Rebecca Solnit


FALL 2007

Rebecca Solnit is a writer, art critic, curator, political activist, and educator. She won wide acclaim for her 1994 book Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Landscape Wars of the American West.

Another work, Hollow City: The Siege of San Francisco and the Crisis of American Urbanism (2000), combines text by Solnit with photo essays by Susan Schwartzenberg and traces the devastation attending San Francisco’s dot-com-fueled gentrification: skyrocketing residential and commercial rents that have driven out artists, activists, and the poor; the homogenization of the city’s appearance, industries, and population; and the decay of public life and erasure of sites of civic memory. Solnit is also the author of River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (2003).