Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Another Good Person, #0010

John McPhee

John Angus McPhee (born March 8, 1931) is a writer widely considered one of the pioneers of creative nonfiction. Like Tom Wolfe and Hunter Thompson, he helped kick-start the "new journalism" which, in the 1960s, revolutionized nonfiction by incorporating techniques from novels and other forms of fiction. McPhee avoided the attention-grabbing streams of consciousness of Wolfe and Thompson, but his detailed description of characters, insatiable appetite for details, and masterful style make his writing lively, readable, and personal, even when it focuses on obscure or difficult topics.

His book, The Control of Nature, is bedrock to my libertarian views. Free man in harmony with nature is the ideal. Tinkering man pitted against nature is the folly.

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