Books we love:
The Practice of the Wild by Gary Snyder
Snyder (a mountaineer, zen buddhist, Pulitzer-prize winning poet, and inspiration for the main character in Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums) melds anthropology and lyricism in this short volume of essays contemplating the meaning and ethics of Nature.
From the opening essay:
"Wild and free." …Both words, profoundly political and sensitive as they are, have become consumer baubles. I hope to investigate the meaning of wild and how it connects with free and what one would want to do with these meanings. To be truly free one must take on the basic conditions as they are — painful, impermanent, open, imperfect — and then be grateful for impermanence and the freedom it grants us.