excerpts 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 each section stands on its own each is a minor masterpiece each tells a story and the editor 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 and 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 excerpted 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 explosions 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 choice between hiking and peeling potatoes I would peel the potatoes And the descriptions are intimate and personal all are based on first hand experiences by McPhee as he follows his subjects wherever they take him I ought to admit here that his point of view is somewhat masculine but there is than enough in his writings to attract any reader He also has the gift of digging up unusual stories eg 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 eually 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 encounter 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 each generation only a handful of books endure and become part of the literary heritage handed down from generation to generation It is too early to tell but McPhee s writings may well end 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 explorations

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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 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


10 thoughts on “The John McPhee Reader

  1. says:

    You know how every New Yorker article you've ever read takes some seemingly mundane item or place and then writes the hell out of it

  2. says:

    Most readers have a favorite author and mine is probably John McPhee A writer of non fiction he takes delight in

  3. says:

    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 that this collection does a great job of providing an introduction to his work

  4. says:

    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 self effacing you w

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    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 r

  7. says:

    John McPhee is a renaissance man Basketball tennis oranges hydrogen bombs bark canoes dams wingless flying vehicle medieval

  8. says:

    Loved the creative non fiction masterclass in McPhee’s “Searching for Marvin Gardens” essay and some of the sobering profiles like the implications of nuclear technology in the future The Curve of Binding Energy down to the day to day life of a sort of savant yokel priestess that eats roadkill for sustena

  9. says:

    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 mos

  10. says:

    Interesting and well written set of articles Some feel relevant still

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