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Hern France the history and emerging popularity f lacrosse the painstaking process f capturing images with a Deardorff camera and the thorough nature f 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 Greetings! of leading the reader patiently down into the weedsf whatever topic he has chosen and nce 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 f 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 Tribeca 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 their evolutionary perfection are not the brightest creatures If a linef 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 Grey's Lady 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 blendf seventeen amino acids If you re not a marathoner Blue Streak or such you can sitn 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 The Asketikon of St Basil the Great one fact checker He tells the storyf ne 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 f course in its next issue inadvertently doubling the error because the reader died ver the weekend while the magazine was being printed Glaciation has replaced an asteroid r volcano as the leading theory for the cause Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time of the mass extinction that wipedut 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 Thoroughly Disarmed out World War II I liked reading about the fact checkers the most This is something you either getr 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 r not put commas around Margaret In ther words did William Penn have After the Ashes oner daughters Margaret The Angry Planet onef Penn s several daughters went into the book without commasWith every essay I thought He would like this Melody's Key or She has to read this Let me scroll down my listf GR friends and look and see if there s anyone who would be as delighted as I wasreading an essay about commas Two delightful long essays and 8 short nes that simply tantalize Season n the Chalk compresses history and geology A Chance Acquaintance of chalk in England and continental Europe in a fine thread with surprising people and events from the Romans who build much with chalk to modern champaign arbors which dependn chalk holding water Spin Right and Shoot Left is a fun ride n the history f lacrosse Like a good Ra photography the weird foods he has sometimes been served in the course f his reportorial travels a US Open golf championship and a season in Europe n the chalk from the downs and sea cliffs The Wallflower's Revenge of England to the Maas valley in the Netherlands and the champagne countryf northern France Some f the pieces are wholly personal In luminous recollections f his early years for example he goes n utings with
The amazing thing about John McPhee is that he can hold Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the Edge of the World one s attention even when the subject matter is nottherwise interesting The longest essays in Silk Parachute are about lacrosse and golf neither f which sports is to my taste Yet the great mass f details he presents somehow make the reader wonder what s next That is no mean talentTo date I have read a dozen f McPhee s books and I m not finished yet A friend mentioned this book back in March saying she d read a review f it that made her think she d like it and wondering if I d heard Introductory Algebra: Models Concepts Skills of McPhee Since he writes for the New Yorker and I mne Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together of those New Yorker subscribers who reads every single article even 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 Seasonn the Chalk about the chalk landscapes f Europe including bits about geology and wine making and WWII history which I d entirely forgotten about until I saw it there But nce I heard the title I remembered liking it so much I tore the whole thing ut f the magazine and kept it for a while because it was just so good Here s the start The Gollywhopper Games: Friend or Foe of that essay which is included in this bookThe massive chalkf Europe lies below the English Channel under much Parafilias (Spanish Edition) of northern France under bitsf Germany and Scandinavia under the Limburg Province It's Like This of the Netherlands and from Erith Reach to Gravesend under fifteen milesf the lower Thames My grandson Tommaso appears ut f somewhere and picks up a cobble from the bottom f the Thames The tide is ut The flats are broad between the bank and the water Small boats canted are at rest Rituels secrets des Templiers on the riverbed Others fartherut n the wide river are moored afloat skiffs sloops a yawl r 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 A Mild Suicide 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 attentionf Tommaso who now starts his Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet own with the letter R p 9I love that so much the pacef it the way it sets the scene I love this whole essay for the way it s about landscapeplace the way it mingles broad historical fact with personal experience I love how wonderfully precise McPhee can be with sentences like this An armada Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face of swans in single file swimsut from near the shore and toward the center Origen: Scholarship in the Service of the Church of the river thirty eight swans p 10 And whilethers f McPhee s essays don t 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 r canoeing r eating unusual meats puffin weasel bear r lacrosseYes I sometimes wished that particular essay which is 58 pages would hurry up and be done already but that s a comment Porter Earns a Quarter (Four Basic Skills Series, Volume 2) on my tastes thann McPhee s writing And when I did finish the essay Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations, Grades 5-8 on lacrosse movingn to an 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 Tablettes Albertini Actes privés de l'époque vandale over again by the McPhee s particular mixf description and detail and humor Also really pleasing an essay about unusual foods an essay about fact checking that s in large part a paean to fact checkers John McPhee is a wonderful writer In this collection f essays he takes us n tours Sexual Soulmates: The Six Essentials for Connected Sex (English Edition) of the chalky Cretaceous deposits that underly the English Channel and spans Southern England and Nort. 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 piecef writing In the nine ther pieces here highly varied in length and theme McPhee ranges with his characteristic humor and intensity through lacrosse long exposure view came.
Hef McPhee makes a reliably good dish ut Piazza, Student Edition: Introductory Italian of available ingredients at hand making a lieut f 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 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 ther sport I just love McPhee I found myself reading a long essay n 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 essays ne n canoeing and ne the title essayI fervently hope Mr McPhee never dies It s a landscape with the aspect f memoryLaura McPhee r 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 Tajweed Rules for Qur'anic Recitation: A Beginner's Guide (Tajweed Rules, of this 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 until exhausted I was sent a copyf his most recent book Selling to VITO the Very Important Top Officer: Get to the Top. Get to the Point. Get to the Sale. of 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 consistsf several six essays that appeared in the New Yorker no surprise to ANYONE the least bit familiar with either the New Yorker The Reformation (World History Series) or McPhee It also begins and ends with short essays and also includes a couple essays not foundutside this book that I can find1 Silk Parachute A short beautiful introductory essay about his mother and childhood2 Season n the Chalk 31220073 Swimming with Canoes 81019984 Warming the Jump Seat A short essay about writing about Mr Boyden headmaster f Deerfield Academy profiled in two articles in the New Yorker in 1966 and eventually put into a book published by FSG titled The Headmaster Frank L Boyden Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One of Deerfiel When I was a magazine editor I always held up McPhee as a model for my writers Find a subject that hasn t beenverdone I would say then research the hell ut f it and write about it beautifully Easier said than done Signs in the Heavens: A Jewish Messianic Perspective of the Last Days Coming Millennium of course McPhee is the masterf the gee whiz article the Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) one that tells you all sortsf stuff that you didn t know you didn t know Orb: A Tale of Alien Pregnancy or that you are fascinated to findut about Granted even I didn t want to Not as good as the best McPhee but still better than most writing fiction Witchopoly or non fiction Checkpoints about New Yorker magazine fact checkers made me laughut loud Read it Given the way things are these days even a single laugh should be pursued for all it s worth My Life List about unusual things he has eaten while doing the journalism thing was also amusingMcPhee is a loving grandfather now I m the sort Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most of big grump who d rather read about the Swiss Armyranges Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro or nuclear physics than a descriptionf someone s adorable moppet f a grandchild so these moments had limited interest to me But I thought the ne about his daughter who for some reason lugs around a really ld school camera the type you peer through under a black drape was pretty interesting Worth getting ut Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) 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 rhythmf the words sometimes A couple Boarding House of Hunks of pieces in Silk Parach. Is mother deliberatelyverturns canoes in a learning process at a summer camp and germinates a future book while riding n a jump seat to away games as a basketball player But each piece n whatever theme contains somewhere a personal aspect in which McPhee suggests why he was attracted to write about the subject and each pens 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