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Silk Parachute Free read ☆ 108 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. 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 essays one on canoeing and one the title essayI fervently hope Mr McPhee never dies

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Silk Parachute Free read ☆ 108 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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Silk Parachute Free read ☆ 108 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


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    [PDF/EBOOK] (Silk Parachute) Two delightful long 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 and events 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

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    [PDF/EBOOK] (Silk Parachute) Free download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF å John McPhee Read & download Silk Parachute 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

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    Free download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF å John McPhee [PDF/EBOOK] (Silk Parachute) 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 on

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  • Hardcover
  • 227
  • Silk Parachute
  • John McPhee
  • English
  • 13 September 2018
  • 9780374263737