"[This book] embodies the Buddhist wisdom about change, life, and the
world more than anything written after the events of that day."
September 8, 2009
FROM THE ASHES, A SPARK OF UTOPIA
This September 11, among the aspects of the tragedy of 2001 that might be worth considering: the tremendous sense of civic spirit and altruism that emerged in the hours, days, and weeks after the attacks.
That theme is evident in a new book, out this month from Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, in which she discusses community action in the aftermath of various calamities (the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, among them).
To listen to an excerpt of Solnit reading from the book, visit VanityFair.com.