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Infinite City : A San Francisco Atlas - Rebecca Solnit

Infinite City

A San Francisco Atlas

Hardcover Published: 29th November 2010
ISBN: 9780520262492
Number Of Pages: 166

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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 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.
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 Rauner, Gent Sturgeon, Sunaura Taylor
Writers and researchers: Summer Brenner, Adriana Camarena, Chris Carlsson, Lisa Conrad, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Paul La Farge, Genine Lentine, Stella Lochman, Aaron Shurin, Heather Smith, Richard Walker
Additional cartography: Darin Jensen; Robin Grossinger and Ruth Askevold, San Francisco Estuary Institute

"A joyous book." San Francisco Chronicle "Inventive and affectionate." -- Lise Funderburg New York Times Book Review "This nicely designed book offers a collection of essays and subject specific maps anyone who loves San Francisco will enjoy poring over." -- Bob Walch Bookloons.com "Brilliantly disorients our native sense of place." -- Jonathon Keats San Francisco Magazine "This is an amazing and thought-provoking book." Geist "A richly textured graphic book that no electronic format can master yet, Infinite City features Rebecca Solnit as cultural and historical tour guide through the city she calls home." -- Bridget Kinsella Shelf Awareness "A fresh and intriguing spin on mapmaking." -- Elizabeth Ryan Utne "A thrilling new book." -- Nicole Gluckstern San Francisco Bay Guardian "A gorgeously produced collection of maps and essays." -- Nikil Saval Los Angeles Review Of Books "Breathtakingly original." San Francisco Bay Guardian "A treasure of intricate, intimate maps." -- Adam Hartzell SF360 "A gorgeously published book ... After you have finished savoring this book, which deserves to be read slowly and thoughtfully, you feel like you have been living for decades in San Francisco." -- Murray Browne The Book Shopper "Gorgeous and infinitely fascinating ... A treasure," -- Sherry Wright Kissing the Eart

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
Third Street Phantom Coast: A Map by Alison Pebworth
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? Quién soy dónde?: A Map of Contingent Identities
"Who Am I Where? Quién soy dónde?" by Rebecca Solnit and Guillermo Gómez-Peña
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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ISBN: 9780520262492
ISBN-10: 0520262492
Series: Chairman's Circle Books
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 166
Published: 29th November 2010
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 30.5 x 17.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.77