Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas (Hardcover)

By Rebecca Solnit, Sandow Birk (Illustrator), Mona Caron (Illustrator)
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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 thematicallyconnecting, 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 treasuresbutterfly 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 usor 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.

About the Author

Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of sixteen books about civil society, popular power, uprisings, art, environment, place, pleasure, politics, hope, and memory. She is a Harper s contributing editor.

Sandow Birk s work deals with contemporary life. Past themes include inner-city violence, graffiti, surfing, skateboarding, Dante, and war. He is the recipient of many awards and has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad.

Praise For…

“A joyous book.”

“Inventive and affectionate.”
-Lise Funderburg

“This nicely designed book offers a collection of essays and subject specific maps anyone who loves San Francisco will enjoy poring over.”
-Bob Walch

“Brilliantly disorients our native sense of place.”
-Jonathon Keats

“This is an amazing and thought-provoking book.”

“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

“A fresh and intriguing spin on mapmaking.”
-Elizabeth Ryan

“A thrilling new book.”
-Nicole Gluckstern

“A gorgeously produced collection of maps and essays.”
-Nikil Saval

“Breathtakingly original.”

“A treasure of intricate, intimate maps.”
-Adam Hartzell

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520262492
ISBN-10: 0520262492
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: November 29th, 2010
Pages: 156
Language: English
Series: Chairman's Circle Books