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Rebecca Solnit writes extensively on photography and landscape. She is a contributing editor to Art Issues and Creative Camera and is the author of three books. She has contributed essays to several museum catalogues including Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach and the mostrar mais Whitney Museum's Beat Culture and the New America. She was a 1993 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Photo by Jim Herrington, 2009. Courtesy of Viking Penguin.

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Obras por Rebecca Solnit

A Field Guide to Getting Lost (2005) 1,703 exemplares
Wanderlust: A History of Walking (2000) 1,557 exemplares
The Faraway Nearby (2014) 678 exemplares
The Mother of All Questions (2017) 597 exemplares
Orwell's Roses (2021) 384 exemplares
Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (2013) — Editor — 192 exemplares
Cinderella Liberator (2019) 178 exemplares
A Book of Migrations (1997) 159 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2019 (2019) — Editor — 127 exemplares
The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle (2009) — Editor — 43 exemplares
Waking Beauty (2022) 31 exemplares
Richard Misrach: The Sky Book (2000) 31 exemplares
A California Bestiary (2010) 29 exemplares
Inside Out (1993) 13 exemplares
Tracing Cultures (1995) 12 exemplares
Orwell's Roses 2 exemplares
Yoklugumdan Aklimda Kalanlar (2021) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Contribuidor — 413 exemplares
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contribuidor — 231 exemplares
Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation (2017) — Contribuidor — 172 exemplares
Granta 127: Japan (2014) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World: Essays (2022) — Introdução, algumas edições124 exemplares
Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet (2018) — Prefácio, algumas edições104 exemplares
Celebrate People's History! The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution (2010) — Prefácio, algumas edições67 exemplares
A Field Guide to White Supremacy (2021) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach (1996) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change (2010) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
No Ordinary Land: Encounters in a Changing Environment (1656) — Introdução, algumas edições29 exemplares
The Color of Wildness: A Retrospective, 1936-1985 (2001) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
The Best American Magazine Writing 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke (2007) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Streetopia (1712) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
True North (2008) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Rex Ray (2020) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
The Adobe Anthology: Volume 2 (1994) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
The Analog Sea Review: Number Four (2022) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Path: Journey to the Center (2012) — Introdução — 2 exemplares

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A powerful idea with a book that makes it's case exhaustively to make it inarguable.

The basic premise is that fundamentally, most people will help other people in a disaster, instead of turning on each other. She takes you through major disasters through history, including 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans, and it proves the point again and again. (And how in New Orleans, the apparent lawlessness was never as bad as it was pictured.)

Those times where things do actually go bad, it's usually because folks who are scared of losing power or privilege are responding out of fear and then creating a bad situation. (Gathering troops to protect businesses instead of helping rescue people from debris, for example. And when citizens are taking first aid supplies to help the wounded, they get shot.)

She makes the point that disasters create an opportunity for us to be better with each other, and that sometimes, that can persist past the disaster in question.

This book validated my overall optimism in human nature!

My only question, especially in some of the bigger disasters of today, such as COVID-19 and climate change... how can we capitalize on this same social good? The problem with these disasters is that there is too large a gap between the beginning of the problem and it's impact upon us, which makes it harder for us to come together against the problem the same way we would against a fire, an earthquake, or a flood...
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JasonMehmel | 31 outras críticas | Feb 9, 2024 |
Sono rimasta un po’ delusa da questa raccolta di saggi e/o articoli di Solnit: è uno di quei casi nei quali il dibattito che è seguito alla coniazione del concetto di mansplaining (uomini che spiegano cose alle donne che hanno conoscenze e competenze superiori in quell’ambito) è molto più interessante del testo da cui tutto ha avuto origine.

È però un ottimo esempio di come funziona la circolazione delle idee e delle pratiche femministe: sono le riflessioni e le lotte collettive a essere ricordate e diffuse piuttosto che i nomi delle singole femministe. Ovviamente ci sono e ci sono state femministe celebri (e sicuramente Solnit e una di loro), ma nessun nome spicca al tal punto da mettere in ombra le riflessioni e le azioni collettive. Solnit ha iniziato un discorso e molte altre lo hanno raccolto e portato avanti, arricchendolo anche con aspetti ai quali Solnit magari non aveva pensato perché lontani dalla sua esperienza personale.

