Silk Parachute

The inimitable McPhee returns with this collection of ten pieces, which range in subject from a toy silk parachute, lacrosse, weird foods, geology, and the U.S. Open golf championship.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…