We’ll talk with the great master of literary journalism, John McPhee about his craft and his collection of personal essays, Silk Parachute.
If you’re a fan of literary nonfiction, John McPhee is the mountaintop. He’s the master of amazingly-informative, exactingly-sculpted, “you-can-read-it-two-or-three-times” journalism.
His process is exacting, and his attention to detail is exhaustive.
“What I do is go through the miserable business of a first draft,” McPhee says, “which is just, you know, masochism, and when I get it done, there’s a bit of a change comes over me, as I get a little calmer about what I’m doing.”
This hour in an archive edition of On Point, we speak with John McPhee about the writing life.
Note: This show was first broadcast April 16, 2010.