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Rebecca Gordon: From Mowing the Grass to Cutting the Flesh

If we were sometimes silly, we were also wise enough to know that understanding and taking control of our bodies was a first step to taking control of our lives.

March 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mark Kramer: Walking, and Thoughts Along The Way

In the 2010 indie film The Way, the actor Emilio Estevez says to the actor Martin Sheen, who’s both Estevez’s on-screen and real-life father: “You don’t choose a life, Dad. … Continue reading

March 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Rebecca Solnit: Hope in Dark Times

This has been a truly remarkable decade for movement-building, social change, and deep, profound shifts in ideas, perspective, and frameworks for broad parts of the population (and, of course, backlashes … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

30 Great Quotations from Rebecca Solnit on Walking

“[In Pride and Prejudice] solitary walks express the independence that literally takes the heroine out of the social sphere of the houses and their inhabitants, into a larger, lonelier world … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Solnit: Everything’s Coming Together While Everything Falls Apart

The Climate for 2015 It was the most thrilling bureaucratic document I’ve ever seen for just one reason: it was dated the 21st day of the month of Thermidor in … Continue reading

December 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Solnit: Anywhere But Here

Las Vegas and the Global Casino We Call Wall Street “Oh my God, I’m in hell,” I cried out when the car that had rolled for hours through the luscious … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Solnit: Feminism — The Men Arrive!

(Hooray! Uh-Oh!) What do the prime minister of India, retired National Football League punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari have in common? It’s not that they’ve all walked … Continue reading

November 4, 2014 · 44 Comments

Rebecca Solnit: The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises 

Change in a Time of Climate Change  There have undoubtedly been stable periods in human history, but you and your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents never lived through one, and neither … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Solnit: Men Explain Things to Me

I still don’t know why Sallie and I bothered to go to that party in the forest slope above Aspen. The people were all older than us and dull in … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 5 Comments

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