Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas. Rebecca Solnit.

Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas.

U.C. Press, 11/2010. Item #25382
ISBN: 9780520262508

From the Publisher;


What makes a place? Infinite City, Rebecca Solnit's brilliant
reinvention of the traditional atlas, searches out the answer by examining the
many layers of meaning in one place, the San Francisco Bay Area. Aided by
artists, writers, cartographers, and twenty-two gorgeous color maps, each of
which illuminates the city and its surroundings as experienced by different
inhabitants, Solnit takes us on a tour that will forever change the way we think
about place.


She explores the area thematically--connecting, for example, Eadweard
Muybridge's foundation of motion-picture technology with Alfred Hitchcock's
filming of Vertigo. Across an urban grid of just seven by seven miles, she finds
seemingly unlimited landmarks and treasures--butterfly habitats, queer sites,
murders, World War II shipyards, blues clubs, Zen Buddhist centers. She roams
the political terrain, both progressive and conservative, and details the
cultural geographies of the Mission District, the culture wars of the Fillmore,
the South of Market world being devoured by redevelopment, and much, much more.


Breathtakingly original, this atlas of the imagination invites us to search
out the layers of San Francisco that carry meaning for us--or to discover our
own infinite city, be it Cleveland, Toulouse, or Shanghai.


About the Author;


Rebecca Solnit is the best-selling author of many books, including
River of Shadows
, for which she won the National Book Critics Circle Award,
A Paradise Built in Hell, Savage Dreams (UC Press), and Storming the
Gates of Paradise
(UC Press).


167 pages, paperback. University of California Press (November 29, 2010)


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Unfathonable City: A New Orleans Atlas  and

Nonstop Metropolis: A New York Atlas

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