Tabula Rasa: Volume 1 (MP3 CD)

Tabula Rasa: Volume 1 By John McPhee, Grover Gardner (Read by) Cover Image

Tabula Rasa: Volume 1 (MP3 CD)


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Over seven decades, John McPhee has set a standard for literary nonfiction. Assaying mountain ranges, bark canoes, experimental aircraft, the Swiss Army, geophysical hot spots, ocean shipping, shad fishing, and dissident art in the Soviet Union, among myriad other subjects, he has consistently written narrative pieces of immaculate design.

In Tabula Rasa, McPhee looks back at his career from the vantage point of his desk drawer, reflecting wryly upon projects he began but never completed or published. Collected and augmented, these pieces form a "reminiscent montage" of a writing life.

This volume includes, among other things, a frosty encounter with Thornton Wilder, interrogative dinners with Henry Luce, glimpses of the allure of western Spain, fireworks over the East River as seen from Malcolm Forbes's yacht, the evolving inclinations of the Tower of Pisa, the islands in the river delta of central California, teaching in a pandemic, and persuading the New Yorker to publish an entire book on oranges. The result is a fresh survey of McPhee's singular planet.

Product Details ISBN: 9798212534048
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc.
Publication Date: July 11th, 2023
Language: English