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The encyclopedia of trouble and spaciousness

Author: Rebecca Solnit
Publisher: San Antonio, Texas : Trinity University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The incomparable Rebecca Solnit, author of more than a dozen acclaimed books of nonfiction, brings the same dazzling writing to the twenty-nine essays in The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness. As the title suggests, the territory of Solnit's concerns is vast, and in her signature alchemical style she combines commentary on history, justice, war and peace, and explorations of place, art, and community, all
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Solnit
ISBN: 9781595341983 1595341986 9781595347534 1595347534
OCLC Number: 868038144
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 334 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Cyclopedia of an arctic expedition --
The butterfly and the boiling point : reflections on the Arab spring and after --
Rattlesnake in the mailbox : cults, creeps, California in the 1970s --
Concrete in paradise : some pictures of coastal California --
Dry lands : the Colorado River and hydrological madness of the west --
Detroit Arcadia : exploring the post-American landscape --
One nation under Elvis : environmentalism for everyone --
Winged Mercury and the golden calf : heavy metal histories --
Oil and water : The BP spill in the gulf --
In Haiti, words can kill --
Icebergs and shadows : further adventures in the landscape of hope --
Inside out, or interior space (and interior decoration) --
Notes from nowhere : Iceland's polite dystopia --
The volcano erupts : Iceland in upheaval --
The great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami : aftermaths in Japan --
Arrival gates : The Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan --
Journey to the center : (on Elin Hansdottir's labyrinth 'Path') --
Letter to a dead man on the occupation of hope --
Apologies to Mexico : the drug trade and GNP (Gross National Pain) --
Reconstructing the story of the storm : New Orleans five years after --
We won't bow down : Carnival and resistance in New Orleans --
The Google bus : Silicon Valley invades --
We're breaking up : noncommunications in the Silicon age --
Pale bus, Pale Rider : Silicon Valley invades, Cont'd --
On the dirtiness of laundry and the strength of sisters : or, mysteries of Henry David Thoreau, unsolved --
Revolutionary plots : on urban gardening --
The visibility wars --
Revolution of the snails : encounters with the Zapatistas.
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"The incomparable Rebecca Solnit, author of more than a dozen acclaimed books of nonfiction, brings the same dazzling writing to the twenty-nine essays in The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness. As the title suggests, the territory of Solnit's concerns is vast, and in her signature alchemical style she combines commentary on history, justice, war and peace, and explorations of place, art, and community, all while writing with the lyricism of a poet to achieve incandescence and wisdom. Gathered here are celebrated iconic essays along with little-known pieces that create a powerful survey of the world we live in. In its encyclopedic reach and its generous compassion, Solnit's collection charts a way through the thickets of our complex social and political worlds. Like the women who've pioneered before her-Sontag, Didion, and Dillard-her essays are a beacon."--

""In twenty-nine essays Solnit combines commentary on history, justice, war and peace, and explorations of place, art, and community to create a powerful survey of the world. In its encyclopedic reach and its generous compassion, this collection charts a way through the thickets of our complex social and political structures"--Provided by publisher"--

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