The non-traditional writing path paved by Michael Pollan

July 02, 2018 | Writing

Whether he is writing a book on big farming and the way Americans think about food, or interviewing terminal cancer patients who have had life-altering experiences through hallucinogenic drugs, author Michael Pollan’s career as a writer has been anything but traditional.

“The path of someone’s career only appears in retrospect. I really didn’t know where I was going. The path of a writer isn’t like the path of a doctor or a lawyer — it’s really crooked,” Pollan said at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, as he delivered an autobiographical lecture, “One Writer’s Trip: From the Garden to the Plate and the Beyond,” to a packed audience. “On this journey you will never know which books you will have been grateful to have packed, or where your curiosity will take you.”

Pollan, a Radcliffe fellow this year, is also a food activist and a professor of journalism at UC Berkeley. In an article written for Harvard Magazine, by author Laura Levis (pictured here), Pollan discusses his evolution as an author, starting with the realization that the books he had treasured in college — namely those by the great American nature writers Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson — would not serve him very well in some ways.

Click here to read her article.

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