The Practice of the Wild
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The Practice of the Wild
"The Practice of the Wild" is a film profile of the poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder. Snyder has been a creative force in all the major cultural changes that have created the modern world. Along with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, he was a central figure of the Beat generation. He helped bring Zen Buddhism into the America scene, was an active participant in the anti-war movement and an inspiration for the quest for human potential. All along he was a founding intellect, essayist and leader of the new environmental awareness that supports legislation and preservation… More
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unfortunately, despite Snyder's quietly commanding presence, the docu's setup, a series of staged, would-be Socratic dialogues, feels forced and artificial -- everything Snyder's poetry is not."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"A fascinating documentary on Gary Snyder's adventures and his importance as a sage with much wisdom to pass on to us."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The film's as relaxed and unhurried as a beat blissing out on some choice weed, as Zen as the brand of Buddhism that Snyder helped bring to the American consciousness."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Village Voice
"It can be exhilarating to watch as clearly intelligent/talented people hold forth on the true objects of their obsessions."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
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