John McPhee The Art of Nonfiction No 3


John McPhee, The Art of Nonfiction No. 3
I think we can all agree John McPhee is the greatest nonfiction writer of all time. The Paris Review has a great interview.

"And if somebody says to me, You’re a prolific writer—it seems so odd. It’s like the difference between geological time and human time. On a certain scale, it does look like I do a lot. But that’s my day, all day long, sitting there wondering when I’m going to be able to get started. And the routine of doing this six days a week puts a little drop in a bucket each day, and that’s the key. Because if you put a drop in a bucket every day, after three hundred and sixty-five days, the bucket’s going to have some water in it."