Free Hope
November 15, 2016 3:22 PM   Subscribe

Rebecca Solnit, perhaps most famous for honing in on the phenomenon of "mansplaining," is offering her book on activism Hope in the Dark for free.
posted by anotherpanacea (11 comments total) 60 users marked this as a favorite
Thank you. Looking forward to reading it.
posted by conrad53 at 3:34 PM on November 15, 2016 [1 favorite]

I've been reading it for a few days now. It has, in fact, given me hope.

The New Jim Crow Organizer's Guide is also only $1 on Amazon right now.
posted by tofu_crouton at 3:45 PM on November 15, 2016 [6 favorites]

I've been reading this and avoiding Twitter/news sites/political podcasts like the plague, and it has helped. Some of it has dated (uh-oh, Hugo Chavez...) but it's bristling with ideas and heart.
posted by Gin and Broadband at 3:55 PM on November 15, 2016

Phew. I almost bought it yesterday. (Not that it would've been a waste of money by any stretch, but ... my budget only allows for a select few at the moment.)
posted by mykescipark at 4:26 PM on November 15, 2016

She is so brilliant and wonderful. I love her.
posted by the turtle's teeth at 5:31 PM on November 15, 2016 [2 favorites]

Can also recommend her compendium of essays from a few years ago, Storming the Gates of Paradise. I started reading it a few days before the election and while some of the essays are several years old now (ie mid-90s), much of what she says really holds up. One 1995 essay in particular on the nowhere and everywhere-ness of Silicon Valley and the dystopian promise of being connected everywhere without actually having to leave your house and talk to people feels so prescient with recent chatter of filter/algorithm bubbles.
posted by mostly vowels at 6:05 PM on November 15, 2016 [4 favorites]

Downloaded. Thank you.
posted by valetta at 6:23 PM on November 15, 2016

Solnit had a talk with Christopher Hawthorne (LA Times architecture critic) at the LAPL last week as part of the ALOUD series, available here.
posted by Celsius1414 at 5:44 AM on November 16, 2016 [1 favorite]

Thank you! I really love Rebecca Solnit's work and I haven't read this one yet.
posted by Lycaste at 9:40 AM on November 16, 2016

Has the offer passed? I'm not seeing it.
posted by anshuman at 6:58 AM on November 17, 2016

Looks like it's at $5.99 now.
posted by tofu_crouton at 11:11 AM on November 17, 2016

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