Call Them by Their True Names
American Crises (and Essays)Book - 2018
Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books including the international bestseller Men Explain Things to Me. Called "the voice of the resistance" by the New York Times, she has emerged as an essential guide to our times, through her incisive commentary on feminism, violence, ecology, hope, and everything in between.
In this powerful and wide-ranging collection, Solnit turns her attention to battles over meaning, place, language, and belonging at the heart of the defining crises of our time. She explores the way emotions shape political life, electoral politics, police shootings and gentrification, the life of an extraordinary man on death row, the pipeline protest at Standing Rock, and the existential threat posed by climate change.
Changing the world means changing the story, the names, and the language in which we describe it. Calling things by their true names can also cut through the lies that excuse, disguise, avoid, or encourage inaction, indifference, obliviousness in the face of injustice and violence.
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Emily Kohring is a theatre artist and educator, and an arts administrator. She is currently Executive Director of Artscope, a youth arts organization in Tower Grove Park. She consults with schools and educators around Missouri on arts learning in K-12 classrooms. She lives in St. Louis and is a Montana girl at heart. My favorite book as a child: The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warren… (more)