Scandals threaten to destroy the reputation of the charitable sector. These scandals threaten to destroy the reputation of powerful organizations and their leaders.
Charity malfeasance is an addiction of epic proportions. Charity leaders and regulators, by their silence and denial, are enablers.
Because the misdeeds were kept secret, there was no public outcry. The secrets are now being exposed. The sector needs a new paradigm, and Silence makes numerous suggestions as to how to turn it around.
This exposé is based on the largest repository of charity fraud anywhere. Many trusted leaders are exposed including board members, presidents, superintendents, chief executive officers, accountants— and more. They embezzled, forged, extorted, and falsified records; they self-dealt, negligently managed assets, and had multiple conflicts of interest.
"In Distant Neighbors, both Berry and Snyder come across as honest and open-hearted explorers. There is an overall sense that they possess a deep and questing wisdom, hard earned through land work, travel, writing, and spiritual exploration. There is no rushing, no hectoring, and no grand gestures between these two, just an ever-deepening inquiry into what makes a good life and how to live it, even in the depths of the machine age." —Orion Magazine
In 1969 Gary Snyder returned from a long residence in Japan to northern California, to a homestead in the Sierra foothills where he intended to build a house and settle on the land with his wife and young sons. He had just published his first book of essays, Earth House Hold. A few years before, after a long absence, Wendell Berry left New York City to return to land near his grandfather's farm in Port Royal, Kentucky, where he built a small studio and lived there with his wife as they restored an old house on their newly acquired homestead. In 1969 Berry had just published Long-Legged House. These two founding members of the counterculture and of the new environmental movement had yet to meet, but they knew each other's work, and soon they began a correspondence. Neither man could have imagined the impact their work would have on American political and literary culture, nor could they have appreciated the impact they would have on one another.
Snyder had thrown over all vestiges of Christianity in favor of becoming a devoted Buddhist and Zen practitioner, and had lived in Japan for a prolonged period to develop this practice. Berry's discomfort with the Christianity of his native land caused him to become something of a renegade Christian, troubled by the church and organized religion, but grounded in its vocabulary and its narrative. Religion and spirituality seemed like a natural topic for the two men to discuss, and discuss they did. They exchanged more than 240 letters from 1973 to 2013, remarkable letters of insight and argument. The two bring out the best in each other, as they grapple with issues of faith and reason, discuss ideas of home and family, worry over the disintegration of community and commonwealth, and share the details of the lives they've chosen to live with their wives and children. Contemporary American culture is the landscape they reside on. Environmentalism, sustainability, global politics and American involvement, literature, poetry and progressive ideals, these two public intellectuals address issues as broad as are found in any exchange in literature.
No one can be unaffected by the complexity of their relationship, the subtlety of their arguments, and the grace of their friendship. This is a book for the ages.
That lives on
For his first collection of new poems since his celebrated Danger on Peaks, published in 2004, Gary Snyder finds himself ranging over the planet. Journeys to the Dolomites, to the north shore of Lake Tahoe, from Paris and Tuscany to the shrine at Delphi, from Santa Fe to Sella Pass, Snyder lays out these poems as a map of the last decade. Placed side-by-side, they become a path and a trail of complexity and lyrical regard, a sort of riprap of the poet’s eighth decade. And in the mix are some of the most beautiful domestic poems of his great career, poems about his work as a homesteader and householder, as a father and husband, as a friend and neighbor. A centerpiece in this collection is a long poem about the death of his beloved, Carole Koda, a rich poem of grief and sorrow, rare in its steady resolved focus on a dying wife, of a power unequaled in American poetry.
As a friend is quoted in one of these new poems:
"I met the other lately in the far back of a bar,
musicians playing near the window and he
sweetly told me “listen to that music.
The self we hold so dear will soon be gone.”"
Gary Snyder is one of the greatest American poets of the last century, and This Present Moment shows his command, his broad range, and his remarkable courage.
Long rumored to exist, The Great Clod collects more than a dozen chapters, several published in The Coevolution Quarterly almost forty years ago when Snyder briefly described this work as “The China Book,” and several others, the majority, never before published in any form. “Summer in Hokkaido,” “Wild in China,” “Ink and Charcoal, “ “Stories to Save the World,” “Walking the Great Ridge,” these essays turn from being memoirs of travel to prolonged considerations of art, culture, natural history and religion. Filled with Snyder’s remarkable insights and briskly beautiful descriptions, this collection adds enormously to the major corpus of his work, certain to delight and instruct his readers now and forever.
Questo libro è un inno alla vita e alla natura, un
canto d'amore per Madre Terra e i suoi abitanti. Gary Snyder, il grande poeta e
filosofo della wildnerness, ci conduce alla scoperta della grandiosità della
natura che – costantemente – offre all'uomo abbondanza e ricchezza. Il Grande
Flusso rappresenta la consapevolezza che da millenni la natura regola e unisce
la vita di tutti gli esseri sulla Terra. Ritornare alla wildnerness significa
riappropriarsi di se stessi, in uno stato di felicità autentica in cui non
esiste separazione tra uomo e natura ma unicamente lo scorrere continuo di
armonia e vita.
"Il desiderio di crescita non è sbagliato. Il
nocciolo del problema è ora quello di capovolgere la magnifica energia di
crescita della società moderna in una ricerca non predatoria per una conoscenza
più profonda del sé e della natura. La propria natura. Madre Natura. Arrivare a
capire che ci sono molte vie di crescita non materiali e non distruttive – di
più alto e affascinante ordine – sarebbe d'aiuto alla gente per calmare la
paura diffusa che una economia a stato stazionario significhi stagnazione
"In quanto a me sono in linea con il grande
flusso." Così Gary Snyder risponde indirettamente a chi lo accusa di
"voler tornare indietro nel tempo", intendendo con "grande
flusso" la consapevolezza del vivere come parte della delicata relazione che
unisce tutte le cose viventi e non. La concezione stessa del tempo si
relativizza per chi coltiva una tradizione antica di 40mila anni, istoriata
nelle paleo-pitture-rupestri, tramandata da sciamani, mistici e visionari,
custodita negli archetipi, celebrata nei miti, raccontata dai poeti e ben
presente nella mente dei ri-abitanti bioregionali del XXI secolo. Gary Snyder
ha fatto della sua pratica di vita e della sua poesia un affilato e informato
strumento per scardinare i confini imposti che ci separano dalla vera natura –
natura selvatica – dentro e fuori di noi, dando voce anche alla terra, ai
fiumi, alle montagne e a tutti coloro che non hanno parole per farsi ascoltare,
ricreando così una nuova/antica definizione di cultura in grado di armonizzare
l'esigenza di una giusta società con le esigenze della Terra.