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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (26 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520262506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520262508
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.8 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"A joyous book."--"San Francisco Chronicle"

"A fresh and intriguing spin on mapmaking."--"Utne"

"Inventive and affectionate."--"New York Times Book Review"

"This is an amazing and thought-provoking book."--"Geist"

"Inventive and affectionate."--Lise Funderburg"New York Times Book Review" (12/05/2010)

"This nicely designed book offers a collection of essays and subject specific maps anyone who loves San Francisco will enjoy poring over."--Bob Walch"Bookloons.com" (10/18/2011)

"Brilliantly disorients our native sense of place."--Jonathon Keats"San Francisco Magazine" (12/01/2010)

"A richly textured graphic book that no electronic format can master yet, Infinite City features Rebecca Solnit as cultural and historical tour guide through the city she calls home."--Bridget Kinsella"Shelf Awareness" (10/18/2010)

"A fresh and intriguing spin on mapmaking."--Elizabeth Ryan"Utne" (11/01/2010)

"A thrilling new book."--Nicole Gluckstern"San Francisco Bay Guardian" (12/01/2010)

"A gorgeously produced collection of maps and essays."--Nikil Saval"Los Angeles Review Of Books" (07/28/2011)

"A treasure of intricate, intimate maps."--Adam Hartzell"SF360" (12/20/2010)

Inventive and affectionate. --Lise Funderburg"New York Times Book Review" (12/05/2010)"

This nicely designed book offers a collection of essays and subject specific maps anyone who loves San Francisco will enjoy poring over. --Bob Walch"Bookloons.com" (10/18/2011)"

Brilliantly disorients our native sense of place. --Jonathon Keats"San Francisco Magazine" (12/01/2010)"

A richly textured graphic book that no electronic format can master yet, Infinite City features Rebecca Solnit as cultural and historical tour guide through the city she calls home. --Bridget Kinsella"Shelf Awareness" (10/18/2010)"

A fresh and intriguing spin on mapmaking. --Elizabeth Ryan"Utne" (11/01/2010)"

A thrilling new book. --Nicole Gluckstern"San Francisco Bay Guardian" (12/01/2010)"

A gorgeously produced collection of maps and essays. --Nikil Saval"Los Angeles Review Of Books" (07/28/2011)"

A treasure of intricate, intimate maps. --Adam Hartzell"SF360" (12/20/2010)"

From the Inside Flap

"At last a field book with the sense of San Francisco--the non sense, the real sense, the mysteries of the microclimates, gays and butterflies, gangs, boulevards and mysterious alleys. All here!"--Michael McClure

"Downright near infinite, at any rate, the good fortune of a city blessed with such antic chroniclers as Rebecca Solnit, First Citizen of the Imagination, and her entire splendid crew. There's one map missing, though, from this marvelous little volume: the MRI of any reader lucky enough to wander into its myriad graven precincts--synapses firing, dendrites scintillating away, a whole mad happy carnival of fresh neuronal associations."--Lawrence Weschler, author of Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences

"Solnit's writing is born of intense reverie and deep reading, passionate inquiry and political defiance; she is a lyric questor for the texture of everyday life, and she attends to places and to their variety and particularity with an exhilarating form of attention that illuminates and transforms her subjects. Infinite City is a marvellous atlas, a new approach to history-making and storytelling; it's also a highly original praise song to many San Franciscos, a multi-layered and polyphonic testament, alert to the play of detail and to the grand design, to the shadows of memory that fall, the restless shifts in the urban scene and the vital energy of overlooked subjectivities."--Marina Warner

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This book is beautiful. No question about it. The print is a delight and the maps are interesting and informative, as well as being works of art in their own right. What lets the book down is that this has been written by multiple authors with some pretty obvious and extreme biases. Some (the named author in particular) have written interesting, informative articles to go with the map in question. Others have written turgid diatribes that are boring and difficult to read. And one has to say, this entire book has a certain political perspective which might best be described as 'left-wing hippy academic', written by ivory tower students. No problem with that in principle, but it can wear a bit thin after a while. For example, there is lots of bemoaning the loss of manufacturing and blue collar workers and overt statements that modern industry is mostly a waste of time, instead of celebrating the birth and evolution of silicon valley (which is not mentioned once). It should be noted by the way, that whilst focussed on San Francisco, this does extend to the whole of Northern California for some topics. All in all, a bit of a curate's egg: good in parts, not in others. When it is good though, it's really good.
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Sent as a birthday present so I haven't seen it but the recipient is overwhelmed by its brilliance and can hardly wait to see for herself, later this year, the places presented in the atlas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "San Francisco contains many more than eight hundred thousand living maps" 19 Nov. 2010
By Michael R. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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The beautiful "Infinite City" belongs on any list of essential San Francisco books. Rebecca Solnit and her collaborators have taken a core sample of the endless layers of San Francisco history and laid it out in twenty-two brilliantly imagined maps and eighteen essays exploring the city's history, geography, demography, biology, and myth. "Infinite City" is vast enough to encompass the Coliseum, Coronet and Alexandria theaters; the Pipevine swallowtail, Satyr anglewing, and Orange sulfur butterflies; the Yelamu, Aramai, and Urebure peoples; the "McKittrick Hotel", "Argosy Book Shop", and Ernie's; Josephine McCrackin, Carrie Stevens Walter, and Barbara Eastman; Bechtel, RoboteX, and Jeppesen; Jimbo's Bop City, Ann's 440, and the Six Gallery; Acme Export Packing, the Pacific Far East Line, and Triple A Machine Shop; and the Richmond Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. The book itself is as lovingly designed as anything McSweeney's has published, proof that until we stop needing tactile pleasures, the screen will never replace the page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! 14 April 2013
By C. Pierce - Published on Amazon.com
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I was born and raised in the Oakland/ San Francisco Bay Area, living elsewhere in the country right now but this book brought my home right back to me. The atlas reminded me of childhood things like the canneries my mother worked in and the cast iron penny bank my father brought me from an excavating job he was on in the 1950s. I later discovered that bank was buried in the rubble of a building at the time of the great earthquake. If you know the bay you know it's sights, sounds and the blood that runs through it, if you're born there it's always with you and sometimes if you only lived there for a little while. It's history is filled with seekers, adventurers, dreamers and villians. Great calm and great calamity. Most of all it made me think of a place as an atlas. Any place is more than it's present appearance, this was an adventure in thinking differently and was written so beautifully it could only have been done by someone who knows the city's heart and soul, warts and all. I will definately read this over and over.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!! 11 Jun. 2014
By M. Von Jaeger - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought it for a friend who grew up in San Francisco and who loves exploring different books & media about S.F. He fell in Love with it I will be buying another copy for myself since it is a fascinating variety of perspectives and colorful maps with interesting information.. I Love It!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Incredible Book! 20 Feb. 2014
By saidmusician - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who wants to learn about San Francisco on a level much deeper than any magazine article, blog, or newspaper-- BUY THIS! It is incredible. I just moved to SF in September, and I really wanted to dive into some unique history and stories about this city. This book was the answer. It's a great conversation piece and also a great way to plan adventures throughout San Francisco.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best if you want more than a tourist's guide to SF 26 May 2014
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This is one of the best books about San Francisco --
if you want more than the usual tourist information.
It is smart, compelling, and full of very well-designed
and interesting maps.
The author provides a fascinating mix of history and contemporary information,
and strives to provide readers with more than the standard historical accounts.
Best of all, she includes information that only the most observant,
keen-minded inhabitant would know and experience.
Smart, funny, useful . . . really, it's the best.
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