Essayist Rebecca Solnit is interviewed in the September issue of The Believer magazine. If that statement alone isn’t enough to get you excited. Check out these tasty nuggets.
A lot of people think of political activism as some grim duty, and I think we do have an obligation to be citizens – to be informed and engaged – but it’s not just duty. Public life enlarges you, gives you purpose and context, saves you from drowning in the purely personal, as so many Americans seem to.
We tend to think of politics as a tiny, fenced-off arena of unpleasantness, which most Americans avoid – except for the horse race of primary season or fun moral questions often centered in irrelevant individual crimes and acts. But politics is persuasive. Everything is political and the choice to be apolitical is usually just an endorsement of the status quo and the unexamined life.