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Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir (utgåvan 2020)

av Rebecca Solnit (Författare)

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"In this memoir, celebrated author, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit relates how she found her voice as a writer and as a feminist during the 1980s in San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and the exclusion of women from cultural arenas. Then in her early twenties, Solnit tells of being poor, hopeful, and adrift in the city, which became her great teacher; of the small apartment she found, which became a home in which to metamorphosize; of how punk rock gave form and voice to her own fury and explosive energy. Solnit explores the way some men attempted to erase her, to shut her up, keep her out and challenge her credibility, as well as contemplating other kinds of nonexistence of groups for gender, ethnicity, and orientation. Her book ends with what liberated her as a person and as a writer--books themselves, the gay men and community who presented a new model of what else gender, family, and celebration could be, and her awakening to the spacious landscapes of the American west, which taught her how to write in the way she has ever since. Recollections of My Nonexistence connects Solnit's hugely popular polemical feminist writings of the last decade with the more lyrical, personal writing of her beloved earlier books A Field Guide to Getting Lost and The Faraway Nearby. This book is for everyone who has endured erasure and dismissal while coming of age in male-dominated spaces"--… (mer)
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Titel:Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir
Författare:Rebecca Solnit (Författare)
Info:Viking (2020), 256 pages
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Solnit isn’t interested in childhood, though she indicates that hers was violent and unhappy; she writes about becoming an adult and learning to find her voice in a world often desirous of extinguishing and punishing female voices. Because of her interiority, it’s rarely about other people except insofar as they impinged on her consciousness, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. I’m not a big fan of most memoirs and this didn’t stand out to me. As she says, “Memoirs at their most conventional are stories of overcoming, … personal problems to be taken care of by personal evolution and resolve. That a lot of men wanted and still want to harm women, especially young women, that a lot of people relished that harm, and a lot more dismissed it, impacted me in profoundly personal ways but the cure for it wasn’t personal.” ( )
1 rösta rivkat | Dec 7, 2020 |
Interesting author, Rebecca Solnit, I'm reading her for the first time. A writer and feminist who grew up in San Francisco, moving there in 80's. Has taken up a lot of causes she is passionate about and shares them in this memoir, along with her own story. I liked it overall. ( )
  bogopea | Nov 26, 2020 |
More a series of spot-on proclamations than a memoir, this book of essays features vividly stunning sentences and truths about the physical dangers of being a woman in a world where violence by men is a constant threat. It begins with Solnit's move, at 19, to the Fillmore neighborhood of San Francisco, a primarily African American community pre-gentrification, and ends with her growing reputation as a feminist in her notorious polemic "Men Explain Things To Me."

Quotes: "What if you're swimming through water all your life and there is no dry land in sight?"

“A dead female body was a standard plot device. For the intended audience, it was apparently erotic.”

“It was a collective gaslighting, to live in a war that no one around me would acknowledge as a war.”

“We cannot imagine what an earth without this ordinary, ubiquitous damage would look like, but I suspect it would be dazzingly alive and that a joyous confidence now rare would be common.”

“Do you have faith that where you stand is your place? Faith that you matter? If so, you reside in a place that doesn't exist for the rest of us, and it's not where the overconfident who take up too much space and take space away from others reside.”

“The mountain is beautiful in the distance and steep when you're on it.”

"How do you make art when the art that's all around you keeps telling you to shut up and do the dishes?"

“Kerouac's On The Road was going to go on without people like me, and I was going to go on without it.”

“Does the fact that not all men are awful outweigh the reality that some are in ways that impact most women?”

“Being around gay men liberated me, because liberation is contagious.”

“What troubled and frustrated me in straight men was not innate to the gender but built into the role.”

“You can't assume that what you're doing matters. But you also can't declare failure immediately, because consequences are not always direct or immediate or obvious, and the indirect consequences matter.”

“Disagreement can be useful even when its intention is adversarial. Half my muses have been haters.”

“In women, listening was our natural state and obligation, and holding forth was the right of men, that it is her job to let his sense of self expand as hers shrivels.”

“The existing order rested on the right and capacity of men to be in charge.”

“People aren't really meant to be anything, because we're not made; we're born, with some innate tendencies, and thereafter molded, thwarted, scalded, encouraged by events and encounters.” ( )
  froxgirl | Nov 1, 2020 |
Very inspiring story of the author's time spent in San Francisco when she was just beginning her career. This was during the early gentrification of Black neighborhoods, and reminds me of the years I spent in Austin TX watching it grow from a liberal college town into a high-tech center. I enjoy reading all of Rebecca Solnit's works because of her intelligent and feminist mentality. ( )
  kerryp | Jul 4, 2020 |
A memoir of the author's coming of age in - and with - San Francisco. She focuses on neighborhoods and gentrification, sexual harassment and abuse, social/political protest movements, and the long process of developing her confidence as a person and her voice as a writer.

