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Rebecca Solnit (b. 1961). Lives in San Francisco Educated as a journalist and art critic Award-winning writer of historical nonfiction, creative nonfiction ( memoir & personal essays), and essays Environmental and political activist. New Journalism. Journalism with a literary spin

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Rebecca solnit b 1961
Rebecca Solnit(b. 1961)

  • Lives in San Francisco

  • Educated as a journalist and art critic

  • Award-winning writer of historical nonfiction, creative nonfiction (memoir & personal essays), and essays

  • Environmental and political activist

New journalism
New Journalism

  • Journalism with a literary spin

    • Sensationalistic and experimental

    • Examined and questioned the line between fact and fiction

    • The journalist as a character in the story

  • Coined by novelist and journalist Tom Wolfe

    • Criticized the “old journalism” as having a “pale beige tone”

  • His eponymous 1973 anthology included writers as diverse as Hunter S. Thompson, Gay Talese, Truman Capote and Norman Mailer

  • ''Any movement, group, party, program, philosophy or theory that goes under a name with 'New' in it is just begging for trouble.'‘—Wolfe

New new journalism
New New Journalism

  • Combines “old journalism” emphasis on in-depth reporting with New Journalism’s experimentation and literary stylings

    • Often includes:

      • longer narrative pieces

      • Immersion research

  • Coined in 2005 by Robert Boynton, head of NYU’s journalism program

  • Eponymous anthology includes writers like Michael Pollan, Michael Lewis, Calvin Trillin, Susan Orlean, Rebecca Solnit, and David Grann

  • The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly

Food power 1943
Food Power:1943



propaganda poster

  • Food power is the use of agriculture as a means of political control

    • One nation or group of nations offers or withholds commodities from another nation or group of nations in order to manipulate behavior.

Food power 1954 to 1976
Food Power:1954 to 1976

  • President Eisenhower begins Food for Peace program in 1954

    • After 20 years of commercial agriculture, first US food surplus

    • Basis for US food aid program today

  • Earl Butz, US Secretary of Agriculture, renews the term “Food is a weapon”

    • Fight worldwide famine to defend against political unrest and the spread of Communism

    • Food as one tool is US political arsenal

Food desert
Food Desert:

Defined by the USDA as:

“Urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food.”

  • For urban areas, no produce available within a 1-mile radius.

  • For rural areas, within a 10-mile radius.

    “Lack of access contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.”

Emerson from nature
Emerson:from “Nature”

“Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact. Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind, and that state of the mind can only be described by presenting that natural appearance as its picture. An enraged man is a lion, a cunning man is a fox, a firm man is a rock, a learned man is a torch. A lamb is innocence; a snake is subtle spite; flowers express to us the delicate affections. Light and darkness are our familiar expression for knowledge and ignorance; and heat for love. Visible distance behind and before us, is respectively our image of memory and hope.”