It’s Lit – Professor Tom Ozden reads John McPhee

By Shirley Wang

Anthropology Professor Tom Ozden- Schilling reads John Mcphee’s “North of the C.P. Line,” a non-fiction piece published in the New Yorker in 1984.

John McPhee is a journalist whose book Annals of the Former World won a Pulitzer Prize for its geology-centered explorative stories and his unflinching sense of sympathy for his interviewees. In our podcast today, Tom uses John’s piece to talk about this characteristic, and expands the narrative to discuss the constructions of the masculinity with nature, and how John situates himself as the writer in the piece. We also talk about how Tom relates to John as an anthropologist who sometimes wishes he was doing what he’s writing about, instead of always only writing.