Infinite City A San Francisco Atlas

ISBN-10: 0520262506

ISBN-13: 9780520262508

Edition: 2010

Authors: Rebecca Solnit

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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 12 artists, 2 cartographers, and 22 gorgeous color maps, each of which illuminates the city and its surroundings as known by starkly 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. CONTRIBUTORS: Cartographers: Ben Pease and Shizue Seigel Designer: Lia Tjandra Artists: Sandow Birk, Mona Caron, Jaime Cortez, Hugh D'Andrade, Robert Dawson, Paz de la Calzada, Jim Herrington, Ira Nowinski, Alison Pebworth, Michael Ravner, Gent Sturgeon, Sunny Taylor Writers and researchers: Adriana Camarena, Chris Carlsson, Lisa Conrad, Guillermo Goacute;mez-Pentilde;a, Joshua Jelly-Shapiro, Paul LaFarge, Genine Lentine, Stella Lochman, Jim Nesbit, Aaron Shurin, Heather Smith, Richard Walker Additional cartography: Darin Jensen and by Robin Grossinger and Ruth Askevold of the San Francisco Estuary Institute
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/29/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 166
Size: 7.25" wide x 12.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Rebecca Solnit writes extensively on photography and landscape. She is a contributing editor to Art Issues and Creative Camera and is the author of three books. She has contributed essays to several museum catalogues including Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach and the Whitney Museum's Beat Culture and the New America. She was a 1993 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Introduction: On the Inexhaustibility of a City
The Names before the Names: The Indigenous Bay Area, 1769
"A Map the Size of the Land," by Lisa Conrad
Green Women: The Open Spaces and Some Who Saved Them
"Great Women and Green Spaces," by Richard Walker
Cinema City: Muybridge Inventing Movies, Hitchcock Making Vertigo
"The Eyes of the Gods," by Rebecca Solnit
Right Wing of the Dove: The Bay Area as Conservative/Military Brain Trust
"The Sinews of War Are Boundless Money," by Rebecca Solnit
Monarchs and Queens: Butterfly Habitats and Queer Public Spaces
"Full Spectrum," by Aaron Shurin
Truth to Power: Race and Justice in the City's Heart
"The City's Tangled Heart," by Rebecca Solnit
Poison/Palate: The Bay Area in Your Body
"What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Gourmet," by Rebecca Solnit
Shipyards and Sounds: The Black Bay Area since World War II
"High Tide, Low Ebb," by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
Fillmore: Promenading the Boulevard of Gone
"Little Pieces of Many Wars," by Rebecca Solnit
Graveyard Shift: The Lost Industrial City of 1960 and the Remnant 6 AM Bars
The Smell of Ten Thousand Gallons of Mayonnaise and a Hundred Tons of Coffee, by Chris Carlsson
The Lost World: South of Market, 1960, before Redevelopment
Piled Up, Scraped Away," by Rebecca Solnit
The Mission: North of Home, South of Safe
"The Geography of the Unseen," by Adriana Camarena
Tribes of San Francisco: Their Comings and Goings
"Who Washed Up on These Shores and Who the Tides Took Away," by Rebecca Solnit
Who Am I Where? ¿Qui�n soy d�nde?: A Map of Contingent Identities
"Who Am I Where? ¿Qui�n soy d�nde?" by Rebecca Solnit and Guillermo G�mez-Pe�a
Death and Beauty: A Year of Murders, a Noble Species of Tree
"Red Sinking, Green Soaring," by Summer Brenner
Four Hundred Years and Five Hundred Evictions in the City
"Dwellers and Drifters in the Shaky City," by Heather Smith
The World in a Cup: Coffee Economies and Ecologies
"How to Get to Ethiopia from Ocean Beach," by Rebecca Solnit
Phrenological San Francisco
"City of Fourteen Bumps," by Paul La Farge
Dharma Wheels and Fish Ladders: Salmon Migrations, Soto Zen Arrivals
"A Way Home," by Genine Lentine
Treasure Map: The Forty-Nine Jewels of San Francisco
"From the Giant Camera Obscura to the Bayview Opera House," by Rebecca Solnit
Once and Future Waters:Nineteenth-Century Bodies of Water, Twenty-Second-Century Shorelines
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