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Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics e-book

Author:

Rebecca Solnit

Language:

English

Category:

Politics

Subcategory:

Politics & Government

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1226 kb

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Rating:

4.1

Publisher:

University of California Press; First edition (June 18, 2007)

Pages:

436

ISBN:

0520256565

Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics e-book

by Rebecca Solnit


Rebecca Solnit has made a vocation of journeying into difficult territory and reporting back, as an environmentalist. Solnit's is an indispensable voice, and Storming the Gates of Paradise is the perfect introduction to her work. ―Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma.

Rebecca Solnit has made a vocation of journeying into difficult territory and reporting back, as an environmentalist. Rebecca Solnit, like some of the places she writes about here, is a national treasure. At a time of reckless arrogance in high places, hers is a voice of moral clarity, wisdom about our country and planet, and impressive erudition that is lightly worn.

Landscapes for politics. A Paradise Built in Hell. Storming the Gates of Paradise. The Mother of All Questions

Landscapes for politics. University of California Press, one of the most distinguished university presses in the United States, enriches lives around the world by advancing scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Its activities are supported by the UC Press Foundation and by philanthropic contributions from individuals and institutions. The Mother of All Questions. The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness.

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Rebecca Solnit is reinventing the genre we call 'American nature writing,' finding provocative new ways to look at the intersections of landscape and politics

Rebecca Solnit is reinventing the genre we call 'American nature writing,' finding provocative new ways to look at the intersections of landscape and politics. Hers is an indispensable voice, and Storming the Gates of Paradise the perfect introduction to her work. -Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Rebecca Solnit is the best-selling author of ten books - among them Wanderlust, Savage Dreams, and Hollow City - and countless articles, for which she has received numerous awards and accolades. In 2003 she won the prestigious Lannan Literary Award.

Rebecca Solnit has made a vocation of journeying into difficult territory and reporting back, as an environmentalist, antiglobalization activist, and public intellectual.

Rebecca Solnit (born 1961) is an American writer. Solnit is the author of seventeen books as well as essays in numerous museum catalogs and anthologies. Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics. Berkeley: University of California Press. She has written on a variety of subjects, including feminism, the environment, politics, place, and ar. . Her 2009 book A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster began as an essay called "The Uses of Disaster: Notes on Bad Weather and Good Government" published by Harper’s magazine the day that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast.

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paradise : landscapes for politics, Rebecca Solnit

Storming the gates of paradise : landscapes for politics, Rebecca Solnit. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn: 978-0-520-25109-0 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Political ecology-United States. 2. Human ecology-United States. 3. Landscape assessment-United States. 4. United StatesPolitics and government.

Rebecca Solnit has made a vocation of journeying into difficult territory and reporting back, as an environmentalist, antiglobalization activist, and public intellectual. Storming the Gates of Paradise, an anthology of her essential essays from the past ten years, takes the reader from the Pyrenees to the U.S.--Mexican border, from San Francisco to London, from open sky to the deepest mines, and from the antislavery struggles of two hundred years ago to today’s street protests. The nearly forty essays collected here comprise a unique guidebook to the American landscape after the millennium―not just the deserts, skies, gardens, and wilderness areas that have long made up Solnit’s subject matter, but the social landscape of democracy and repression, of borders, ruins, and protests. She ventures into territories as dark as prison and as sublime as a broad vista, revealing beauty in the harshest landscape and political struggle in the most apparently serene view. Her introduction sets the tone and the book’s overarching themes as she describes Thoreau, leaving the jail cell where he had been confined for refusing to pay war taxes and proceeding directly to his favorite huckleberry patch. In this way she links pleasure to politics, brilliantly demonstrating that the path to paradise has often run through prison.These startling insights on current affairs, politics, culture, and history, always expressed in Solnit’s pellucid and graceful prose, constantly revise our views of the otherwise ordinary and familiar. Illustrated throughout, Storming the Gates of Paradise represents recent developments in Solnit’s thinking and offers the reader a panoramic world view enriched by her characteristically provocative, inspiring, and hopeful observations.
Bloodray
A friend who said he was reminded of Joan Didion by these essays only made clear to me how much more there is to Solnit: one of the most gifted writers we have, for one thing, who brings to bear sensitivities to political questions, her own personal interactions with the environment, historical and philosophic musings, at the same time researching her topics and presenting pertinent and sometimes obscure facts with a casualness that belies the rigor that must have gone into their research.

Readers new to Solnit might be steered first to her celebrated classic, "River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West," but these essays sacrifice none of the intellectual reach and sweep of that earlier work. Some are slightly dated, as might be predicted from their topicality, but all are well enough written to maintain interest as snippets out of time. I particularly enjoyed one in which, having invited Solnit to visit, Susan Sontag seemed to welcome her "into the republic of literature;" in another, Solnit makes a breathtaking connection between the bikini waxes of Playboy bunnies and clear-cutting in the Sequoia National forest--and makes a pertinent point of it.

I'm not especially driven to read about the ingenious ways rapacious corporations have skirted laws and ethics to plunder the American landscape, still less about our own disregard; but Solnit makes interesting not only those subjects but many others in this volume. Each essay is an example of a wonderful writer plying her craft, a reflective citizen and highly cultivated mind never so self-indulgent as to forego hard information that you've never heard before, historical facts that have been overlooked or suppressed.

I suspect that some of these essays will be classics fifty years hence. In the meantime, enjoy the literary champagne, even as you become better informed citizens of this, our beleaguered planet.
Mr_TrOlOlO
Rebecca is a strong writer and the topics are relevant. Writing makes reader think versus providing answers.
Boyn
This is one of my favorite collections of Solnit's work - at least, as far as I have read up to this point; by no means exhaustive. I think that her work is beautiful and clear, poignant and strong. She digs deeply into issues that are incredibly important while maintaining a striking poetic voice. It is the writing of the wise sister you always wanted.
Flower
This book is wee-researched and provides references for those who wish th know more.
As timely today as it was when it was first published. Excellent book for Sierra Club members or for those interested in environmental issues.
Kaghma
Thoughtful and well written. Varied essays. These essays will make you think for years to come.

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