Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics / Edition 1

Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics / Edition 1

by Rebecca Solnit
     
 


"Amongst the best American writers, Rebecca Solnit leads the 'don't mourn, organize' school. In the toxic deserts and suburban badlands of the West, she still finds seeds of paradise and futures redeemable by struggle. Neither lovesongs nor dirges, these remarkable essays are a genre of their own: imagine the intellectual acuity of Susan Sontag alloyed with… See more details below

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"Amongst the best American writers, Rebecca Solnit leads the 'don't mourn, organize' school. In the toxic deserts and suburban badlands of the West, she still finds seeds of paradise and futures redeemable by struggle. Neither lovesongs nor dirges, these remarkable essays are a genre of their own: imagine the intellectual acuity of Susan Sontag alloyed with the holy roar of Walt Whitman."—Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums

"Solnit's is an indispensable voice, and Storming the Gates of Paradise is the perfect introduction to her work."—Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma

"Rebecca Solnit, like some of the places she writes about here, is a national treasure. At a time of reckless arrogance in high places, hers is a voice of moral clarity, wisdom about our country and planet, and impressive erudition that is lightly worn. This book is a tasting menu for the work of a mind and pen we are lucky to have."—Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves

"Solnit is, as she says, a memoirist, a journalist, and a critic, but first and foremost, she is a writer. The essays in Storming the Gates of Paradise, with their brilliant and all too rare interweaving of political acumen and passionate prose, prove that she is in fact the best landscape writer around. When she focuses on some of my favorite Western places, it's like revisiting them in good company, with sharpened eyes and mind."—Lucy R. Lippard, author of The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society

"Rebecca Solnit is reinventing the genre we call 'American nature writing,' finding provocative new ways to look at the intersections of landscape and politics. Hers is an indispensable voice, and Storming the Gates of Paradise the perfect introduction to her work."—Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520256569
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/20/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
436
Sales rank:
1,081,287
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


List of Photographs     xi
Introduction: Prisons and Paradises     1
Uneven Terrain: The West
The Red Lands     15
The Postmodern Old West, or The Precession of Cowboys and Indians     22
The Struggle of Dawning Intelligence: Creating, Revising, and Recognizing Native American Monuments     40
The Garden of Merging Paths     51
Borders and Crossers
A Route in the Shape of a Question     69
Thirty-Nine Steps Across the Border and Back     75
Nonconforming Uses: Teddy Cruz on Both Sides of the Border     97
Trouble Below: Mining, Water, and Nuclear Waste
The Price of Gold, the Value of Water     115
Meanwhile Back at the Ranch     128
Poison Pictures     135
Reaching for the Sky
Excavating the Sky     143
Drawing the Constellations     165
Hugging the Shadows     168
Justice by Moonlight     172
Landscapes of Resistance and Repression
Fragments of the Future: The FTAA in Miami     179
Jailbirds I Have Loved     188
Making It Home: Travels outside the Fear Economy     195
Mirror in the Street     199
Liberation Conspiracies     203
Sontag and Tsunami     216
Gardens andWildernesses
Every Corner Is Alive: Eliot Porter as an Environmentalist and an Artist     225
The Botanical Circus, or Adventures in American Gardening     254
A Murder of Ravens: On Globalized Species     265
Women's Place
Tangled Banks and Clear-Cut Examples     275
Seven Stepping Stones down the Primrose Path: A Talk at a Conference on Landscape and Gender     282
Other Daughters, Other American Revolutions     297
Infernal Museums
California Comedy, or Surfing with Dante     307
The Wal-Mart Biennale     318
The Silence of the Lambswool Cardigans     323
Locked Horns     327
City at the End of the World
The Orbits of Earthly Bodies     333
San Francisco: The Metamorphosis     337
The Heart of the City     345
The Ruins of Memory     351
Gaping Questions     371
Coda: The Pacific Seashell to Ear     379
Acknowledgments     385
Notes     387
Permissions     407
Index     411

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