Michael Pollan’s Crooked Writing Path

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Harvard Magazine
April 7, 2016
By Laura Levis

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 yesterday 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.”

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