Rebecca Solnit lived through the inner-city crack wars in the 1980s and tried most drugs a very long time ago. A TomDispatch regular, she is the author of thirteen books, including, most recently, Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, which maps, among other things, the ninety-nine murders in her city in 2008, most of them of poor young men caught up in the usual, and the lives of undocumented laborers in San Francisco.
The Faraway NearbyBy Rebecca Solnit
What’s your story? It’s all in the telling.
Rebecca Solnit: A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a YearJanuary 2013
Violence against women is rampant, systemic, and all about control.
Rebecca Solnit: The Sky’s the LimitDecember 2012
The demanding gifts of 2012.
Rebecca Solnit: The Fourth Horseman of the ApocalypseNovember 2012
Hurricane Sandy rides in.
Rebecca Solnit: Our Words Are Our WeaponsOctober 2012
Our political language is in desperate need of a change.
Rebecca Solnit: The Rain On Our ParadeSeptember 2012
A letter to my dismal allies.
Rebecca Solnit: Occupy Your VictoriesSeptember 2012
It’s the first anniversary of the Occupy movement, and there is much to look forward to.
Rebecca Solnit: Men Explain Things to MeAugust 2012
Before there was mansplaining, there was Rebecca Solnit’s 2008 critique of male arrogance. Reprinted here with a new introduction.
Rebecca Solnit: Apologies to MexicoJuly 2012
As narcotraficantes terrorize Mexico with surreal acts of violence, it’s time to reconsider our basic assumptions about the U.S. War on Drugs.
Rebecca Solnit: Welcome to the 2012 Hunger GamesMay 2012
Sending debt oeonage, poverty, and freaky weather into the arena.
BeholdenDavid Graeber in conversation with Rebecca Solnit
Rebecca Solnit and David Graeber on anarchism as a problem-solving tool, the return of debtors’ prisons, and why communism is ingrained in capitalism
Rebecca Solnit: Mad, Passionate Love—and ViolenceFebruary 2012
Why the media loves violent acts by protesters, but not that of the banks.
Rebecca Solnit: Our New CurrencyDecember 2011
How 2011 became the year of compassion.
Rebecca Solnit: Ms. Civil Society v. Mr. UnaccountableNovember 2011
How ten years after 9/11 Occupy Wall Street may signify a return to a civil society.
Rebecca Solnit: Letter to a Dead Man About the Occupation of HopeOctober 2011
This land is your (occupied) land.
Rebecca Solnit: Hope: The Care and Feeding OfAugust 2011
How it will all end is anybody’s guess, but the future remains wide open. Not only in the Middle East: everywhere, there are victories and emerging possibilities. You just have to open your eyes.
Rebecca Solnit: Worlds Collide in a Luxury Suite: Some Thoughts on the IMF, Global Injustice, and a Stranger on a TrainMay 2011
|A genuine class war is being fought openly in our time, and last week, a so-called socialist put himself on the wrong side of it.|
Rebecca Solnit: Unpacking for a Disaster: What You Need to Survive the UnexpectedMarch 2011
|In the wake of its present disaster, Japan may already be changing, and that may not be a bad thing.|
Rebecca Solnit: The Butterfly and the Boiling Point: Charting the Wild Winds of Change in 2011March 2011
|When a revolution is made, people suddenly find themselves in a changed state—of mind and of nation. The ordinary rules are suspended, and people become engaged with each other in new ways, and develop a new sense of power and possibility.|
Rebecca Solnit: Iceberg Economies and Shadow SelvesDecember 2010
|Rebecca Solnit acknowledges the activists and workers who work to ensure that another, better world is not just possible, but has been here all along.|
Rebecca Solnit: Jurassic Ballot: When Corporations Ruled the EarthOctober 2010
|This country is run for the benefit of alien life forms. They’ve invaded; they’ve infiltrated; they’ve conquered; and a lot of the most powerful people on Earth do their bidding.|
Rebecca Solnit: 350 Degrees of InseparabilityApril 2010
The good news about the very bad news (about climate change).
Rebecca Solnit: Covering Haiti: When the Media Is the DisasterJanuary 2010
The media in disaster bifurcates. Some step out of their usual “objective” roles to respond with kindness and practical aid. Others bring out the arsenal of clichés and pernicious myths and begin to assault the survivors all over again.