It only took me a few pages of reading in Leslie Sharpe’s The Quarry Fox And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills, recently published by The Overlook Press, to find myself wondering if I wasn’t in fact reading a long-lost essay by sage of the Catskills himself, John Burroughs.

Perhaps it’s something about the region that produces a rich, deeply perspicacious style of writing – a style that both Burroughs and Sharpe both share.