New PDF release: A Field Guide to Getting Lost

By Rebecca Solnit

ISBN-10: 1101118717

ISBN-13: 9781101118719

No matter if she is considering the historical past of strolling as a cultural and political event during the last 2 hundred years (Wanderlust), or utilizing the lifetime of photographer Eadweard Muybridge as a lens to debate the alterations of house and time in overdue nineteenth-century the United States (River of Shadows), Rebecca Solnit has emerged as a creative and unique author whose brain is bold within the connections it makes. A box advisor to Getting Lost attracts on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnit’s personal existence to discover the problems of wandering, being misplaced, and the makes use of of the unknown. the result's a particular, stimulating, and poignant voyage of discovery. BACKCOVER: “A meditation at the pleasures and terrors of having lost”
The New Yorker

“This necessary California writer’s so much own publication yet.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“An exciting amalgam of non-public memoir, philosophical hypothesis, average lore, cultural heritage, and paintings feedback . . . a e-book to set you wandering down unusually fruitful trails of thought.”
Los Angeles Times

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88 Racialized views of Chinatown made a difference during the disaster. As the few surviving records suggest, the men responsible for firefighting were not concerned with saving this neighborhood. 89 Dynamite took its toll on the neighborhood as well. Fire officials hoped that exploding a drugstore and a rooming house on the corner of Clay and Kearny Streets would stop the downtown fires. 90 Things went from bad to worse when the mayor appointed a civilian, John Bermingham, to lead the Chinatown fire attack.

65 The shoddy wood-frame construction was no match for the earthquake, and everything from small row houses to enormous residential hotels tumbled down in an instant. ”66 On Sixth Street, four residential hotels—Brunswick House, Ohio House, Nevada House, and the Lormor—collapsed into one another and wiped out nearly a thousand rooms. 67 The death toll was anyone’s guess. On Montgomery Street, Officer E. J. Wiskotchill tried to rescue men crushed by a falling parapet. “We helped all we could to dig and drag from the ruins the dead and the injured that were littered about,” recalled the officer.

He knew his family must leave everything behind in their Chinatown apartment. The large building tucked safely inside the fifteen-block neighborhood could no longer shelter his wife and daughter. He Â�carried his wife down to the street while his neighbor helped Mr. Shum’s young daughter, Bessie. 83 Chinatown did not burn by natural causes. Dynamite, mixed with strategic decisions to save the city’s elite, leveled the largest Chinese settlement on the West Coast. The fire department grabbed dynamite to stop the fires once the flames ate their way through downtown and began nibbling at the base of Nob Hill.

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