LARB Radio Hour: John McPhee's Magisterial Patchwork

January 11, 2019

Legendary essayist John McPhee joins co-hosts Eric Newman and Medaya Ocher to discuss his latest collection The Patch. Reflecting on his long career in creative non-fiction and journalism, McPhee talks about the duty of the writer to get out of the way of the story and bemoans the rise of the branded writer in the age of social media. In place of speed, McPhee extolls the virtue of slowness, the time it takes for a writer to develop his voice, to collect material and to divine the associations and structures through which it might breathe itself into a story.

Also, author Julietta Singh returns to recommend Bhanu Kapil's Humanimal: A Project for Future Children.