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Whose Story Is This? Old Conflicts, New Chapters by Rebecca Solnit
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I love Solnit and will pretty much read anything she publishes, but when reading her collections I have the strong feeling that going cover-to-cover is the wrong approach. I usually see her LitHub essays when they come out (including some in this collection), and feel that that is a much preferable format to read her in--better to space them out over time and give yourself time to digest, because she packs many ideas into an essay and I think they reward rumination. However, I like her writing so much that I cannot stop myself from reading cover to cover when a new collection such as this one comes out. As a result, I think the essays are ultimately less clearly distinguished in my mind when I think back on them.

Probably my favorite essay here is "Nobody Knows," which you can also read at Harper's where it was originally published: https://harpers.org/archive/2018/03/n.... It's a great mix of two main concepts--one describing the way that power permits itself ignorance (an idea I associate mostly with David Graeber), and the other describing the importance of the distinction between "a nobody" knowing an unbecoming fact and "a somebody" knowing the same fact--tied together with Solnit's own personal experience moving back and forth between being perceived as "a nobody" and "a somebody."
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