Rebecca Solnit is the author of fourteen books, including A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disasters, Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas and the recently published Men Explain Things to Me. She is, from kindergarten to graduate school, a product of the California public education system now being decimated.
The catastrophes in Japan remain that country’s tragedy, so we need to keep our own anxieties here in the US in check—or harness them to make constructive changes in preparation for our own future disasters.
Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be.
There exists amidst corporate abuses and political neglect a shadow government of kindness, made up of those who dedicate themselves to their ideals and act on their solidarities.
Like the monsters in a Hollywood movie, corporations are attacking our democracy.
How we remember Katrina is how we'll prepare for future disasters. Getting the story straight matters for justice—and for survival.
The good news about the very bad news (about climate change).
The joy and community found in Mardi Gras offer an antidote to defeatism and despair.
It's time to banish the word "looting" from the media vocabulary in times of disaster.
It's dumb machines, not the smart ones of Terminator 2, that could do us in.
For the eighth anniversary of September 11, 2001, a full-scale reappraisal of the real meaning of that day in New York for ordinary Americans.