Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities Paperback – 1 Apr 2004
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"Solnit, an original and penetrating thinker with a gift for inventive metaphors and syntactical grace." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Rebecca Solnit's previous books include River of Shadows, Hollow City, As Eve Said to the Serpent, Savage Dreams and Wanderlust: A History of Walking. An activist and cultural historian, she writes about place, environment, politics and culture. Rebecca Solnit is the recipient of the Lannan literary award and lives in San Francisco. SHe is the winner of the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"It turns out, for example, the Viagara is good for endangered species. Animal parts that traditional Chinese medicine prescribed as aphrodisiacs and for treating impotence -- including green turtles, seahorses, geckos, hooded and harp seals, and the velvet from the half-grown antlers of caribou -- are, thanks to the new drug, no longer in such demand. What more comic form of the mysterious unfolding of the world is there than this, which suggests that Viagara's ultimate purpose may be the survival of animals at the edges of the planet?" (p.77-78)
Occasionally her activist life, her community, and all of world history come together in panoramas of bard-like awareness:
"Take a third Pacific species, though -- the brown pelican, which also nearly disappeared then came back -- and imagine one pelican's trajectory from Ocean Beach, the western edge of my city and my own continent.
Imagine it soaring with the heavy prehistoric grace of a pterodactyl down Fulton Street, the long street that starts at the beach, parallels the north side of Golden Gate Park, and carries on after the park ends to run east through the old African-American neighborhood, past surviving gospel churches and extict barbershops to the little formal garden between the War Memorial Building and the Opera House, then straight into City Hall, whose great guilded dome straddles the street. Let that pelican soar through the echoing central atrium where in 1961 students who protested the anticommunist purges were washed down the marble stairs with fire hoses, let the bird float out the other side, going on east, to United Nations Plaza, where Fulton dead-ends into Market Street, the city's main artery. This is the place where I stand in the present to face past and future, the place where stories come together, one of the countless centers of the world." (p.139-140)
--author of Correcting Jesus: 2000 Years of Changing the Story
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Tolle, lege! Pick it up and read it! We all need this.
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