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Rebecca Solnit is a writer, historian, and activist. Her books include As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art (2001), River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (2003), A Field Guide to Getting Lost (2006) and Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities (2006). She is a columnist for Orion, and a regular contributor to the Nation Institute’s Tomdispatch daily newsgram.
Urban agriculture: upscale fetish or revolution in the making? It depends in part on what you hope to cultivate.
The economic crisis may be the best opportunity we've had in a long while.
The word radical comes from the Latin word for root; can deciding to stay home be radical?
Like a rebellious teenager, the corporation has turned on its creators to wreak havoc and foment unrest.
The celebrated bodies of Olympic athletes are connected to other bodies that governments would prefer to keep hidden
Radical transformation is all around us, if only we'd train our eyes to look.
Environmentalists might be a lot more effective if they listened to more country music and especially if they listened more often to country music listeners.
Eschew dichotomies and embrace the confluences that make life worth living, and dying for.
Beyond the gallery and the picture frame, art is free to connect with everything else.
How will we get back what we've lost if we're too busy to notice it's gone missing?
As the energy crisis heats up, you may need a refresher on the evidence against nukes.
Must beauty and pleasure wait until after the revolution?
When distant horrors fail to move us, we're in need of a serious reality check.
As the average attention span grows ever shorter, we're apt to miss out on many happy endings.
Real democracy, not representative or misrepresentative democracy, is much more possible on the smaller scale of a functioning community. And maybe only possible on that scale.
The mythology of gold didn't end with the ancient Greeks, and the popular version of this element's story in America leaves out a glittering nemesis.
A lot of activists expect that for every action there is an equal and opposite and punctual reaction, and regard the lack of one as failure. After all, activism is often a reaction...