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Hope In The Dark : Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities
Return to Book Page. Preview — Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit. With Hope in the DarkRebecca Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable.
Solniit on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural, and political history, Solnit argues that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of With Hope in the DarkRebecca Solnit makes solnih radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable.
Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural, and political history, Solnit argues that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on an unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next.
Paperbackpages. Published June 16th by Canongate Books first published April 1st Essays – Solnit Trilogy.
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Lists with This Book. Nov 25, Oriana marked it as didntfinish-yet Shelves: I’m a big fan of Rebecca Solnit — deep and moving essayist, unapologetic feminist and activist, inventor of the term “mansplaining,” all-around brilliant gal. I cannot recommend strongly enough that you follow her on FBwhere she is in the midst of a tireless campaign of resistance, deligitimizing our Horror-in-Chief, and spreading action steps so we can all do the same.
And I’m editing this part of my review, because I do not wish to stop anyone from either reading this book or from feeling ho I’m a big fan of Rebecca Solnit — deep and moving essayist, unapologetic feminist and activist, inventor of the term “mansplaining,” all-around brilliant gal. And I’m editing this part of my review, because I do not wish to stop anyone from either reading this book or from feeling hope in general in these harrowing times.
For me, personallyI found this to be the absolute wrong moment to read it, because right now, having hope is not something I feel capable of.
But if it works for you, please, by all means, grab it and hold on tight. To clarify my point, though: This is a series of essays about people power and direct action and quiet revolutions and radical upheavals, from Seattle to Bolivia to Berlin, from the Zapatistas to the WTO strikes to the fight for marriage equality.
Those are unquestionably great, great moments, beautiful confluences where, by luck or chance or design, people came together to make great strides. But this book was written injust after Bush was reelected remember those halcyon days when George fucking W was the worst Republican we could fathom?!
So, for example, early on you have this passage: In the past couple of years two great waves of despair have come in — or perhaps waves is too energetic a term since the despair felt like a stall, a becalming, a running aground.
Bush was running for President of the World. Which is to say the world lost. And suddenly I couldn’t hear myself think over the sound of history catastrophically repeating itself. I couldn’t see these words through my fucking rage-tears. Hope is not something I can feel at all right now, and it’s definitely not something I can get from this book today, in the Year of Our Lordwhen the walking embodiment of toxic masculinity and inarticulate xenophobia is about to take the helm of this goddamn country.
But, again, if this helps you, by all means read it and love it. And then let’s get fucking rebecxa to fight. View all 18 comments. Oct 11, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my blog.
Stressing that change rarely is absolute, immediate, or straightforward, the essayist convincingly argues for approaching civic engagement rebecxa a way of life, fueled by the belief that a more just world is always possible. The speed at which Solnit synthesizes disparate ideas is astounding, and her hopefulness is as inspiring and moving as it ever has been. View all 3 comments. I found this a rather disappointing and rebecda book, that depressed me more than it gave me hope. Maybe because it was written pre-Trump and a lot of the hopeful thing she says just seem more and more naive with each day.
Yes, she gives some examples of hope campaigning and fighting for the right things can change and move, and how we often can’t see the impact our positive actions have right away. But overall it was just a reminder of how big the beast is we’re up against. Especially when s I found this a rather disappointing and disjointed book, that depressed me more than it gave me hope.
Especially when she mentioned climate change? Boy, I’ve been so depressed While the book was depressing, that’s not enough to only give it two stars. I also felt it wasn’t really informative and kinda all over the place. Fearmongering and anti-science is really nothing that gives me “hope in the dark” View all 7 comments.
This is a book written at the time of the younger US President Bush with some updates and pitched at the political left broadly conceived as an antidote to despair and hopelessness. Although she thinks of despair as a problem particularly prevalent to the political left, I think you could with one exception read her book inside-out from other political perspectives. Perfection renecca the Eden, that Paradise, that Man and Woman were cast out of due to their disobedience. For Solnit lasting hope comes only through rebfcca embrace of other cultural traditions that all the imperfection and perhaps the imperfectability of the world, virtue by itself doesn’t triumph and never can, only mutual effort between strange bedfellows based on shared common ground, act local: Her pitch, reasonably enough, is to the emotions: Hope just means another world might be possible, not promised, not guaranteed.
Hope calls for action” p. Here History as a garden, rich with processes of growth and decay. This is a book which is above all charming and wise, and while I did draw in my breath, sharply at her enumeration of certain election victories and delayed oil pipelines, seeing now some years later that none of these was permanent and maybe not much to celebrate in the first place but from her kinder perspective I had a sense that a change of government due to the content of ballot boxes is itself something huge and bigger still in certain countries in which this has not yet become an established habit and considering the advantages that oil companies have at their disposal, even delaying them is an achievement.
View all 6 comments. This essay collection includes an array of thought-provoking ideas, including viewing activism as a process and not just an outcome, the skill of honoring small victories while acknowledging larger jope, and using hope as a self-aware source of motivation to fuel further action.
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Though Hope in the Dark first came out in response to the Bush administration’s invas 4. Though Hope in the Dark first came out in response to the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq, many of its lessons apply to how awful, racist, sexist, etc.
Rebecca Solnit achieves depth by creating a cohesive, rrbecca, and urgent argument about the importance of hope, and she achieves tye by applying this argument to feminism, gay rights, climate justice, Native American activism, and more.
One of the passages that stood out to me the most and made my heart soar: I say it because hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency; because hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer the future away from endless war, from the annihilation of the earth’s treasures and the grinding down of the poor and marginal.
Hope calls for action; action is impossible without hope. To hope is to give yourself to the future, and that commitment to the future makes the present inhabitable. On a side note, jope book helped me process my grief about the cancellation of my favorite TV show, which I write about here. I look forward to carrying this book’s lessons into solnig future, which I will fill with actions and thoughts and hope.
View all 4 comments. Tne 10, Kristina Horner rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really needed this.
I’ve been listening to this book sporadically over the past month or two on my commute and it left me with a lot of nope ideas that are tbe helping me get through a lot of the crap going on right now.
It’s a great book. Biggest takeaway was that we shouldn’t be afraid to celebrate small wins, even if the fight isn’t over. The fight is never over. We can always improve, there’s always going to be more causes to fight for, but we have to celebrate progress – and then keep fi I really needed this.
We can always improve, there’s always going to be more causes to fight for, but we have to celebrate progress – and then keep fighting. It’s what will keep us from losing that hope we need to keep going. I also loved this: Optimism is similarly confident about what will happen.
Both are grounds for not acting. Hope can be the knowledge that reality doesn’t necessarily match our plans. Its hard for me to exaggerate how important I feel this book is and how personally relevant it was for me to read it right now.
Rebecca Solnit’s prose, per usual, is a pleasure to read, but more than that, she hits home with her message for anyone who feels overwhelmed, terrified, discouraged and desperate about the current state of affairs in politics, the environment gope social issues. Over and over again, her retelling of a story allowed me to reframe a story of my own, personal and public.
W Its hard for me to exaggerate how important I feel this book is and how personally relevant it was for me to read it right now. We live at a critical moment in history – at a time when its easy to look around and say, I can’t do anything about this mess.
That’s the easy answer. The more complicated and hopeful answer is to do the thing that life is demanding of us anyway, with no guarantees, and reebecca do it with faith that it will have some far reaching impact of which I may never be aware.
This applies in private life as well as public. There is no certainty to be had. That which we work for today may never come to pass, but our job is to join with others and do the work anyway – with courage, creativity, passion and pleasure – and never stop believing no rebeccq what the news says.