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Dining, SFoodie Wildhawk Is a Cipher, But It’s Also a Bar

Wildhawk Is a Cipher, But It’s Also a Bar

Rebecca Solnit has been on a tear lately. The notable writer and San Francisco resident of 35 years, known for penning the most intellectually vigorous takedown to date of the city’s tech shuttle culture advocates, recently wrote an impassioned…
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Calendar, Night&Day The World Inside and Outside oneself

The World Inside and Outside oneself

Meandering from personal life stories to popular myths and tales of others who have informed her life, Rebecca Solnit explores the relationship between storytelling and the creation of self in her latest book, The Faraway Nearby. Solnit's prose provides…
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News, A Survey of Gentrification Lit: Notable Achievements in the Genre

A Survey of Gentrification Lit: Notable Achievements in the Genre

Back in February, San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius began a piece about the changes taking place in San Francisco with the following two sentences: "Gentrification," he wrote. "It's happening with surprisingly little grumbling." Which raises the question: Just which…
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Calendar, Night&Day Spirituality and Salmon

Spirituality and Salmon

Author Rebecca Solnit is consistently fascinating no matter what her topic. In 2001's Hollow City, she shone a bright light on the issues created by gentrification. Her award-winning 2003 book, River of Shadows, used photographer Eadweard Muybridge as an entry…
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Culture, Books Rebecca Solnit argues that disasters bring out the best in humanity in <i>A Paradise Built in Hell</i>

Rebecca Solnit argues that disasters bring out the best in humanity in A Paradise Built in Hell

Not long after the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit felt a strange, surprising sensation. It was, she writes, "that sense of immersion in the moment and solidarity with others caused by the rupture of everyday…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight

The shadowy world of classified military projects, which accounts for $32 billion a year in funding, is a curious place. The people involved can’t tell you anything about it -- they’d have to kill you -- but they like to…
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Culture, Books A Coherent Landscape

A Coherent Landscape

Storming the Gates of Paradise is an oddly bombastic title for the new collection of essays by San Francisco thinker Rebecca Solnit. The thirtysomething activist, intellectual, and writer is a force all right, a restless investigator into the shadows and…
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Culture, Bookcap

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

By Rebecca Solnit Penguin (June) $15 San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit has written a perfect treatise for a city of temporal population. So many stop off here for a few years, on the way to or from Los Angeles or…
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