Gary Snyder joined his old friend, novelist Jim Harrison, to discuss their loves & lives & what has become of them throughout the years. Set amidst the natural beauty of the Santa Lucia Mountains, their conversations—harnessing their ideas of all that is wild, sacred & intimate in this world—move from the admission that Snyder’s mother was a devout atheist to his personal accounts of his initiation into Zen Buddhist culture, being literally dangled by the ankles over a cliff. After years of living in Japan, Snyder returns to the States to build a farmhouse in the remote foothills of the Sierras, a homestead he calls Kitkitdizze.
For all of the depth in these conversations, Jim Harrison & Gary Snyder are humorous & friendly, & with the artfully interspersed dialogue from old friends & loves like Scott Slovic, Michael McClure, Jack Shoemaker, & Joanne Kyger, the discussion reaches a level of not only the personal, but the global, redefining our idea of the Beat Generation & challenging the future directions of the environmental movement & its association with “Deep Ecology.”
The Etiquette of Freedom is an all-encompassing companion to the film The Practice of the Wild. A DVD is included which contains the film together with more than an hour of out-takes & expanded interviews, as well as an extended reading by Gary Snyder. The whole offers a rare glimpse of their extended discussion of life & what it means to be wild & alive.