How Rebecca Solnit became a writer

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Rebecca Solnit

Back in April, Rebecca Solnit contributed to Cosmopolitan‘s ‘Get that Life’ series, where she talks about her career as a writer, historian, and activist. She discusses how she came to turn a vocation into a profession, and ends by reflecting on the role that writing continues to play in her life:

“My life has been startling to me. Nobody had ambition on my behalf when I was young. Nobody led me to have high expectations of myself or even to think about some of the things that have happened, about being something of a public figure, playing a role in some of the conversations in the culture, making a living by writing. I just wanted to do this thing, which was about describing the world as I saw it, about the art of telling stories, working with language, finding relationships and patterns in the world, intervening on behalf of the things I’m committed to — and here I am.”

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