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Hope In The Dark
Hope In The Dark | Rebecca Solnit
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At a time when political, environmental and social gloom can seem overpowering, this remarkable work offers a lucid, affirmative and well-argued case for hope. Tracing a history of activism and social change over the past five decades - including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Zapatista uprising in Mexico to Seattle in 1999, and the worldwide marches against the war in Iraq - Solnit proposes a vision of cause-and-effect relations that provides new grounds for political engagement. Solnit's book is accessible and essential reading. Drawing from thinkers of the last century - including Woolf, Ghandi, Borges, Benjamin and Havel. She creates a manifesto for optimism for the twenty-first century and gives us all true reasons to never surrender.
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clairemaire34
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“The world is always being made and is never finished.” Read this book to believe that a better world is possible and that the work that is done towards achieving it is never wasted.

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iamtoddseal
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For someone feeling acutely hopeless these days, this was a tough read at times. The ending chapters, though, provide significant light at the end of the tunnel. Solnit makes the case for hope, even or especially in troubled times. She encourages the notion that two conflicting things can coexist. Hope does not mean it‘s all sunshine and roses, but it‘s also not all darkness and terror. Since either view discourages action, let‘s see it both ways.

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Billypar
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Solnit's first children's book Cinderella Liberator released today, but I'm a little late to her party, this one being my first. She put her finger on the problem with casual political discourse among those of us on the left: cynical grumbling without action. I'm 100% guilty of the same, and this challenged that instinct. I'm not someone who easily joins causes but I'd like to change: this is less of a manual for doing so than a helpful spark.

Chrissyreadit I need some hope. I‘m pretty disgusted by the current situations. 2mo
Emilymdxn I loved this one too! It made such a difference to me reading it 2mo
Billypar @Chrissyreadit This is the book for you then. It was written before the Trump era, but I have a feeling she wouldn't change her perspective now. She writes about hope in a very lucid way, distinguishing it from the 'everything's going to be alright' view. 2mo
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Billypar @Emilymdxn Yeah, I think she does a good job of encouraging a fresh look on activism. Speaking of which- do you have any good book recommendations on climate change activism? Not sure if that's too vague but I'm interested in following this with something that gets into more depth on a single issue. Thanks in advance ☺️ 2mo
Emilymdxn @Billypar for definite! My favourite climate activism book is This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein - a couple years old now but I think it‘s the best one I‘ve read! The Uninhabitable Earth is great too, and Extreme Cities by Ashley Dawson. I really want to read The Omnivore‘s Dilemma and Losing Earth but struggling to afford copies right now - they‘re next on my list! 2mo
Billypar @Emilymdxn Awesome- I will take a look at these: thanks so much! I've been wanting to try Klein- who better to consult in matters of activism, right? 2mo
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Emilymdxn
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This was everything I needed to read right now! I really recommend to anyone feeling miserable or defeated about the state of politics (my government announced a no confidence vote in Theresa May today and idk if I‘m excited or terrified ✨✨✨). Rebecca Solnit has an amazing way of making you feel like anything is still possible and nothing is a lost cause

fleeting Thanks for the review; bumping this up in my tbr pile! 7mo
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Deborah42
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While I enjoyed this collection originally published in 2005 (when we thought Dubya was rock bottom), reading it in the context of the dumpster fire we have now makes it seem almost quaint.

Still, it‘s a good reminder that change is a winding road and you never know what will be waiting around the next bend. Celebrate incremental changes, be grateful for moments of joy, and cultivate hope that our actions can make the world a better place.

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Deborah42
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“Joy doesn‘t betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated, and isolated, joy is a fine initial act of insurrection.”

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kathedron
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A 2016 update of a book published in 2004, there's no escaping the fact that at times it did come across as dated. I kept wanting to object, "But now we have Trump and Brexit!". However, it really did leave me feeling more hopeful. I think my most important take-away from it is the reminder that it is always too soon to calculate the reach of our actions. I'll try to remember that next time I get stuck in the "what's the f*ckng point?" mud-wallow.

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JulietteGF
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Look at what I bought today!!! Tea, because well, I'm a tea addict ;) But also these 4 promising books, bought at my local independent bookstore!!! Now, I just wish I didn't have a shit ton of work, and that I could read instead :(

Kalalalatja Awesome covers! 12mo
JulietteGF @Kalalalatja Yes! They're super nice ;) 12mo
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GlassAsDiamonds
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I‘m not even out of the foreword yet! I think I‘m going to like this book!! ❤️❤️❤️

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GlassAsDiamonds
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Moving from trauma to hope... 😊

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Bookmarkie
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They say this narrator is human, but she sounds like a cyborg to me. This narration is AWFUL and totally distracting from what is probably a decent book. I can't do it. On audio.

Ms_T 😂😂😂 1y
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JSW
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Deeply important read, for me, in this completely bonkers political landscape. Hope is an act of resistance.

JSW I forget who was my secret valentine in 2017, but this was my gift from her. Thank you, secret Litsy valentine!! ❤️ 1y
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JSW
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Chills. Good for them!!!

