Rebecca Solnit

Author of River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West

Rebecca Solnit appears in the following:

Rebecca Solnit on Hope, Lies, and Making Change

Friday, January 13, 2017

The writer is impatient with despair, not only because it paralyzes action, but because the lessons of history teach us that change happens in unexpected and often non-linear ways.

Reimagining New York City's Maps

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas," takes a fanciful look at New York City's geography.


The Problem with Naïve Cynicism

Monday, May 02, 2016

Harper's Rebecca Solnit explains how naïve cynicism among Americans has led to complacency in lieu of activism.

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Who Needs High School?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The historian, activist and author Rebecca Solnit asks if it wouldn't make sense for more students to avoid the sometimes treacherous social maelstrom of high school, like she did.

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Post-Disaster Communities

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rebeca Solnit, historian, activist, and author of several books including A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, discusses the history of how disasters create communities in the context of our post-Sandy reality-and what climate change activists should do now.

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A Paradise Built in Hell

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Rebecca Solnit investigates why in the aftermath of a disaster people suddenly become altruistic, resourceful, and brave. In A Paradise Built in Hell, she looks at the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco to 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina, among other crises, and describes how disasters can bring about social possibilities ...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The strange, subjective nature of time -- from a sped-up spin through childhood, to a really, really slowed-down Beethoven symphony. 

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Pedal Steel, Gunslingers, Desert

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Kurt Andersen and writer Rebecca Solnit look at the American West as our favorite mythic landscape. We hear the sweet strains of pedal steel guitar and revel in the B-movie grandeur of spaghetti westerns. The show visits Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels, huge concrete tubes she plunked into the Utah desert. ...


Special Guest: Rebecca Solnit

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Kurt Andersen and the historian Rebecca Solnit get seduced by the cultural landscape of the American West.

Rebecca Solnit has dedicated her career to the American landscape. She helped re-photograph the sites made famous by Ansel Adams, to see how the Western vistas have changed. As a writer, art critic, ...