“I have been fascinated by trying to map the ways that we think and talk, the unsorted experience wherein one can start by complaining about politics and end by confessing about passions, the ease with which we can get to any point from any other point…
“The straight line of conversational narrative is too often an elevated freeway permitting no unplanned encounters or unnecessary detours. It is not how our thoughts travel, nor does it allow us to map the whole world rather than one streamlined trajectory across it.”
“I wanted more, more scope, more nuance, more inclusion of crucial details and associations that are conventionally excluded. The convergence of multiple kinds of stories shaped my writing in one way; this traveling by association shaped it in others.” — Rebecca Solnit*
Thursday, October 25, at 8 pm.
Royce Hall, UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles.
See Solnit on Christine Blasey Ford.
*Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007), 2.
Below: Rebecca Solnit. Photograph by Adrian Mendoza. Image credit: CAP UCLA.
Book cover image credits: Haymarket Books, and Penguin (A Field Guide to Getting Lost).