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Authors Adam Hochschild

Missing-portrait

Adam Hochschild’s opinions

  • 50 or 100 years hence, will people still be amused by Thompson’s psychedelic ramblings or the early Wolfe’s strings of exclamation points? More lasting, I think, as a grand pointillist mural of our time and place as expressed in the lives of an encyclopedic range of people, will be the books of John McPhee.

  • Don Ainsworth, strongly opinionated collector of leather boots made from every animal from anteater to water buffalo, with whom McPhee crosses the country in the cab of a chemical tanker truck, so loves “manicuring the ship” — the mirror-like sheen of his stainless steel tank — that he pays extra to have it washed in deionized water that leaves no spots.