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  • Silk Parachute
  • John McPhee
  • English
  • 03 January 2020
  • 9780374263737

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Silk Parachute review Ï 9 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 Badger's Parting Gifts process at a summer camp and germinates a future book while riding on a jump seat to away games as a basketball Ostende 1936 Sommer der Freundschaft player But each Die Entwicklung des Sozialismus von der Utopie zur Wissenschaft piece on whatever theme contains somewhere a Ist dieses Buch ansteckend? Erste Hilfe für Hypochonder personal aspect in which McPhee suggests why he was attracted to write about the subject and each opens like a silk Magic Platina 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 Enemy on the Euphrates popularity of lacrosse the The Epilogue The Selection #31 painstaking Children of Wrath 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 Lukes Cut Hells Eight #8 plain and elegant The Liberation of Sita prose He has a marvelous way of leading the reader The Adventures of Tom SawyerAdventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Prince and the Pauper 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 Le Dernier des Justes poise and beauty

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Silk Parachute review Ï 9 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. 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 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 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 that essay 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 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 of swans in single file swims out from near the shore and toward the center of the river thirty eight swans p 10 And while others of 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 or canoeing or eating unusual meats puffin weasel bear or lacrosseYes I sometimes wished that particular 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 the essay on lacrosse moving on 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 over again by the McPhee s particular mix of 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 Zu Den Platonischen Gleichnissen 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 Once in Kazakhstan The Snow Leopard Emerges pieces are wholly In guten Kreisen personal In luminous recollections of his early years for example he goes on outings with h. 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 interested in I figured I must have read his work but still couldn t Serafina and the Black Cloak place his name Then I looked in the New Yorker s digital archive and realized he d written a 2007 Artemis Fowl 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 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 that essay 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 La esfinge maragata 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 The Inklings CS Lewis JRR Tolkien Charles Williams and Their Friends prams and children The Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig picnics under way newspapers spread like sails and far up the bank a stall selling ice cream He cracks the cobble into jagged Spectrum 21 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 Zanboomer p 9I love that so much the Vögeln ist schön pace of 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 The Relativity of Wrong personal experience I love how wonderfully Die Dämonenbraut 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 eight swans Apt Pupil p 10 And while others of McPhee s essays don t excite me uite as much I still admire the way he writes the care and Muffy the Demon Slayer pleasure it seems he takes in it whether he s writing about his mother or canoeing or eating unusual meats Pinstripe Empire puffin weasel bear or lacrosseYes I sometimes wished that Rastafari particular essay which is 58 Saphirblau 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 the essay on lacrosse moving on to an essay about antiue view camerashis daughter s Chancy and the Grand Rascal photographic collaborations with Virginia Beahan really Anna hambad pleasing landscapes like this and this I forgot my boredom and was delighted all over again by the McPhee s Under Western Eyes particular mix of description and detail and humor Also really Canvas Sunsets Never Fade pleasing an essay about unusual foods an essay about fact checking that s in large Sonderkommando Wehrmacht part a Verhältnis mit dem eigenen Schwiegervater paean to fact checkers

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Silk Parachute review Ï 9 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. 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 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