Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and the Mark Lynton History Prize, and a 2004 Wired Rave Award for River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, plus an NEA Fellowship for Literature and the Lannan Literary Award, among many others, Rebecca Solnit writes about landscape, cities, place, cultural geographies, the environment, visual culture, counter-narratives and the uses of story.
Her twelfth book, just published in August, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster tells of community and the government response to disasters:
Surveying disasters from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, she shows that the typical response to calamity is spontaneous altruism, self-organization and mutual aid, with neighbors and strangers calmly rescuing, feeding and housing each other. Indeed, the main problem in such emergencies, she contends, is the elite panic of officials who clamp down with National Guardsmen and stifling regulations.
Official Website: http://cwgp.org/rebecca_solnit.php
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