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S way of leading the reader patiently down into the weeds of whatever topic he has chosen and once he is down there teaching you something I didn t give this collection a high rating because unlike Coming Into the Country it had no thematic through line Silk Parachute is a collection of random ssays from the New Yorker and they are The Lost Queen (Faerie Path, each insularly delightful but do not really make an impression as a whole unless you are student of McPhee s style But for this alone I would recommend the book McPhee is a good reminder that you don t have to do anything fancy to write with poise and beauty This is the cool stuff that they don t teach in school Rattlesnakes for all theirvolutionary perfection are not the brightest creatures If a line of people walks past a rattlesnake it aims at the first person strikes at the second and hits the third In the way that a placer miner can look at a nugget and say Two delightful long To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid Gemma James, essays and 8 short ones that simply tantalize Season on the Chalk compresses history and geology of chalk in England and continental Europe in a fine thread with surprising people andvents from the Romans who build much with chalk to modern champaign arbors which depend on chalk holding water Spin Right and Shoot Left is a fun ride on the history of lacrosse Like a good chef McPhee makes a reliably good dish out of available ingredients at hand making a lie out of any initial perspective that you know nothing about and care little about lacrosse Started by the Iriuois Nations in the 19th century how was it that it was adopted first by Ivy League and prep schools then moved to hotbeds Balti Long Island and Colorado then grew To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid Gemma James, exponentially Between 2007 and 2009 600 new public high schools adopted the sport Read and learn about how it has affinity with basketball than any other sport I just love McPhee I found myself reading a longssay on lacrosse with deep almost motional interest And lacrosse has never appealed to me before That s what great writing can doBut my favorite pieces are two short memoir type ssays one on canoeing and one the title The Serpent of Venice essayI fervently hope Mr McPhee never dies It s a landscape with the aspect of memoryLaura McPhee or Virginia Beahan talking about the landscape around Trenton NJ I m not sure whoxactly is being uoted it might be a slight narrative allusion to the title and subject of this Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels, essay and McPhee is playing with the reader a bit in Under the Cloth by John McPheeI bought this book almost 8 years ago I m not sure why I didn t read it in 2010 It was shelved next to the remaining 8 9 McPhee books I haven t read and not forgotten just posponed Well I jumped back into reading McPhee again I can t sip McPhee he is best consumed in large uantities untilxhausted I was sent a copy of his most recent book of Kiss of Surrender (Deadly Angels, essays The Patch And it got me rolling again I want to finish catch up complete McPhee before he is 90 March 8 2021 So I need to get to work again The book consists of several sixssays that appeared in the New Yorker no surprise to ANYONE the least bit familiar with The Weirdstone of Brisingamen either the New Yorker or McPhee It also begins andnds with short Vastarien, Vol. 1, Issue 1 (English Edition) essays and also includes a couplessays not found outside this book that I can find1 Silk Parachute A short beautiful introductory Rain (Paper Gods, essay about his mother and childhood2 Season on the Chalk 31220073 Swimming with Canoes 81019984 Warming the Jump Seat A shortssay about writing about Mr Boyden headmaster of Deerfield Academy profiled in two articles in the New Yorker in 1966 and Winters Passage (The Iron Fey, eventually put into a book published by FSG titled The Headmaster Frank L Boyden of Deerfield 5 Spin Right and Shoot Left 32320096 Under the Cloth Anssay about the dual photography of McPhee s daughter Laura I just ordered a couple of her books on and Virginia Beahan a formversion of this The Replacement Wife essay originally appeared as an afterword in their book of photographs titled No Ordinary Land Encounters in a Changing Environment I was happy to see that Ariel Katz in her wonderfulssay Photography and Language in John McPhee s Under the Clot. Ra photography the weird foods he has sometimes been served in the course of his reportorial travels a US Open golf championship and a season in Europe on the chalk from the downs and sea cliffs of England to the Maas valley in the Netherlands and the champagne country of northern France Some of the pieces are wholly personal In luminous recollections of his Damned (Witch Hunt early years forxample he goes on outings with
