Tag Archives: John McPhee

Florida Oranges and the Deltoid Pumpkin Seed Aircraft

“Omission,” by John McPhee. The New Yorker, 9/14/2015. My father loved Florida, and ever since I was in junior high, he would drive our family there over the school Easter vacation, and we would stay with friends who were managing … Continue reading

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What Today’s High School Students Know

“Frame of Reference” by John McPhee. The New Yorker, 3/9/2015. John McPhee, 84, one of my favorite New Yorker authors of nonfiction, is talking about writers using descriptions based on popular contemporary references that may be unknown to a significant … Continue reading

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Proofreading

“Draft No. 4” by John McPhee, The New Yorker, 4/29/2013 I do not consider myself a writer, despite writing 234,292 words for this blog over the years.  (Uncle Tom’s Cabin has 182,647 words.) But when someone like John McPhee writes … Continue reading

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The Left-Handed Comma

A left-handed comma is casually mentioned without definition in a recent New Yorker article by one of my favorite authors, John McPhee. What could a left-handed comma possibly be?  Is there a right-handed comma?  It took some digging, but there … Continue reading

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