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The Practice of the Wild: A Conversation with Gary Snyder and Jim Harrison. Poet and naturalist Gary Snyder has been at the center of cultural changes that transformed the modern world. Along with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, he was a founding author of the Beat Generation. He helped bring Zen Buddhism into the American scene. He has been the voice of a new environmental awareness, which never loses sight of direct wild experience–local people, animals, plants, watersheds and food sources.
Snyder won a Pulitzer Prize in 1975. He has been called the poet laureate of deep ecology.
The film follows Snyder and novelist Jim Harrison (Dalva, Legends of the Fall), as the two old friends wander along trails of the central California coast. They debate the pros and cons of everything from Google to Zen koans. The discussions are punctuated by archival materials and commentaries from Snyder’s literary contemporaries, friends and intimates.