Today is Gary Snyder's birthday. He is 82 years old. Daily Beat readers will recognize him as the model for Japhy Ryder in Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums. Click here for a brief bio or here to read some of Gary's poetry.
Coincidentally, we mentioned The Dharma Bums in yesterday's post. If you haven't read Bums yet, put it at the top of your list. It's one of Jack's best.
And yes, it's the inspiration for my license plate . . . .