Storming the Gates of Paradise
Rebecca Solnit has made a vocation of journeying into difficult territory and reporting back, as an environmentalist, antiglobalization activist, and public intellectual. Storming the Gates of Paradise, an anthology of her essential essays from the past ten years, takes the reader from the Pyrenees to the U.S.Mexican border, from San Francisco to London, from open sky to t...more
A brilliant take on the politics of landscape, the gist being:
"Silicon Valley is not unique but typical in contemporary America, a decentralized, defused region; postindustrial, postcommunal, postrural, and posturban--postplace. . .There is the decentralization of anarchist direct democracy in which power is everywhere, an ...more
The book is mainly about the Western part of the country, and ends with a focus ...more
A lot of this collection is really good and engaging, but some of the essays were a little bit boring and kept me from finishing the book in a timely way.
I finally just started skipping things that didn't hold my interest, and that worked pretty well.
Definitely not my recommendation for your first foray into her work, but it's pretty good if you like her and geography and etc.