John Muir in Native America

“Muir’s romantic vision obscured Indigenous ownership of the land—but a new generation is pulling away the veil.”

Source: Sierra Magazine
Published: Mar 2, 2021
Length: 16 minutes (4,210 words)

The Storykiller and His Sentence: Rebecca Solnit on Harvey Weinstein

Rebecca Solnit considers Harvey Weinstein’s 23-year prison sentence through the lens of storytelling, and who gets to do it now that at least two men who were “in charge of stories” — Weinstein and Woody Allen — have in the past week lost so much of their power, and women are now finding their voices.

Source: LitHub
Published: Mar 12, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,765 words)

The American Civil War Didn’t End. And Trump is a Confederate President.

In her new column for The Guardian, Rebecca Solnit makes a solid argument that Donald Trump’s presidency, and his fervent support from white racists, mark an attempt of the Confederacy to rise again.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Nov 4, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,468 words)

Occupied Territory

“But equal space and equal security should not be considered rewards for virtue; they are rights in and of themselves, unrealized in innumerable ways as yet.”

Published: Jul 1, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,502 words)

The Loneliness of Donald Trump

“But the opposite of people who drag you down isn’t people who build you up and butter you up.  It’s equals who are generous but keep you accountable, true mirrors who reflect back who you are and what you are doing.”

Source: LitHub
Published: May 30, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,497 words)

‘Hope is a​n embrace of the unknown​’

In a year in which one calamity seems to follow another on a daily basis, Rebecca Solnit re-examines the meaning of hope in dark times.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 15, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,714 words)

To Break the Story, You Must Break the Status Quo

Advice for journalists, from Rebecca Solnit’s 2016 commencement speech at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Source: Literary Hub
Published: May 27, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,550 words)

Death by Gentrification: The Killing That Shamed San Francisco

Alejandro Nieto was killed by police in the San Francisco neighborhood where he spent his whole life. Solnit examines the case surrounding his death and the disintegration of the communities displaced by “disruption.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 21, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5,317 words)

Abolish High School

(Metered paywall.) Rebecca Solnit explores the downsides of high school culture, and why we need to reconsider it.

Published: Aug 21, 2015
Length: 9 minutes (2,300 words)

The Art of Arrival: Rebecca Solnit on Travel and Friendship

A new Longreads Exclusive from Solnit and Orion magazine.

Source: Orion Magazine
Published: Oct 15, 2014
Length: 19 minutes (4,780 words)