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Pieces of the Frame Paperback – May 1, 1979
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About the Author
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. Also in 1965, he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the years since, he has written nearly 30 books, including Oranges (1967), Coming into the Country (1977), The Control of Nature (1989), The Founding Fish (2002), Uncommon Carriers (2007), and Silk Parachute (2011). Encounters with the Archdruid (1972) and The Curve of Binding Energy (1974) were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. McPhee received the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977. In 1999, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Annals of the Former World. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
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Top Customer Reviews
My favorite is "The Search for Marvin Gardens," an examination of the famous game Monopoly from two perspectives. As McPhee plays several games of Monopoly with an unnamed partner--they take no more than 20 minutes for these masters--he takes us on a tour of Atlantic City. Names of avenues like Vermont and Ventnor, Illinois and Indiana, Pacific and Park Place are given form by McPhee's fine prose.
Fans of "The Crofter and the Laird," McPhee's description of his months on a Scottish island, will appreciate three pieces in this collection: "Josie's Well," about the wonderful small whisky distilleries of Scotland (written in 1970, well before the recent fad for single-malt scotches); "From Birnam Wood to Dunsinane," his quest for the locations in Shakespeare's "Macbeth"; and the title piece, in which we are treated to the serious folk who are investigating the Loch Ness Monster.
An enjoyable book from start to finish, there is truly something for everyone here.
I've since read a great many other of McPhee's books, and all of them enchant me. He has the ability to discover what makes a topic interesting to those people who love it, and to bring it to readers in a way that they can discover and share the afficionado's pleasure; and he has a way with language that is delightful, at times lyrical.
"Pieces of the Frame" is a great place to start a journey that will broaden your horizons painlessly and entertainingly.
Instead of digging in deeply to one subject, Pieces of the Frame offers shorter glimpses at several different subjects. Even working with a more constrained length, McPhee finds the most compelling angles of each subject, and the limitations actually benefit him at times, forcing him to focus on what is truly essential.
Not every piece is a winner - even the best ballplayers strike out - but McPhee's batting average is higher than just about anyone else's. Even the less successful pieces are enjoyable reads, and the best are masterpieces of long form journalism.
In an age of fewer and fewer outlets for high-quality long form journalism, "Pieces of the Frame" gives readers a taste of what a true master of the form can do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every John McPhee book is required reading for the inquisitive mind.Published 18 months ago by Jesse
I found this book from a mention by one of his former students, Tim Ferriss, in his most excellent podcast. This is a great read. Very educating and relaxed reading. Read morePublished 22 months ago by FrancoisKorb
I had The John McPhee Reader years ago and I'd forgotten how good he is. Any aspiring essayist, writer of creative nonfiction, journalism students or anyone who wants to see... Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by Uncle John 5oh