“Who on earth is Gary Snyder?,” The Union publisher Don Rogers writes in this week’s column. “Never heard of the guy before moving here. Hadn’t made time for Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg, any of them. I’d lumped the Beats with the gonzos and punks going back to Hemingway’s Paris crowd of mostly posers and hard partiers.”
It’s too bad that our local newspaper publisher has never heard of Snyder, an American literary icon and longtime local resident — not just a locals’ favorite.
On the other hand, at least he’s honest. I can’t say that about the newspaper’s columnists like George Boardman or some of the former publishers of The Union who were much too insecure to admit as much.
Thanks Don for being open to learning. To help educate you further, a link to the dozens of Gary Snyder articles in our magazine is here. And the mentions on this Sierra Foothills Report blog is here.
Here’s another one I enjoyed: “Jerry Brown at the Willo steakhouse in Nevada City” with Linda Ronstadt. Brown and Snyder have been good friends for years.
Thank goodness for the internet, which has removed the publishing bottleneck in small towns, opening it up to more choices.