(E–pub/Pdf) Silk Parachute AUTHOR John McPhee

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John McPhee ß 4 Read & Download Read & Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ß John McPhee Read Silk Parachute 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 early years for example he goes on outings with h. When I was a magazine 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 Granted even 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 especially about the longer pieces in the book is the lack of structure in McPhee s essays 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 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 in either lacrosse or golf but McPhee used to be able to hold my interest in 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 an editor that would prune his excesses

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John McPhee ß 4 Read & Download Read & Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ß John McPhee Read Silk Parachute 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 But each piece on whatever theme contains somewhere a personal aspect in which McPhee suggests why he was attracted to write about the subject and each opens like a silk parachute lofted skyward and suddenly blossoming with color and for. John McPhee is a wonderful writer In this collection of essays 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 emerging 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 essays is McPhee s plain and elegant prose He has a marvelous 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 essays from the New Yorker and they are 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

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John McPhee ß 4 Read & Download Read & Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ß John McPhee Read Silk Parachute A WONDROUS NEW BOOK OF MCPHEE'S PROSE PIECES IN MANY ASPECTS HIS MOST PERSONAL IN FOUR DECADES The brief brilliant essay 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 exposure view came. This is the cool stuff that they don t teach in school Rattlesnakes for all their evolutionary 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 what stream it came from a lacrosse coach can watch an unknown player for a while and write down his home address The performance enhancing food for Olympic marathoners and such is Vespa mandarinia japonica actually synthetic hornet juice but what our author calls bee spit The Japanese giant hornet flies about a hundred kilometers a day ingesting but not digesting small insects which it carries home in globular form to feed its larvae The juice that goes for the gold is in the larvae While the adult feeds the larvae the larvae reciprocate with fresh juice a blend of seventeen amino acids If you re not a marathoner or such you can sit on the sofa drink the bee spit and are guaranteed to lose weight The worst checking error for a magazine fact checker is calling people dead who are not dead It really annoys them McPhee uotes one fact checker He tells the story of one reader in a nursing home who read in The New Yorker that he was the the late reader in a nursing home He called demanding a correction The magazine complied of course in its next issue inadvertently doubling the error because the reader died over the weekend while the magazine was being printed Glaciation has replaced an asteroid or volcano as the leading theory for the cause of the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaursYou would have thought that McPhee s essay about the US Open played at Oakmont Country Club would be my favorite but I preferred reading about exotic foods lacrosse the tunnels in the Maastrichtian chalk where Rembrandt s The Night Watch sat out World War II I liked reading about the fact checkers the most This is something you either get or you don t Like if an author writes the phrase Penn s daughter Margaret the fact checker s challenge becomes whether to put commas around Margaret or not put commas around Margaret In other words did William Penn have one or daughters Margaret one of Penn s several daughters went into the book without commasWith every essay I thought He would like this or She has to read this Let me scroll down my list of GR friends and look and see if there s anyone who would be as delighted as I wasreading an essay about commas


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    Read & Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ß John McPhee John McPhee ß 4 Read & Download (E–pub/Pdf) Silk Parachute AUTHOR John McPhee It's a landscape with the aspect of memoryLaura McPhee or Virginia Beahan talking about the landscape around Trenton NJ I'm not sure who exactly is being uoted it might be a slight narrative allusion to the title and subject of this essay and McPhee is playing with the reader a bit in Under the Cloth by John McPheeI bought

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    (E–pub/Pdf) Silk Parachute AUTHOR John McPhee Read & Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ß John McPhee This is the cool stuff that they don't teach in school Rattlesnakes for all their evolutionary 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 what stream it came from a lac

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    (E–pub/Pdf) Silk Parachute AUTHOR John McPhee The amazing thing about John McPhee is that he can hold one's attention even when the subject matter is not otherwise interesting The longest essays in Silk Parachute are about lacrosse and golf neither of which sports is to my taste

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    (E–pub/Pdf) Silk Parachute AUTHOR John McPhee Read & Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ß John McPhee John McPhee ß 4 Read & Download When I was a magazine editor I always held up McPhee as a model for my writers Find a subject that hasn't been overdone I would say

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    (E–pub/Pdf) Silk Parachute AUTHOR John McPhee Two delightful long essays and 8 short ones that simply tantalize Season on the Chalk compresses history and geology of ch

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    (E–pub/Pdf) Silk Parachute AUTHOR John McPhee 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 every single article even if it doesn't immediately seem to be about something I'm inte

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    John McPhee ß 4 Read & Download (E–pub/Pdf) Silk Parachute AUTHOR John McPhee 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 days even a sin

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    (E–pub/Pdf) Silk Parachute AUTHOR John McPhee Read & Download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ß John McPhee Read Silk Parachute I just love McPhee I found myself reading a long essay on lacrosse with deep almost emotional interest And lacrosse has never appealed to me before That's what great writing can doBut my favorite pieces are two short memoir type ess

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    (E–pub/Pdf) Silk Parachute AUTHOR John McPhee John McPhee is a wonderful writer In this collection of essays 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 emerging popularity of lacrosse the painstaking process of capturing images with a Deardorff camera and the thorough n

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    (E–pub/Pdf) Silk Parachute AUTHOR John McPhee 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 start

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  • Hardcover
  • 227
  • Silk Parachute
  • John McPhee
  • English
  • 02 August 2018
  • 9780374263737