Nature Matrix

New and Selected Essays
 
 
Counterpoint (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 15. September 2020
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  • 163 Seiten
 
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978-1-64009-277-8 (ISBN)
 

Nature Matrix is a gathering of some of Robert Michael Pyle's most significant, original, and timely expressions of a life immersed in the natural world, in all its splendor, power, and peril

Nature Matrix: New and Selected Essays contains sixteen pieces that encompass the philosophy, ethic, and aesthetic of Robert Michael Pyle. The essays range from Pyle's experience as a young national park ranger in the Sierra Nevada to the streets of Manhattan; from the suburban jungle to the tangles of the written word; and from the phenomenon of Bigfoot to that of the Big Year-a personal exercise in extreme birding and butterflying. They include deep profiles of John Jacob Astor I and Vladimir Nabokov, as well as excursions into wild places with teachers, children, and writers.

The nature of real wilderness in modern times comes under Pyle's lens, as does reconsideration of his trademark concept, "the extinction of experience"-maybe the greatest threat of alienation from the living world that we face today.

Nature Matrix shows a way back toward possible integration with the world, as it plumbs the range and depth of experience in one lucky life lived in close connection to the physical earth and its denizens. This collection brings together the thoughts and hopes of one of our most widely read and respected natural philosophers as he seeks to summarize a life devoted to conservation.

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ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE is a biologist and writer who has worked in conservation biology around the world. His twenty-two books include Wintergreen, Where Bigfoot Walks, Mariposa Road, three collections of poetry, the novel Magdalena Mountain, and a flight of butterfly books. Founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, he was recently named an honorary life fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. Pyle lives, writes, and studies natural history in rural southwest Washington.
  • Intro
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Intro: Pyrex, Postcards, and Panzers-the Birth of Nature Matrix
  • Secrets of the Talking Leaf
  • A Mineral King Esthetic
  • A Different Day on Beetle Rock
  • Joys of the Suburban Jungle
  • Eden in a Vacant Lot: Special Places, Species, and Kids in the Neighborhood of Life
  • Nature Matrix
  • The Blind Teaching the Blind: The Academic as Naturalist, or Not
  • It Was All About the Beavers: John Jacob Astor I and the Rape of the West
  • Swift and Underwing, Boulderfield and Bog: Nabokov's Individuating Details
  • Real Wilderness: Extinct in the Wild?
  • The Extinction of Experience Revisited: Everybody's Ditch Still Matters
  • The Semiotics of Sasquatch
  • Epistemology of the Big Year
  • Bright Lights, Big City Is a Classic Nature Book!
  • Outro: Alltheism (All in All Is All We Are)
  • Publication History
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author

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