Welcome to a conversation about income inequality and the power of storytelling. In 2014, award-winning cultural critic Rebecca Solnit published an essay defining the moment when San Francisco (and the world) turned on Silicon Valley (as represented by Google buses). On the East coast, acclaimed author and critic John Freeman edited "Tale of Two Cities," a collection of essays contrasting the lives of New York City's haves and have-nots (including Freeman's own homeless brother).
John Freeman is an award-winning writer and book critic who has written for numerous publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal. He won the 2007 James Patterson Pageturner Award for his work as the president of the National Book Critics Circle and has also been the editor of Granta.
Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of seventeen books about environment, landscape, community, art, politics, hope, and feminism, including “Men Explain Things to Me,” “The Faraway Nearby,” “A Paradise Built in Hell,” and “River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West,” for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award.