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kathedron
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Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday yesterday; it was a good day!
Look what my lovely man gave me 😍! My old desk was falling apart and I'd been hankering after a proper writing bureau for years. He and our daughter also added to my TBR. 📚💕

ElishaLovesBooks Happy Belated Birthday!!🎉🎉 1y
Cathythoughts Happy belated birthday 🎉🎉🎉 1y
Lacythebookworm Lovely! Happy Birthday! 🎉 1y
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Lcsmcat Happy Birthday! What a thoughtful family! 1y
DivineDiana Wishing you a fantastic year! 🎉📚🎉 1y
batsy How lovely! What is that pretty book at the bottom? 1y
Jess_Read_This 💐Happy Belated Birthday!💐 What a gorgeous desk!! And a gorgeous pile of books! I love the spine of the bottom one. 1y
DivaDiane It‘s beautiful! 1y
RachelO Happy Birthday! Fantastic present 😊 1y
JazzFeathers 😍😍🎂🎂🎁🎁 1y
batsy Thanks! It's a beautiful cover! 1y
mhillis Happy birthday 🎂 🎁😘 1y
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allusory
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Finishing this up over #booklunch today.

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JSW
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I pretty much want to highlight this entire chapter. All of it.
Seriously, this book is like medicine to my troubled political thoughts.

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nomierosie
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I was set the preface to this as a reading for my course this week and it really resonated with me. Too often we are told not to show or use emotions in politics/political work/decisions. Solint brilliant highlights the use of anger and hope as motivating change. Excited to read the rest #hopeinthedark #emotion #hope #anger #politics

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JSW
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This really helps.

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keithmalek
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keithmalek
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...than this, which suggests that Viagra‘s ultimate purpose may be the survival of animals at the edges of the earth?

My thoughts: What Solnit doesn't realize is that Viagra is tested on dogs, who are later murdered.

Bambolina_81 😢 2y
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keithmalek
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On 9/11

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This isn‘t a long book, but it is full of fierce ideas designed to inspire plenty of action. I couldn‘t think of a better source for today‘s #quotsyjan18 prompt. #organize

GlassAsDiamonds Do you find it at all dated? I thought it sounded fantastic but was slightly thrown by the 2010 publication date. (edited) 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @GlassAsDiamonds It‘s not dated. Her premise is about all the times that chaos birthed resistance that affected change. So it‘s historical but still relevant today. 2y
GlassAsDiamonds @BarbaraTheBibliophage oh good, thanks. It sounds *so* good but I was worried I‘d be reading it thinking “this hope wasn‘t justified”. Will add it to the never ending TBR. Much appreciated. 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @GlassAsDiamonds My pleasure. I love adding to people‘s TBRs. Getting y‘all back for the massive TBR I know have. 😛 2y
GlassAsDiamonds @BarbaraTheBibliophage all‘s fair in love & book recommendations...? 😉😉😉 1y
GlassAsDiamonds Started this this evening ... 😊 I think I‘m already in love, many thanks. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @GlassAsDiamonds Yay—I‘m glad to hear! 1y
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keithmalek
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The naively cynical measure a piece of legislation, a victory, a milestone not against the past or the limits of the possible but against their ideas of perfection.

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keithmalek
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"We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.”

--Ursula K. LeGuin

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keithmalek
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On 9/11:

The population of the towers was lower than usual that morning, because it was an election day and many were voting before heading to work; it seems emblematic that so many were spared because they were exercising their democratic powers.

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keithmalek
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Let‘s remember what actually happened:

When the planes became missiles and the towers became torches and then shards and clouds of dust, many were afraid, but few if any panicked, other than the president, who was far away from danger.

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keithmalek
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Few remember that there was no significant US homeless population before the 1980s, that Ronald Reagan‘s new society and economy created these swollen ranks of street people.

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keithmalek
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I believe in hope as an act of defiance, or rather as the foundation for an ongoing series of acts of defiance, those acts necessary to bring about some of what we hope for while we live by principle in the meantime.

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keithmalek
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Stalin reputedly once said, “Ideas are far more dangerous than guns. We don‘t allow our enemies to have guns, why should we allow them to have ideas?”

Ddzmini 😳 2y
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BeththeBookDragon
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Starting a new one this gray morning.

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keithmalek
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“Critical thinking without hope is cynicism, but hope without critical thinking is naïvete,” the Bulgarian writer Maria Popova recently remarked.

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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#bookresolutions are two fold this year. 1) I would like to make it one complete month with one of these fantastic photo challenges. 2) I am going to try and go through my library and pull out ten books to donate to the local VA hospital or the Literacy Action Center, BEFORE I buy a single new book.

@Jess7 #readingresolutions

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well.read.rose
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ness
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This lovely book is on sale today! @rebeccaschinsky recced it on this week‘s Book Riot Podcast. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01DV1YC30?storeType=ebooks

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BooksAtNight
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I needed these words of wisdom and encouragement today.