The amazing thing about John McPhee is that he can hold one s attention The Bluebird Bet (Welcome to Tall Pines even when the subject matter is not otherwise interesting The longestssays in Silk Parachute are about lacrosse and golf neither of which sports is to my taste Yet the great mass of details he presents somehow make the reader wonder what s next That is no mean talentTo date I have read a dozen of McPhee s books and I m not finished yet A friend mentioned this book back in March saying she d read a review of it that made her think she d like it and wondering if I d heard of McPhee Since he writes for the New Yorker and I m one of those New Yorker subscribers who reads Hot-Blooded Italians every single articleven if it doesn t immediately seem to be about something I m interested in I figured I must have read his work but still couldn t place his name Then I looked in the New Yorker s digital archive and realized he d written a 2007 piece called Season on the Chalk about the chalk landscapes of Europe including bits about geology and wine making and WWII history which I d Mlynowski Teen Thriller entirely forgotten about until I saw it there But once I heard the title I remembered liking it so much I tore the whole thing out of the magazine and kept it for a while because it was just so good Here s the start of thatssay which is included in this bookThe massive chalk of Europe lies below the English Channel under much of northern France under bits of Germany and Scandinavia under the Limburg Province of the Netherlands and from Erith Reach to Gravesend under fifteen miles of the lower Thames My grandson Tommaso appears out of somewhere and picks up a cobble from the bottom of the Thames The tide is out The flats are broad between the bank and the water Small boats canted are at rest on the riverbed Others farther out on the wide river are moored afloat skiffs sloops a yawl or two Tommaso is ten The rock in his hand is large but light He breaks it against the revetment bordering the Gordon Promenade in the Riverside Leisure Area with benches and lawns under oaks and chestnuts prams and children picnics under way newspapers spread like sails and far up the bank a stall selling ice cream He cracks the cobble into jagged pieces which are whiter than snow Chalked graffiti line the revetment and have attracted the attention of Tommaso who now starts his own with the letter R p 9I love that so much the pace of it the way it sets the scene I love this whole Reggie essay for the way it s about landscapeplace the way it mingles broad historical fact with personalxperience I love how wonderfully precise McPhee can be with sentences like this An armada of swans in single file swims out from near the shore and toward the center of the river thirty Switchback eight swans p 10 And while others of McPhee sssays don t Marrying Marcus (Virgin Brides, excite me uite as much I still admire the way he writes the care and pleasure it seems he takes in it whether he s writing about his mother or canoeing orating unusual meats puffin weasel bear or lacrosseYes I sometimes wished that particular Belonging (Temptation, essay which is 58 pages would hurry up and be done already but that s a comment on my tastes than on McPhee s writing And when I did finish thessay on lacrosse moving on to an If Im Found (If I Run essay about antiue view camerashis daughter s photographic collaborations with Virginia Beahan really pleasing landscapes like this and this I forgot my boredom and was delighted all over again by the McPhee s particular mix of description and detail and humor Also really pleasing anssay about unusual foods an CaddyGirls essay about fact checking that s in large part a paean to fact checkers John McPhee is a wonderful writer In this collection ofssays he takes us on tours of the chalky Cretaceous deposits that underly the English Channel and spans Southern England and Northern France the history and merging popularity of lacrosse the painstaking process of capturing images with a Deardorff camera and the thorough nature of the New Yorker fact checking team to name a few The uniting factor in these ssays is McPhee s plain and Philosophy of Religion elegant prose He has a marvelou. A WONDROUS NEW BOOK OF MCPHEE'S PROSE PIECES IN MANY ASPECTS HIS MOST PERSONAL IN FOUR DECADES The brief brilliantssay Silk Parachute which first appeared in The New Yorker a decade ago has become John McPhee's most anthologized piece of writing In the nine other pieces here highly varied in length and theme McPhee ranges with his characteristic humor and intensity through lacrosse long xposure view came.
