Rebecca Solnit has had an extensive writing career, often taking well-accepted assumptions and turning them on their head in a beautiful way. In this podcast, Krista Tippett interviews her to get her takes on hope, especially in the midst of disaster and crisis.
“When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brothers’ keepers,” Rebecca Solnit writes. “And that purposefulness and connectedness bring joy even amidst death, chaos, fear, and loss.” In this moment of global crisis, we’re returning to the conversations we’re longing to hear again and finding useful right now. A singular writer and thinker, Solnit celebrates the unpredictable and incalculable events that so often redeem our lives, both solitary and public. She searches for the hidden, transformative histories inside and after events we chronicle as disasters in places like post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.
Take a listen to the conversation with Krista Tippett.
Reflection: “Unknowability is as rich as the womb, far more than the tomb” is how Solnit describes darkness. In this time of crisis and uncertainty, what reminds you to hope?