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mrozzz
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#Thin books with deep and important ideas.
#30daysofreadathon

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I've read 3 of those and have 2 of the others to read! 👍 2y
mrozzz @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I've also read 3 of the 6! 👌🏻 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @mrozzz LOL! That's such a funny coincidence! 2y
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razmanda
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I couldn't get into the book but loved the conversation! #readharder #midlandssc #ethiopian

bookwrm526 And the food!! I still have to finish the book though, I'm on the last chapter lol 2y
JoeStalksBeck Is that Ethiopian food? 2y
razmanda @JoeStalksBeck yes! And it was amazing! 2y
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Thndrstd
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Rebecca Solnit has become a strong voice for activism in politics, feminism, and environmental causes. This book, a recent reissue of a book she wrote during the Bush (II) administration with a couple of new additional chapters, examines the concept of hope, and how to fight despair against the seemingly overwhelming odds. This book is encouragement and hope itself, reminding us that change is gradual and the smallest effort can have big impacts.

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Melmar
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Read a few more chapters from this book today. I'm enjoying reading it in small doses and being able to reflect on the chapters. I think I'm currently reading too many books. #bookquote #diybookmark

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When we are asked how are we going to build a new world, our answer is, "We don't know, but let's build it together."

#hope #

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Melmar
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This is a great book, I like to read a few chapters whenever I'm feeling down about the news and the Earth in general. Has so many quotes and information to reflect on.

WanderingBookaneer Love that font! What did you use? 2y
Melmar @WanderingBookaneer it's an app called text 2 pic and the font was make a difference 2y
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While I think some aspects of this are still relevant, on the whole I found this disjointed and repetitive. This was less 'hope in the dark', more keep fighting for humanitarian and political change.

shawnmooney I have tried one of her books, which was horribly pretentious and I abandoned it early. But I have since heard her interviewed and read excerpts from other books which seem completely on point so I must not judge her by one bad book. That book was 2y
Books_Wine_Repeat @shawnmooney I need to read more of her work. This one was just ok. She railed on the leftist party quite a bit in this one. Then again this was published in the early 2000s so it's all very dated. 2y
batsy I find her writing a bit lacking when it comes to politics, but I have this on my shelf and hope to read it someday 2y
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AlexGeorge
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Here is what I know: you cannot read a book by Rebecca Solnit without a pen in your hand. #somuchunderlining

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brendanmleonard
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One week ago, I had a huge stacks of small books I was trying to get through - and now it's down to two! (Plus one on my Kindle and a photo book.) Hoping to get through these this weekend - and already looking to next week. I've really enjoyed sharing books with y'all again!

NCNY Black Mirror mug! Awesome!! 2y
drokka We need more Agent Carter in our lives. 2y
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brendanmleonard
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These are all books I am trying to finish...they are short so I really have no excuse! #readwomen

LitLogophile Great desk 👍🏼 2y
LeahBergen Love the desk set up. 😍 2y
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maximoffs
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This is fun!
1. Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. Back there after my medical issues but hoping to get back to LA soon :)
2. "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles" by Julie Andrews
3. Harry Potter or Percy Jackson
4. The Wizard of Oz
5. Gilmore Girls/One Tree Hill/West Wing/Jessica Jones?
6. Beyoncé
7. Pink
8. YA Contemporary/low fantasy
9. Cracker Barrel
10. My mom's dog Willie!
@maich

Leigh0906 The West Wing😍😍 2y
maximoffs @Leigh0906 My #AskaLibrarian request on twitter tomorrow is going to be books like The West Wing. ITS SO GOOD 2y
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maich Hy😘 2y
Lcsmcat I haven't thought about the Whangdoodled in forever. My kids loved that one. 2y
Amandajoy I used to work at Cracker Barrel too! 2y
maximoffs @maich hi!! @Lcsmcat my book is falling apart 😭@amandajoy I like it so far! 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Whangdoodles! 2y
Laalaleighh Still unabashedly Litsy stalking you. The last of the really great whangdoodles is one of the most underrated books of our lifetime. Did you also read Mandy? 2y
maximoffs @Laalaleighh YES! Not as good but I'm biased 2y
Laalaleighh No I agree, Mandy wasn't as good. But I got them both at the same time in big beautiful hardback illustrated editions so they go together in my head Haha. 2y
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gimboid
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Where would we be without it?

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BookishFeminist
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Visiting this for a while tonight. So important to ground ourselves with a mix of hope and caution amid this turmoil. Love to you all. 🖤

ReadingEnvy I think what I love most about this book are the moments where hard work paid off, on local legislation etc., because I feel that's the model where most of us can have the greatest impact. 2y
WhatDeeReads I really like Rebecca Solnit. I've been meaning to read this one. 2y
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DyAnne
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I'm reading this slowly. It is making me feel a wee bit better. Just a wee bit, but I'll take that.

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I inhaled this book - it was exactly what I needed to read at this very moment. It spoke to me on so many different levels and I find myself in a slightly better frame of mind this morning. My first Rebecca Solnit but definitely not my last.

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