Hope in the Dark

Posted: December 9, 2016 by Mo Crow in good books, It's Crow Time
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hope-mo16Just finished reading “Hope in the Dark” by Rebecca Solnit
her fierce brave words open the heart like a flower, excerpt from p.67-
“… A couple of years ago, a friend wrote to urge me to focus on the lyrical end of my writing rather than activism and I wrote back, “What is the purpose of resisting corporate globalization if not to protect the obscure, the ineffable, the unmarketable, the  unmanageable, the local, the poetic, and the eccentric? So they need to be practiced, celebrated, and studied too, right now.” I could have added that these acts themselves are forms of resistance; the two are not necessarily separate practices.”opening-mo16

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    • Mo Crow says:

      Rebecca Solnit is such an inspiration, “A Field Guide to Getting Lost” is a perennial favourite, I just gave myself a copy to give the library’s a rest!

  1. Nothin like a restfull library, an inspiration or a perfect flower.

  2. Have just downloaded The faraway nearby or vice versa. Looking forward to reading it.

    • Mo Crow says:

      Thinking a lot about how we share ideas and their influence on art, Rebecca Solnit says it beautifully in “The Faraway Nearby” (pages 191-192)
      “With practice you can pause the conversation in your head and around you, but exiting it is not an option; it is you; and if you’re lucky you’re it, participating in making this tangible and immaterial world around us and within you. You build yourself out of the materials at hand and those you seek out and choose, you build your beliefs, your alliances, your home though some of us have far more latitude than others in all those things. You digest an idea or an ethic as though it was bread, and like bread it becomes part of you. Out of all this comes your contribution to the making of the world, your sentences in the ongoing interchange. The tragedy of the imprisoned, the unemployed, the disenfranchised, and the marginalized is to be silenced in this great ongoing conversation, this symphony that is another way to describe the world.”

  3. Rebecca Solnit is such a great writer. And so inspiring. She makes a difference, and so do you! Happy holidays.

  4. Mo, this constant thinking….it would be such a relief to diminish
    since stitchin and felting is not possible with a 2x broken wrist in cast, i’m restless, exploding with i want to do.
    reading reading reading…i go searching the book you named

  5. handstories says:

    Just a sentence of her beautiful brilliant writing can fill me.

  6. debgorr says:

    Rebecca Solnit has become a favorite for me, even though I haven’t finished any of her books yet. I just dive in and out. I am slowly working my way through Wanderlust, have Hope in the Dark on my book shelf, and put a request in for Field Guide from the library…should just buy a copy.

  7. jude says:

    i, the one who seldom reads. just got this book

    • Mo Crow says:

      reading Hope in the Dark makes me want to take a stand in front of the bulldozers, our awful right wing climate change denying government that is telling the world “Coal is good for humanity” wants to give the Adani mining corporation a billion dollars to help open the biggest coal mine in the Southern Hemisphere in Queensland endangering the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, Old Man Crow is not excited about this idea…

  8. perlhuhn52 says:

    Thank you Mo for this post. I just saw that some of her books are translated in german. What do you think with which one should I start to read?

  9. deemallon says:

    Can’t think of a better time than now to read a book called “Hope in the Dark”. If I am “building myself” in part out of those I seek, then I am blessed indeed, seeking here, you.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dee))) this book gives me hope that we the people (and there is 7 billion of us on the planet) can subvert the dominant paradigm of greed to kindness by looking after our beautiful planet and each other

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