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Call them by their true names : American crises (and essays)

Author: Rebecca Solnit
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Changing the world means changing the story, the names, and the language with which we describe it. Calling things by their true names cuts through the lies that excuse, disguise, avoid, or encourage inaction, indifference, obliviousness in the face of injustice and violence. In this powerful and wide-ranging collection, Solnit turns her attention to battles over meaning, place, language, and belonging at the heart  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Solnit
ISBN: 9781608463299 160846329X 9781608469468 1608469468
OCLC Number: 1049990880
Description: 188 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword: Politics and the American language --
Armpit wax --
I. Electoral catastrophes: The loneliness of Donald Trump ; Coda (July 16, 2018) ; Milestones in misogyny ; Twenty million missing storytellers --
II. American emotions: Ideology of isolation ; Naïve cynicism ; Facing the furies ; Preaching to the choir --
III. American edges: Climate change is violence ; Blood on the foundation ; Death by gentrification : the killing of Alex Nieto and the savaging of San Francisco ; No way in, no way out ; Bird in a cage : visiting Jarvis Masters on death row ; Coda: Case dismissed ; The monument wars ; Eight million ways to belong ; The light from Standing Rock --
IV. Possibilities: Break the story ; Hope in grief ; In praise of indirect consequences.
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"Changing the world means changing the story, the names, and the language with which we describe it. Calling things by their true names cuts through the lies that excuse, disguise, avoid, or encourage inaction, indifference, obliviousness in the face of injustice and violence. In this powerful and wide-ranging collection, Solnit turns her attention to battles over meaning, place, language, and belonging at the heart of the defining crises of our time. She explores the way emotions shape political life, electoral politics, police shootings and gentrification, the life of an extraordinary man on death row, the pipeline protest at Standing Rock, and the existential threat posed by climate change."--

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