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The Etiquette of Freedom

Gary Snyder, Jim Harrison, and The Practice of the Wild

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April 12, 2016 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 160 Pages | ISBN 9781582436296
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Gary Snyder joined his old friend, novelist Jim Harrison, to discuss their loves and lives and what has become of them throughout the years. Set amidst the natural beauty of the Santa Lucia Mountains, their conversations — harnessing their ideas of all that is wild, sacred and intimate in this world — move from the admission that Snyder’s mother was a devout atheist to his personal accounts of his initiation into Zen Buddhist culture, being literally dangled by the ankles over a cliff. After years of living in Japan, Snyder returns to the States to build a farmhouse in the remote foothills of the Sierras, a homestead he calls Kitkitdizze.

For all of the depth in these conversations, Jim Harrison and Gary Snyder are humorous and friendly, and with the artfully interspersed dialogue from old friends and loves like Scott Slovic, Michael McClure, Jack Shoemaker, and Joanne Kyger, the discussion reaches a level of not only the personal, but the global, redefining our idea of the Beat Generation and challenging the future directions of the environmental movement and its association with “Deep Ecology.”

GARY SNYDER is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and is the author of sixteen books of poetry and prose. Since 1970 he has lived with his family in the watershed of the South Yuba River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California.

JIM HARRISON was born in Michigan in 1937. A member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters, he has published more than thirty books including Returning to Earth, The English Major, and Legends of the Fall. His several books of poems include most recently Saving Daylight and In Search of Small Gods. He divides his time between Michigan and Arizona.

PAUL EBENKAMP (editor) lives in Oakland, CA.

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