Last week, I went to hear Rebecca Solnit at the NYPL. I’d just started her new book, Call Them by Their True Names, which addresses, among other things, the dangerous euphemisms used by the powers that be to disempower, distort and completely misrepresent important words otherwise used to describe climate change, sexism, racism, etc. READ it and the rest of her work. She is a thoughtful, intelligent activist on the front lines of the information wars.

On Thursday, she was named one of the winners of the $50,000 Kirkus Prize.