Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) (MP3 CD)

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While reading these essays, I often found myself nodding along with quiet agreement punctuated with an occasional enthusiastic explosion of "Yes!" or a vigorous and effusive "Exactly!" (and a furtive quick glance around to make sure no one was looking). For this, I am actually thankful. Essays are, of course, not bound by rules of dispassionate argumentation, nor bound by pretensions to possessing a cold (and faux) objectivity. Rebecca Solnit doesn't even pretend. And that's just fine by me, because in hard times such as those we are living through now, pat-on-the-back encouragement and like-mindedness are a welcomed relief from the polemical knife-fights in which we otherwise often find ourselves engaged. Although her opinions are strongly stated, Solnit nevertheless possesses a soothingly calm voice, and these essays act as an effective intellectual balm. Let's face it, sometimes we need someone to point out that the arguments that lie ahead are not to be made couched in disinterested rhetoric, and that our opinions can be conveyed effectively with passionate insistence and not, was we might otherwise be inclined, through reptilian disinterest. This is precisely what is needed to face our possibly grim future with eyes wide open.

— Conrad Silverberg

Product Details
ISBN: 9781665226189
ISBN-10: 1665226188
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
Language: English