344: Bill McKibben

A writer and environmentalist, he counts himself lucky to have worked at The New Yorker with (for? near?) William Shawn“the greatest editor of the twentieth century.” What contributed to his mastery? “Once he had writers in his stable, he was quite interested in what they were interested in.” Professional skill as a manifestation of individual character.

Person: William Shawn
Place: Crane Mountain
Thing: his cross-country skis
Randy’s Thing: his Vise Grips