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The Practice of the Wild


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  • Actors: Gary Snyder, Jim Harrison
  • Directors: John J. Healey
  • Producers: Will Hearst
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: San Simeon Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0084I7QMA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,998 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

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God bless you, Gary!
Joe Scuderi
Also, spoiler alert: Jim Harrison really wants to be a tree.
marvin
Strange but it works.
Pat Munday

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HannahHinchman on May 27, 2011
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These two old friends, both so erudite and so funny, talk in a series of quiet settings indoors and out. It's a wide-ranging conversation that takes surprising turns around the central question of what it is to be human in a more-than-human world. A beautifully done film - I only wish it had been twice as long.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pat Munday on September 27, 2010
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All lovers of nature, Zen, and Gary Snyder's poetry must see this documentary. It provides insights of Snyder's life and crative work from Dharma Bums to Turtle Island to date. The role of chain-smoking, obese, and inarticulate (yeah, I know, he's written some TREMENDOUS poetry & prose--but he doesn't come off well in this film) Jim Harrison is a sort of vulgar Yin to Snyder's spiritual Yang. Strange but it works.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By billito on December 25, 2010
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While Snyder and Harrison aren't usually associated with one another,they are apparently friends for some time.I'm not sure how this film was put together,the outdoor scenes taking place in a location neither lives in, but the casual conversation and the shared values are interesting to witness.It is not directly taken from Snyder's book of the same title,but his is always for me an interesting mind.I wonder if he sees in Harrison a kind of incarnation of some crazy Han Shan Chinese poet;he sort of resembles such a character,rather disheveled and wildeyed.But the exterior(as Snyder teases him at one point) hides a mind besotted with wonder and thought.I enjoyed their company,though it isn't a definitive look at either.Just two men in the world who appreciate the practice of the wild mind,the wilderness within and without us, the "joyful interpenetration' as Snyder once wrote
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Rochte on October 22, 2013
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I studied Gary Snyder in 1973 as an English major at UCLA in a special seminar focusing on "modern American poets." Since then I"ve done my best to stay up on his latest works. This DVD is a great way to encapsulate his thinking and practices of the Wild.

I now live in Los Osos on the central California coast and was disappointed not to have the chance to catch up with Gary in person during the filming of this DVD; but I can understand the need for some isolation
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First time I saw him was in 1974 at a poetry reading at UCSB's Campbell Hall where a rally led by students and faculty had been organized to fight the administration's decision not to renew Kenneth Rexroth's faculty position. Gary was there along with Allen Ginsberg who had a broken leg in a full cast. I'll never forget the sight of seeing Allen in his bib overalls with the seam ripped out in order to accomodate the huge cast.

The last time I saw Gary was at Allen's 64th Birthday celebration in 1990 in San Francisco (yes, we all sang "When I'm 64!). His party doubled as a benefit to save the last living coral reef in Japan at Shiraho, Okinawa. The MC was Peter Coyote and the poets besides Gary and Allen included Michael McClure, Nanao Sakaki and Joanne Kyger. The title of the benefit was the "Eco-Poetry-Round Up." I wish that was recorded somewhere.

Namaste,
Tim Rochte
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J Jones on August 15, 2013
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A classic. Gary Snyder takes center stage, with Jim Harrison supporting, and that seems to work. They are both super amazing writers, people, and wild themselves, so well worth the watch.
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