Practice of the Wild
The nine captivatingly meditative essays in The Practice of the Wild display the deep understanding and wide erudition of Gary Snyder in the ways of Buddhist belief, wildness, wildlife, and the world. These essays, first published in 1990, stand as the mature centerpiece of Snyder’s work and thought, and this profound collection is widely accepted as one of the central tex...more
In this seminal, important collection he writes of the etiquette of freedom, and how that relates to wildness. He has learned Nature's great lesson: that wilderness, and wild mind, are not chaotic and out of control, but self-governing. ...more
This curr ...more
The sections on logging and forestry during his youth in Washington state were the best written and most enlightening. Logging is very personal to him. He also returned to this theme, several times, of how Europeans over a millennia destroyed the Mediterranean ecosystem. A precursor to what Americans were doing.
Snyder spent many years (in the ...more
If you haven't read these essays, you really must! ...more
Not that he's a formula, but, you know.
He's his own genre, folks. ...more
Critique of Gary Snyder’s writing feels like a sacrilege against the beauty of letters, nature and the elders. Not knowing if he deems me worthy of such relationship, he makes himself a point to assume the position of the grandfather I never had: My own grandparents certainly didn’t tell us stories around the campfire before we went to sleep. Their house had an oil furnace instead, and a small library. So the people of civilization read books. For som ...more
I liked this novel a lot. At times it was a bit to technical and I’m not a big fan of Gary Snyder his prose, BUT this book made me think about our relationship with nature and it motivated to learn more about the fauna and flora of my own area.
*Why should the peculiarities of human consciousness be the narrow standard by which other creatures are judged
*Nationalism... the grinning ghost of the lost community
*It is not nature-as-chaos which threatens us, but the State's presumption that it has created order. Nature is orderly. That which appears to be ...more
But maybe the expectations weren't too high, just misplaced. I probably expected more rigorous academic philosophy type of writing (an ...more
I read the book for our church's upcoming Advent series "Voices in the Wilderness" but also found it affirming some of my teaching on Wendell Berry in my Philosophical Ethics class. ...more