Il mansplaining può sembrare una sciocchezza, una di quelle questioni ingigantite dalla donne che ai giorni nostri si lamentano di ogni cosa. Che tipo di minaccia può costituire un uomo ignorante e arrogante che si mette a spiegarti qualcosa che è il tuo campo di studi o di lavoro (e a volte pure la tua esperienza di vita) e che quindi conosci benissimo e sicuramente meglio di lui che ha letto solo un articolo su Internet?

Il problema è che quell’atteggiamento fastidioso è il sintomo della difficoltà delle donne a essere prese sul serio e credute nello spazio pubblico. Uno dei ambiti più drammatici in cui questo avviene è sicuramente quello giudiziario, dove a denunciare violenze e stupri si deve ancora dimostare di essere credibili prima che la propria accusa sia presa sul serio. E non mi riferisco al normale corso delle indagini, che ovviamente hanno bisogno di prove, ma del processo all’attendibilità della vittima: era ubriaca? era troppo disinibita? era nel posto sbagliato? si è fidata della persona sbagliata?

Se non sei la vittima “perfetta”, sarà tutto un dover dimostrare di essere attendibile.
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lasiepedimore | Jan 18, 2024 |
Overall a great lense on Muybridge's life and work. Solnit focuses on how Muybridge helped change the way we exist in the world today, connecting him to the railroads, Sitting Bull, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and the state of California (among many many other things). Despite the complicated web of connections, for most of the book she exibits enough restraint to maintain the central narrative and keep it from becoming too unweildy. There's a sense that in the last chapter she gives up on that restraint (somehow connecting Star Trek's captain Sulu with the Modic Wars, for instance), but being at the end of the book there's a sense that she earned it. Overall it tells Muybridge's story in a unique, interesting, and sometimes surprising way.… (mais)
 
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andyinabox | 14 outras críticas | Jan 17, 2024 |
I wondered, while reading through Solnit's use of five great case studies between 1906-2006, how the author would have seen two later developments, the responses Hurricane Harvey and Maria where extraordinary citizens such as the Cajun Navy or World Kitchens performed heroic acts in the face of government and large agency failures. Or with the pandemic where average citizens began to make each other masks, or take in their neighbors during the financial crises in some cases while others, fed with news of shortages, horded toilet paper and other essentials – creating shortages.
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Her narrative shows examples where, often the people closest to the crisis often respond in the most positive ways, cutting through the bureaucracy and finding ways to help each other, responses that seem at odds with the fears of lawmakers that civilization has a thin veneer and will breakdown in a crisis.

Solnit offers a fairly balanced look where people concerned with each other’s safety will often cut through the prejudice and find ways to assist each other while others, fed a steady stream of fear and images of looting from the media will give into panic, and the idea of societal collapse will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Her look at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which featured some of the best (rescuing, sharing, murual aid) and worst behavior (racist shootings of persons of color fueled by false narratives of looting) by citizens. I appreciate the fact that Solnit resists the easy or one-size-fits-all answer while delivering a sobering assessment that flawed theories about human nature, scarcity, the depiction of a people one crisis away from descending into chaos and the need for protection – have their weaknesses revealed during catastrophe and hierarchies we cling to in better times find themselves reversed in crisis.

While there are commendable acts of heroism that take place it is clear that often heroism is necessitated by failures to act by those who have the most resources to act, or failures to report accurately by those with the resources to reach the wider public. Solnit's writing shows a public behaviors that, without the steady diet of fear, leave room for hope -- but because that diet of fear isn't going anywere soon, shows that there is much work to be done in the communities starting with the hyper-individualistic ways of living and the narrative of a distrusted, easily panicked public that is often exacerbated by racial and class disparities.


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DAGray08 | 31 outras críticas | Jan 1, 2024 |

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