Magazine January 28, 2019, Issue

Before You Write

A man fishes on Lake Norman in Sherrills Ford, N.C., November 29, 2018. (Chris Keane/Reuters)
The Patch, by John McPhee (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 256 pp., $26)

John McPhee wrote his first essay for The New Yorker in 1963 and published his first book with Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1965. Over a hundred essays and more than 30 books later, McPhee still writes for the same magazine and publisher. He still lives in Princeton, N.J., where he was born in 1931 and attended high school and college (he’s taught at Princeton University himself since 1974). In an era when freelance writers flock from market to market, McPhee is a throwback to a time when writers found success through a steady output, a methodical approach, and a

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