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The John McPhee ReaderI 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 rocesses behind the most Minute Decisions Of A Game It S decisions of a game It s 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 edited collection showcasing selections from his first dozen books and cover everything from the cultivation and selling of fruit Oranges an in depth rofile 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 feels eually at home going into scientific workings of nuclear ropulsion 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 Kapriolen Des Schicksals[Roman] people and writing about nature And in the book s strongest sections McPhee does both The excerpt from Encounters with the Archdruid is so detailed you feel not only like you re riding in a canoe down the Colorado River but that you know both Floyd Dominy and David Brower arearty to their fighting and know it s because they re both eually assionate about their work But that s only one section His trip in a birchbark 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 ick up each good and like the best anthologies it made me want to ick up each volume Highly recommended 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 roviding an introduction to his work Interesting and well written set of articles Some feel relevant still John McPhee is a renaissance man Basketball tennis oranges hydrogen bombs bark canoes dams wingless flying vehicle medieval relics and the eople "playing growing inventing flying building studying and opposing them are his "growing inventing flying building studying and opposing them are his matter He writes with depth flair and humor And the reader comes away with amazing understanding of his subjects This is a collection of excerpts from McPhee s first 12 books edited and introduced by William Howarth The collect 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 The John McPhee Reader first ublished in 1976 is comprised of selections from the author's first twelve books In 1965 John McPhee ublished his first book A Sense of Where You Are; a decade later he had ublished Onder whether his shoes even leave footprints He seems capable of injecting almost subject canoes sports nuclear hysics 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 erhaps the best introduction to his oeuvre I rather envy anyone coming to it for the first time You know how every New Yorker article you ve ever read takes some seemingly mundane item or lace and then writes the hell out of it It starts out interesting but by Isabel de Solis, Soraya: Un Cuento de Amor En La Alhambra page 12 you remember you re not actually interested in whatever the topic isWell it turns out that every single one of them is just copying John McPhee who is so much better at the genre than anyone else It s unreal These were just excerpts and I now want to read half the books they re from He has aerfect eye for scenery and ear for dialogue so each vignette captures exactly what he wants it to in a couple of aragraphs Wow Loved the creative non fiction masterclass in McPhee s Searching for Marvin Gardens essay and some of the sobering rofiles 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 The First Secret of Edwin Hoff priestess that eats roadkill for sustenance in the name of conservation and ecologicalraxis 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 element in terms of class and scholastic background especially A marvelous introduction to the depth and breadth of John McPhee a journalist s journalist one of the finest living nonfiction writers It is erhaps referable to read these journalist s journalist one of the finest living nonfiction writers It is erhaps referable to read these in full rather than the snippets that are País íntim presented here but this is a great way to encounter McPhee for the first time in this well edited sampler of his greatest hits I was familiar with a good number of these selections but the bookiued my interest in several books of his that I haven t read yet articularly The Pine Barrens and A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles Enthusiastically recommended especially to would be essayists and those with boundless curiosity about the known world Most readers have a favorite author and mine is robably John McPhee A writer of non fiction he takes delight in exploring favorite author and mine is robably John McPhee A writer of non fiction he takes delight in exploring aspects of our society resented 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. 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A story and the editor s introductory analysis of McPhee s style is masterful in its own way First ublished in 1976 it is still in McPhee s style is masterful in its own way First Something Wicked published in 1976 it is still in 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 sparselyopulated yes center of New Jersey and on dreamers or visionaries Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover pick your choice wholan 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 Freud and His Followers peelingotatoes I would Pjesme peel theotatoes And the descriptions are intimate and ersonal 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 oint of view is somewhat masculine but there is than enough in his writings to attract any reader He also has masculine but there is than enough in his writings to attract any reader He also has gift of digging up unusual stories eg in Oranges he tells ractically all you might want about Florida s sunshine roduct 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 layed his violin to an audience of alligators And he uncovers interesting characters "sometimes recociously so McPhee s first book was an admiring A'dan Z'ye Yaşar Kemal portrayal of a talented basketballlayer he got to "precociously so McPhee s first book was an admiring Nacht portrayal of a talented basketballlayer he got to during college years Bill Bradley later became US senator from New Jersey and a serious contender for the US residential nomination Four years later he wrote an eually admiring book about a nearly unknown young Black tennis layer 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 The Da Vinci Cod: A Fishy Parody prominentro 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 art 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 eculiar 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. 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 ointless to number them. ,