The Mother of All Questions

The Mother of All Questions

by Rebecca Solnit
The Mother of All Questions

The Mother of All Questions

by Rebecca Solnit


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In a timely follow-up to her national bestseller Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit offers indispensable commentary on women who refuse to be silenced, misogynistic violence, the fragile masculinity of the literary canon, the gender binary, the recent history of rape jokes, and much more.

In characteristic style, Solnit mixes humor, keen analysis, and powerful insight in these essays.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608467402
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 529,510
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 eighteen or so books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including the books Men Explain Things to Me and Hope in the Dark, both also with Haymarket; a trilogy of atlases of American cities; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in DisasterA Field Guide to Getting LostWanderlust: 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). A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at Harper's and a regular contributor to the Guardian.

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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