The Mother of All Questions

The Mother of All Questions

by Rebecca Solnit

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ISBN-13: 9781608467402
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 90,343
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Writer, historian, and activist REBECCA SOLNIT is the author of sixteen books about environment, landscape, community, art, politics, hope, and memory, including Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, (which began as her first TomDispatch essay back in 2003); The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and the Lannan Literary Award); and atlases of San Francisco and New Orleans. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a contributing editor to Harper’s and frequent contributor to TomDispatch.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Mother of All Questions 3

1 Silence is Broken

A Short History of Silence 17

I The Ocean around the Archipelago 17

II Every Man an Island: Male Silence 27

III Silence: The Cages 38

IV The Flooded City 52

An Insurrectionary Year 69

Feminism: The Men Arrive 85

One Year after Seven Deaths 97

The Short Happy Recent History of the Rape Joke 105

2 Breaking the Story

Escape from the Five-Million-Year-Old Suburb 115

The Pigeonholes When the Doves Have Flown 123

80 Books No Woman Should Read 135

Men Explain Lolita to Me 141

The Case of the Missing Perpetrator 151

Giantess 159

Acknowledgments and Text Credits 171

Artwork Credits 175

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