H came away with the same impression I did arlier and above in my lead uote by Laura or Virginia The way McPhee structures his The Spirituality Revolution essay mirrors his subject matter much of the dialogue in thessay isn t attributed to Comptia Cysa+ Cybersecurity Analyst Certification Bundle (Exam Cs0-001) either photographer giving their words theffect of having merged at times as a chorus from inside the camera with which they work Although they re making visual art language as McPhee observes is key to their collaboration He writes Neither one is hesitant with words In the span of their work together words by the tens of thousands in very conceivable category have been muffled by the dark cloth 7 My Life List 9320078 Checkpoints 2920099 Rip Van Golfer 86200710 Nowheres A touching and brief concluding Designing with Web Standards essay on the beauty of New Jersy McPhee s homeAnyway you can read 610 ofssays and probably 810 of the text directly from the New Yorker if you don t run out of free views I did just checking for this Sadies Surrender (Oyster Harbor, essay or you can subscribe I will next year or you can just buy the damn book from FSG It really was a delight on a day of delights Thanksgiving I am gratefulvery year for John McPhee When I was a magazine Structure Of The Nucleus editor I always held up McPhee as a model for my writers Find a subject that hasn t been overdone I would say then research the hell out of it and write about it beautifully Easier said than done of course McPhee is the master of the gee whiz article the one that tells you all sorts of stuff that you didn t know you didn t know or that you are fascinated to find out about Grantedven I didn t want to know as much about the Swiss army as McPhee decided to tell his New Yorker readers And maybe McPhee got too fascinated by geology leaving some of us wishing for stuff like Oranges or The Pine Barrens And maybe Tracy Kidder has lately been leaving McPhee in the dust But I don t know anyone who writes better prose fiction or non fiction The prose is still good in this volume but it s on the whole disappointing What strikes me most First Anthology especially about the longer pieces in the book is the lack of structure in McPhee sssays In Season on the Chalk he hops about from place to place in England and France with only the loosest of transitions he lards Spin Right and Shoot Left with lists and catalogs such as the roster of fifty three colleges that sent coaches to an Releasing The Power Within Through Spiritual Dynamics exhibition of potential varsity lacrosse players his piece on the US Open golf tournament Rip Van Golfer is distractingly scattered among observations of place observations of players and observations of himself as observer It doesn t help that I have little interest inither lacrosse or golf but McPhee used to be able to hold my interest in Passage Through Crisis even things that I wouldn t be inclined to read about Still no magazine writer that I know of finds curious and illuminating things to say about whatever he writes about I just wish for anditor that would prune his Science, Technology and Culture excesses Not as good as the best McPhee but still better than most writing fiction or non fiction Checkpoints about New Yorker magazine fact checkers made me laugh out loud Read it Given the way things are these daysven a single laugh should be pursued for all it s worth My Life List about unusual things he has The Road to Einsteins Relativity eaten while doing the journalism thing was also amusingMcPhee is a loving grandfather now I m the sort of big grump who d rather read about the Swiss Army oranges or nuclear physics than a description of someone s adorable moppet of a grandchild so these moments had limited interest to me But I thought the one about his daughter who for some reason lugs around a really old school camera the type you peer through under a black drape was pretty interesting Worth getting out of the library and picking up from time to time My first complete McPhee and this was fun Narrative non fiction slowly meticulously almost wondrously crafted You can feel it in the rhythm of the words sometimes A couple of pieces in Silk Parachute are suibs but the two long pieces on Lacrosse and Golf than make up for them Anyway there s a lot of him to read and this one may be a good star. Is mother deliberately overturns canoes in a learning process at a summer camp and germinates a future book while riding on a jump seat to away games as a basketball player Butach piece on whatever theme contains somewhere a personal aspect in which McPhee suggests why he was attracted to write about the subject and ach opens like a silk parachute lofted skyward and suddenly blossoming with color and for.
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John McPhee was born in Princeton New Jersey and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with the New Yorker where he has been a staff writer since 1965 The same year he published his first book A Sense of Where You Are with FSG and soon followed with The Headmaster 1966 Oranges 1967 The P