Rebecca Solnit is a dizzyingly prolific writer. Her two dozen or so books and innumerable essays, published throughout a career now in its fourth decade, tunnel variously into history, science, cultural criticism, politics, and the interiors of her own life. She was already a considerably influential literary figure by the time her 2008 essay “Men Explain Things to Me” catapulted her to a new level of cultural stardom, as a guiding voice of feminist exasperation. (The essay opens with a now famous anecdote: in 2003, Solnit was cornered at a party by her host, a man who insisted that she really ought to read a tremendously important book, recently published, about the early photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Solnit, of course, was its author.) After the 2016 election of Donald Trump, her political writing—progressive, epigrammatic, genteelly furious—published in the Guardian and elsewhere, brought her a still greater audience,…

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