See also: Men Explain Things to Me

Quotes

You are in your youth walking down a long road that will branch and branch again, and your life is full of choices with huge and unpredictable consequences, and you rarely get to come back to choose the other route. You are making something, a life, a self, and it is an intensely creative task as well as one at which it is more than possible to fail, a little, a lot, miserably, fatally. Youth is a high-risk business. (15)

...adulthood...is a constantly changing condition; it's as though we didn't note that the long shadows at sunrise and the dew of morning are different than the flat, clear light of noon when we call it all daytime. (16-17)

There are so many ways people are forced to disappear, uprooted, erased, told that this is not their story and not their place. They pile up in layers like geological strata... (27)

A place had been killed, and it never quite came back to life.
Change is the measure of time... (Mark Klett, 30)

[PTSD] is far more common and far more rarely addressed among rape survivors than combat veterans. (David J. Morris, citing NEJM, 49)

It was a kind of collective gaslighting. To live in a war that no one around me would acknowledge as a war....made me unbearably anxious, preoccupied, indignant, and exhausted....
One thing that makes people crazy is being told that the experiences they have did not actually happen, that the circumstances that hem them in are imaginary, that the problems are all in their head, and that if they are distressed it is a sign of their failure, when success would be to shut up to cease to know that they know. (53)

...a kind of trauma that makes the sufferer into a compulsive storyteller of an unresolved story. You'll tell it until someone lifts the curse by hearing and believing you. (54)

When no one else seems to trust you, it's hard to trust yourself....When your body is not your own and the truth is not your own, what is? (61)

...all of us spent our youths navigating the threat [of rape]...It gets you even if it doesn't get you. (63)

The threat of violence takes up residence in your mind....Even if none of these terrible things happen to you, the possibility they might and the constant reminders have an impact. (65)

On a pillar there's nothing to do but stand still or fall. (107)

Sometimes when you are devastated you want not a reprieve but a mirror of your condition or a reminder that you are not alone in it. (108)

Because there is a problem as well with those who spend too little time being anyone else; it stunts the imagination in which empathy takes root, that empathy that is a capacity to shape-shift and roam out of your sole self. One of the convenient afflictions of power is a lack of this imaginative extension. For many men it begins in early childhood, with almost exclusively being given stories with male protagonists. (110)

It's the reader who brings the book to life. (114)

...no longer being at the center of things, with the implication that centers are what matters. I went home and thought about the value of margins. (144)

Nonfiction is at its best an act of putting the world back together - or tearing some piece of it apart to find what's hidden beneath the assumptions or conventions - and in this case creation and destruction can be akin. (149)

"The common tragedy is to suffer without having appeared." (Mina Loy, 168)

"Credibility is a basic survival tool." (Men Explain Things to Me, 168)

...invisibility permits atrocity. (Savage Dreams, 169)

We know the malice [on the internet] is distributed by gender and race, and that a lot of collective online labor is put into making people who aren't white or male or straight or cisgender shut up and go away. If they aren't silenced altogether, they pay this tax on having a voice, they do the extra work to overcome the obstacles that keep things unequal. (173)

Inside homophobia is misogyny: the act of being a man is constant striving to not be a woman. (183)

[Like an infant's skull] Open enough to grow and closed enough to hold together is what a life must also be. (191)

Despair became a machine that would grind up anything you fed it. (211)

Works of art that had an impact in their time sometimes look dated or obvious because what was fresh and even insurrectionary about them has become the ordinary way things are... (222)

When the long tolerated is suddenly seen as intolerable, someone has become audible and someone else has begun listening for the first time. (224)

There are three key things that matter in having a voice: audibility, credibility, and consequence. (You can be heard, you can be believed, you matter and you have rights) (229)

...I see paradise as not a destination to arrive in, but a pole star by which to navigate. (237) ( )
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"In this memoir, celebrated author, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit relates how she found her voice as a writer and as a feminist during the 1980s in San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and the exclusion of women from cultural arenas. Then in her early twenties, Solnit tells of being poor, hopeful, and adrift in the city, which became her great teacher; of the small apartment she found, which became a home in which to metamorphosize; of how punk rock gave form and voice to her own fury and explosive energy. Solnit explores the way some men attempted to erase her, to shut her up, keep her out and challenge her credibility, as well as contemplating other kinds of nonexistence of groups for gender, ethnicity, and orientation. Her book ends with what liberated her as a person and as a writer--books themselves, the gay men and community who presented a new model of what else gender, family, and celebration could be, and her awakening to the spacious landscapes of the American west, which taught her how to write in the way she has ever since. Recollections of My Nonexistence connects Solnit's hugely popular polemical feminist writings of the last decade with the more lyrical, personal writing of her beloved earlier books A Field Guide to Getting Lost and The Faraway Nearby. This book is for everyone who has endured erasure and dismissal while coming of age in male-dominated spaces"--

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