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The Real Work: Interviews and Talks, 1964-79

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The Real Workis the second volume of Gary Snyder’s prose to be published by New Directions. Where his earlierEarth House Hold(1969) heralded the tribalism of the "coming revolution," the interviews inThe Real Workfocus on the living out of that process in a particular place and time––the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California in the 1970s. The talks and interviews ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published August 17th 1980 by New Directions (first published February 1st 1980)
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I'm savoring this again, it's so good. Gary Snyder rocks. His illucidations on "The Mind of the Commons" are fabulous.
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I was gifted this book from an old friend (literally, about 40-some years older than I am) who has a wide working knowledge of the beat generation, and, at least in his literary persona, seemed to have lived quite close to the shadow that the beats cast during the 60s-70s. So I already considered this a somewhat special book before I opened it. It did not disappoint.

This is a series of many interviews and talks in which Snyder hits on a wide variety of subjects which could be pigeon-holed the
Dim Blue
This book contains some of Gary Snyder's finest statements; on poetics, on nature and on life. To read him in conversation is an absolute joy; his sheer intelligence and deep compassion shine through every word, and his characteristic charm is ever-present. For fans of Snyder's poetry, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

I liked this little book. It’s an odd thing - an artifact almost. Gary Snyder and his viewpoints followed in this collection of odds and ends. One of the reasons I find this interesting - is seeing the ways in which he has talked about things having actually played out across the years. When he talks about poetry - you can see his clear love for words and language - the power they have. When he talks about the earth - you realize how honest he is as he himself works on the land, literally. This ...more
Mitch Allen
It's hard to review this type of collection as the interviews cover various topics and are of different quality. It's a fine way to hear Snyder in his own voice tell some of his personal history and stories, and to gain insight into his thinking at the early stage of his career.
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Gary Snyder is an American poet (originally, often associated with the Beat Generation), essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist. Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Since the 1970s, he has frequently been described as the 'laureate of Deep Ecology'. From the 1950s on, he has published travel-journals and essays from time to time. His work in his various roles reflects his im ...more
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