The Quarantine Tapes

The Quarantine Tapes 191: Rebecca Solnit

Episode Summary

“Just as therapists say that no two people have the same families, so no two people have the same pandemic.”

Episode Notes

On episode 191 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by Rebecca Solnit. Rebecca and Paul think back to a year ago, nearly to the day, when Rebecca was sharing fairy tales online in the early days of the pandemic. She tells Paul about her upcoming book on George Orwell, Orwell’s Roses, and reflects on what kinds of connections she has seen arise out of the isolation of this past year. 

Rebecca offers Paul beautiful observations from her walks in nature. As a climate activist, she talks about the interesting implications of this moment of great change for the climate movement and discusses how the work of both activists and artists is to invite people to imagine.


Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including Whose Story Is This?, Call Them By Their True Names (Winner of the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction), Cinderella Liberator, Men Explain Things to Me, The Mother of All Questions, and Hope in the Dark, and co-creator of the City of Women map, all published by Haymarket Books; a trilogy of atlases of American cities, The Faraway Nearby, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, and River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). Her forthcoming memoir, Recollections of My Nonexistence, is scheduled to release in March, 2020. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at the Guardian and a regular contributor to Literary Hub.


Paul Holdengraber - Co-Creator, Host, OLA Director
Anthony Audi - Co-Creator, Researcher, OLA Director
Alejandro Cohen - Co-Creator, Producer, Composer
Christian Pitt - Production Coordinator 
Erin Cooney - Copy, Production
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