June 24 marks the birthday of renowned American social critic Rebecca Solnit.
In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to her work.
Rebecca Solnit has been featured on our list of
10 Social Critics that Christians Should Read
The most startling thing about disasters, according to award-winning author Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purposefulness, and meaningful work that disaster often provides. A Paradise Built in Hell is an investigation of the moments of altruism, resourcefulness, and generosity that arise amid disaster’s grief and disruption and considers their implications for everyday life. It points to a new vision of what society could become-one that is less authoritarian and fearful, more collaborative and local.
Image Credit: From the cover of Rebecca Solnit’s book Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness [ Buy Now ]