Rebecca Solnit

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.

Rebecca Solnit: Las Vegas and the Global Casino We Call Wall Street

December 2014

The new Las Vegas invites you to defy or deny outright the desert that the old Vegas celebrated.

Rebecca Solnit: Feminism, Now with Men

November 2014

Misogyny is over (if you want it).

Rebecca Solnit: Our Words Are Our Weapons

June 2014

The feminist battle of the story in the wake of the Isla Vista massacre.

Rebecca Solnit: Pandora’s Box and the Volunteer Police Force

May 2014

A special excerpt from Solnit’s latest book, Men Explain Things to Me.

Rebecca Solnit: Resisting Monoculture

January 2014

A response to Grist: It’s not about the buses, or, why San Franciscans don’t love Silicon Valley.

Rebecca Solnit: The Arc of Justice and the Long Run

December 2013

The future needs us.

Rebecca Solnit: Bigger Than That

October 2013

What happens when the weather morphs into man-made violence, becomes a terrorist?

Rebecca Solnit: Joy Arises, Rules Fall Apart

September 2013

Thoughts for the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.

Rebecca Solnit: Prometheus Among the Cannibals

July 2013

A letter to Edward Snowden

Rebecca Solnit: Welcome to the (Don’t Be) Evil Empire

June 2013

How Silicon Valley is running the world, and destroying San Francisco.

Rebecca Solnit: The Far North of Experience

June 2013

In praise of darkness (and light).

Rebecca Solnit: Too Soon to Tell

May 2013

The case for hope, continued.

The Faraway Nearby

By Rebecca Solnit
May 2013

What’s your story? It’s all in the telling.

Rebecca Solnit: A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year

January 2013

Violence against women is rampant, systemic, and all about control.

Rebecca Solnit: The Sky’s the Limit

December 2012

The demanding gifts of 2012.

Rebecca Solnit: The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse

November 2012

Hurricane Sandy rides in.

Rebecca Solnit: Our Words Are Our Weapons

October 2012

Our political language is in desperate need of a change.

Rebecca Solnit: The Rain On Our Parade

September 2012

A letter to my dismal allies.

Rebecca Solnit: Occupy Your Victories

September 2012

It’s the first anniversary of the Occupy movement, and there is much to look forward to.

Rebecca Solnit: Men Explain Things to Me

August 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 Mexico

July 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 Games

May 2012

Sending debt oeonage, poverty, and freaky weather into the arena.


David Graeber in conversation with Rebecca Solnit
May 2012

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 Violence

February 2012

Why the media loves violent acts by protesters, but not that of the banks.

Rebecca Solnit: Our New Currency

December 2011

How 2011 became the year of compassion.

Rebecca Solnit: Ms. Civil Society v. Mr. Unaccountable

November 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 Hope

October 2011

This land is your (occupied) land.

Rebecca Solnit: Hope: The Care and Feeding Of

August 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 Train

May 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 Unexpected

March 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 2011

March 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 Selves

December 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 Earth

October 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 Inseparability

April 2010

The good news about the very bad news (about climate change).

Rebecca Solnit: Covering Haiti: When the Media Is the Disaster

January 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.