Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit is an activist, TomDispatch.com regular, and author of many books, including the just published, Men Explain Things to Me (Dispatch Books, Haymarket Books). Her first essay for TomDispatch.com turned into the book Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, since translated into eight languages.  Other previous books include: The Faraway Nearby, A Paradise Built in Hell, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, The Battle of The Story of the Battle in Seattle (with her brother David), and Storming The Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics.  She is a contributing editor to Harper's Magazine

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 9:30am
Anywhere But Here: Las Vegas and the Global Casino We Call Wall Street
[ The following Rebecca Solnit piece is slightly adapted from photographer Michael Light’s new book, Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain , and appears at TomDispatch.com with special thanks to his publisher, Radius Books .] “Oh my God, I’m in hell,” I cried out when the car that had rolled for hours...
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Monday, November 3, 2014 - 6:15am
Feminism: The Men Arrive! (Hooray! Uh-Oh!)
What do the prime minister of India, retired National Football League punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari have in common? It’s not that they’ve all walked into a bar, though Ansari could probably figure out the punch line to that joke. They’ve all spoken up for feminism this year...
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:45am
The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises: Change in a Time of Climate Change
There have undoubtedly been stable periods in human history, but you and your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents never lived through one, and neither will any children or grandchildren you may have or come to have. Everything has been changing continuously, profoundly -- from the role of...
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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 6:30am
#YesAllWomen Changes the Story
It was a key match in the World Cup of Ideas. The teams vied furiously for the ball. The all-star feminist team tried repeatedly to kick it through the goalposts marked Widespread Social Problems, while the opposing team, staffed by the mainstream media and mainstream dudes, was intent on getting...
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 11:45am
The New Feminist Road Map
This following essay is from Rebecca Solnit’s new book, Men Explain Things to Me , and appears here with the permission of Haymarket Books and Dispatch Books. The history of women’s rights and feminism is often told as though it were a person who should already have gotten to the last milestone or...
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Will our age of climate change also be an era of civil and international conflict? (Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters) Views
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 9:15am
Call Climate Change What It Is: Violence
If you're poor, the only way you're likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car. But if you're tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without...
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 9:22am
Evacuate the Economy (or By the Way, Your Home Is On Fire)
As the San Francisco bureaucrats on the dais murmured about why they weren’t getting anywhere near what we in the audience passionately hoped for, asked for, and worked for, my mind began to wander. I began to think of another sunny day on the other side of the country 13 years earlier, when nothing happened the way anyone expected. I had met a survivor of that day who told me his story.
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Monday, December 23, 2013 - 7:22am
The Future Needs Us
North American cicada nymphs live underground for 17 years before they emerge as adults.
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Monday, October 7, 2013 - 6:56am
The Age of Inhuman Scale: On the 'Bigness' of Climate Change
Late last week, in the lobby of a particularly unglamorous downtown San Francisco building, a group of passionate but polite activists met with a bureaucrat who stepped forward to hear what they had to say about the fate of the Earth.
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Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 9:39am
Joy Arises, Rules Fall Apart: Thoughts for the Second Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street
I would have liked to know what the drummer hoped and what she expected. We’ll never know why she decided to take a drum to the central markets of Paris on October 5, 1789, and why, that day, the tinder was so ready to catch fire and a drumbeat was one of the sparks.
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