Friday, October 26, 2012

"Oldfashioned I.W.W. Anarchism"

Felicitous phrasing to describe one of the mentioned influences of Japhy Ryder (Gary Snyder, no blood relation that I know of), celebrated in Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums. Far more life-affirming and all-American than Mr. Snyder's other influence, the venerable Eastern religion alluded to in the title of the novel.

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Blogger Steve Hayes said...

You mean you don't like Kerouac's Zen Catholicism?

I thought it was rather nice -- in parts. Pity he didn't stick with it.

October 27, 2012 at 5:17 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

I like Kerouac's Zen Catholicism, but Gary Snyder's (Japhy Ryder's) seems more nihilistic. Maybe my opinion is colored by later writings I've read of his.

October 27, 2012 at 9:12 AM  

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