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
Gathered here are celebrated iconic essays along with little-known pieces that create a powerful survey of the world we live in, from the jungles of the Zapatistas in Mexico to the splendors of the Arctic. This rich collection tours places as diverse as Haiti and Iceland; movements like Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring; an original take on the question of who did Henry David Thoreau’s laundry; and a searching look at what the hatred of country music really means.
Solnit moves nimbly from Orwell to Elvis, to contemporary urban gardening to 1970s California macramé and punk rock, and on to searing questions about the environment, freedom, family, class, work, and friendship. It’s no wonder she’s been compared in Bookforum to Susan Sontag and Annie Dillard and in the San Francisco Chronicle to Joan Didion.
Image Credit: From the cover of Rebecca Solnit’s book Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness [ Buy Now ]