Posts Tagged: Rebecca Solnit

Notable San Francisco: 10/10–10/16

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Literary events in and around the Bay Area this week!

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What to Read When You Want Strong Women Who Refuse to Shut Up About Sexuality

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Steph Auteri shares a list of books to celebrate her book, A DIRTY WORD.

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What to Read When You’re Fed Up with Men

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Alexandra Tweten shares a list to celebrate her new book, BYE FELIPE.

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Facing a Lived Reality: A Conversation with Kelly Sundberg

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Kelly Sundberg discusses her debut memoir, GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL.

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Olzhas Suleimenov and the Power of Antinuclear Activism

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Suleimenov the nomad, the climber of high walls of adventure.

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The Thread: Look What You Made Me Do

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Can a person with some agency ever claim victimization, or are agency and victimhood a binary?

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What to Read When You Want to Celebrate Women’s History

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Rumpus editors select writing that speaks to women’s history—past, present, and future.

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Fitting In

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Without men around to impress, I discovered my own taste—what desire meant beyond the desire to be desirable.

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Claiming Space: A Conversation with Elizabeth Crane

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Elizabeth Crane discusses her latest collection, Turf, how where she has lived has shaped her work, and why she loves writing in first-person plural.

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What to Read When You Are a Nasty Woman

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A list from Kate Harding and Samhita Mukhopadhyay to celebrate the release of Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Erika L. Sánchez

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Erika L. Sánchez discusses her new collection Lessons on Expulsion, pushing back against sexism and misogyny, being a troublemaker, and donkeys.

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What Is Being Charted Here?: Talking with Jennifer S. Cheng

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Poet and essayist Jennifer S. Cheng discusses her collection House A, working “in the dark,” and the idea of home.

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Notable San Francisco: 4/19–4/25

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Wednesday 4/19: Lyrics & Dirges presents “Spring in Translation: Poets on Translation,” featuring Norma Cole, Javier O. Huerta, Alex Cigale, Arceli, Terry Taplin. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown Berkeley. Marcy Dermansky discusses her new book, The Red Car, with Daniel Handler. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park. Thursday 4/20: Cleve Jones, long time gay and labor activist, (When […]

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Melissa Febos

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Melissa Febos discusses her new book Abandon Me, choosing to be celibate for six months, letting go of our own mythologies, and the sexist reaction women receive when they write nonfiction.

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The Rumpus Interview with Lauren Elkin

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Writer and academic Lauren Elkin discusses her latest book Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London, the freedoms and constraints of urban space for women, and the power of first person.

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Notable San Francisco: 12/7–12/13

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Notable San Francisco grieves for the tragic loss of life in Oakland with the burning of Ghost Ship. Making art is a dangerous pastime, but it shouldn’t be life threatening because artists are forced by city gentrification to live on the urban fringe. We honor those lost in our hearts as we keep artistic community alive […]

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Where We Go from Here

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Warrior up! Begin with small actions, like donating or volunteering, if you’re able.

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Those Who Serve

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To me, service is a transaction, and when you serve with real commitment, you might be on the receiving end of an appreciation that feels like a form of love.

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The Rumpus Interview with Belle Boggs

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Belle Boggs discusses The Art of Waiting about navigating through the difficulties of conception and fertility treatment.

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The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Jericho Parms

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What is lost still has substance, is malleable, can take on new impressions, and be molded again to our experience, often resulting in the most lasting force that determines how we see the world.

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The Sunday Rumpus Essay: Casa Azul Cripple

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“I wanted to be sexual/sexualized, but not fetishized. But was becoming someone’s fetish the only way? How was being fetishized different than being desired for having a unique, unrepeatable shape…or would the one leg always and forever be the only thing that mattered?”

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Using Words to Empower Women

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Over at Guernica, Rebecca Solnit writes about how coining new terms can create solidarity by giving a name to shared experiences. This, she says, is vital to feminism, particularly in the wake of the recent Isla Vista massacre: Language is power. When you turn “torture” into “enhanced interrogation,” or murdered children into “collateral damage,” you break […]

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Plunge Into the Dark with Open Eyes

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Terrifying though the unknown may seem, there are benefits to plunging into the murky waters of uncertainty. In an essay featured in the New Yorker, Rebecca Solnit writes, “It’s the job of writers and explorers to see more, to travel light when it comes to preconception, to go into the dark with their eyes open.” There is so much we […]

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The Bay Area: A History of Booms and Busts

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At the London Review of Books, Rebecca Solnit provides readers with historic and contemporary insight into the Bay Area’s long history of “booms and busts”–from the California gold rush to the dot-com bubble—and examines the positive, but mostly detrimental effects these economic changes had/have on Bay Area residents. Solnit’s claims:

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