John McPhee with Peter Hessler

Wed­nes­day Novem­ber pm

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

John McPhee is the author of 28 non­fic­tion books in­clud­ing

and His sem­i­nal for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999, is a com­plex work de­scrib­ing a cross-sec­tion of North Amer­ica at about the for­ti­eth par­al­lel. Trav­el­ing back and forth across the United States for much of 20 years in the com­pany of ge­ol­o­gists, McPhee aimed to give an ac­count of the “deep his­tory” of the con­ti­nent—4.6 bil­lion years—as well as of the sci­ence of ge­ol­ogy and the styles of ge­ol­o­gists he trav­eled with. In his most re­cent col­lec­tion of writ­ings, McPhee ranges with his char­ac­ter­is­tic hu­mor and in­ten­sity through lacrosse, long-ex­po­sure view cam­era pho­tog­ra­phy, the strange foods he has some­times been served in the course of his re­por­to­rial trav­els, a U.S. 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. He has been a staff writer at since 1965 and has served as the Fer­ris Pro­fes­sor of Jour­nal­ism at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity since 1975.

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