From his Grays River home, Robert Michael Pyle has for decades been one of our most astute and eloquent chronicler of the flora and fauna of this regionand our ways of being neighbors to such. His sixteen books include Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, Sky Time in Grays River, and authoritative volumes on butterflies, slugs, and Bigfoot. He makes this welcome day-after Election Day visit here with much needed good spirit and languageno matter the results, damage does get done to the languagewith his newest book, The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion (Oregon State University Press). "These essays, each a multifaceted gem, convey an exuberant sense of what it feels like to encounter the greater-than-human-world with senses alert and mind engaged. And what a mind! Equally at ease in science and art, in philosophy and fun, Robert Michael Pyle is curious and knowledgeable about all manner of living things, from butterflies to bats, from bioluminescent plankton to the yeast in beer." - Scott Russell Sanders.