Profile of John McPhee

Profile of John McPhee, the man, the legend: Perhaps because of the coincidence of being midway through reading his Pulitzer Prize-winning Annals of the Former World, I found this Boston Globe profile of New Yorker Magazine writer John McPhee, especially interesting.

Quote:

”I’d always wanted to write for The New Yorker,” McPhee says, ”and they were having none of me. I was submitting stuff from the time I was 18 years. I loved the fiction in The New Yorker. But reading somebody like [J.D.] Salinger, I knew I could never do that. But when I read some of the nonfiction writers – the profiles, things like that, I remember thinking, `I’d like to take a crack at that.”’

Did he ever. But then it’s obvious I’m a fan: three of the books over to the left on my recently-read list are by McPhee.