THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TROUBLE AND SPACIOUSNESS

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The Encyclopedia Of Trouble And Spaciousness

Author : Rebecca Solnit
ISBN : 9781595341990
Genre : Social Science
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The incomparable Rebecca Solnit, author of more than a dozen acclaimed, prizewinning books of nonfiction, brings the same dazzling writing to the essays in 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, from the jungles of the Zapatistas in Mexico to the splendors of the Arctic. This rich collection tours places as diverse as Haiti and Iceland; movements like Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring; an original take on the question of who did Henry David Thoreau’s laundry; and a searching look at what the hatred of country music really means. Solnit moves nimbly from Orwell to Elvis, to contemporary urban gardening to 1970s California macramé and punk rock, and on to searing questions about the environment, freedom, family, class, work, and friendship. It’s no wonder she’s been compared in Bookforum to Susan Sontag and Annie Dillard and in the San Francisco Chronicle to Joan Didion. The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness proves Rebecca Solnit worthy of the accolades and honors she’s received. Rarely can a reader find such penetrating critiques of our time and its failures leavened with such generous heapings of hope. Solnit looks back to history and the progress of political movements to find an antidote to despair in what many feel as lost causes. In its encyclopedic reach and its generous compassion, Solnit’s collection charts a way through the thickets of our complex social and political worlds. Her essays are a beacon for readers looking for alternative ideas in these imperiled times.
Category: Social Science

Inside Out

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ISBN : UOM:39015067666415
Genre : Art
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Inside Out ISBN 1-891273-06-X / 978-1-891273-06-3 Hardcover, 6.5 x 7.25 in. / 92 pgs / 24 color. / U.S. $20.00 CDN $24.00 October / Fiction
Category: Art

Men

Author : Laura Kipnis
ISBN : 9781627791878
Genre : Social Science
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The author of How to Become a Scandal presents a heavily researched collection of essays on the archetypes of wayward masculinity to offer intellectual insight into notorious public examples.
Category: Social Science

Nature And Culture

Author : Sarah Pilgrim
ISBN : 9781849776455
Genre : Nature
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There is a growing recognition that the diversity of life comprises both biological and cultural diversity. But this division is not universal and, in many cases, has been deepened by the common disciplinary divide between the natural and social sciences and our apparent need to manage and control nature. This book goes beyond divisive definitions and investigates the bridges linking biological and cultural diversity. The international team of authors explore the common drivers of loss, and argue that policy responses should target both forms of diversity in a novel integrative approach to conservation, thus reducing the gap between science, policy and practice. While conserving nature alongside human cultures presents unique challenges, this book forcefully shows that any hope for saving biological diversity is predicated on a concomitant effort to appreciate and protect cultural diversity.
Category: Nature

Riding The Black Cockatoo

Author : John Danalis
ISBN : 9781741763560
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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All through his growing-up years, John Danalis's family had an Aboriginal skull on the mantelpiece; yet only as an adult after enrolling in an Indigenous Writing course did he ask his family where it came from and whether it should be restored to its rightful owners. This is the compelling story of how the skull of an Aboriginal man, found on the banks of the Murray River more than 40 years ago, came to be returned to his Wamba Wamba descendants. It is a story of awakening, atonement, forgiveness, and friendship. ""It is as if a whole window into Indigenous culture has blown open, not jus.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Storming The Gates Of Paradise

Author : Rebecca Solnit
ISBN : 0520256565
Genre : History
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An anthology of nearly forty essays, representing the author's work over the past ten years, offers an insightful overview of American politics, current affairs, culture, society, and history, written from the perspective of a noted environmentalist, anti-globalization activist, and public intellectual. By the author of A Field Guide to Getting Lost.
Category: History

Wanderlust

Author : Rebecca Solnit
ISBN : 1101199555
Genre : Social Science
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A passionate, thought provoking exploration of walking as a political and cultural activity, from the author of Men Explain Things to Me Drawing together many histories--of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores--Rebecca Solnit creates a fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking. Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers. She profiles some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction--from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja--finding a profound relationship between walking and thinking and walking and culture. Solnit argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.
Category: Social Science

A California Bestiary

Author : Rebecca Solnit
ISBN : 1597141259
Genre : Art
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Inspired by medieval bestiaries, a creative survey of the author and illustrator's magical beasts imagines the characteristics and illusory properties of various fantastical native California creatures, from the bluebelly lizard and the California condor to the elephant seal and the tule elk, in a volume created in partnership with the Oakland Zoo.
Category: Art

River Of Shadows

Author : Rebecca Solnit
ISBN : 9781101662663
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The world as we know it today began in California in the late 1800s, and Eadweard Muybridge had a lot to do with it. This striking assertion is at the heart of Rebecca Solnit’s new book, which weaves together biography, history, and fascinating insights into art and technology to create a boldly original portrait of America on the threshold of modernity. The story of Muybridge—who in 1872 succeeded in capturing high-speed motion photographically—becomes a lens for a larger story about the acceleration and industrialization of everyday life. Solnit shows how the peculiar freedoms and opportunities of post–Civil War California led directly to the two industries—Hollywood and Silicon Valley—that have most powerfully defined contemporary society.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Faraway Nearby

Author : Rebecca Solnit
ISBN : 9780143125495
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A companion to A Field Guide for Getting Lost explores the ways that people construct lives from stories and connect to each other through empathy, narrative and imagination, sharing illustrative anecdotes about historical figures and members of her own family. By the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of River of Shadows.
Category: Biography & Autobiography