An Invitation to the San Francisco Release Party for Nonstop Metropolis at McRoskey Mattress Factory, 11/17

A note from Rebecca: This event has been planned for a long time. But after the election, we’re making it a focus on cities as cosmopolitan places of coexistence, tolerance, subversion, resistance, and joy, of Black, Asian, Latino, Muslim, Jewish, Quaker, immigrant, queer, drag, trans, feminist lives and victories. Please join us tomorrow evening for this free community celebration. 

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“In orienting oneself in this atlas…one is invited to fathom the many New Yorks hidden from history’s eye…thoroughly terrific.”—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
“Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s collection achieves the trifold purpose that all good cartography does — it’s beautiful, it inspires real thought about civic planning, and, most of all, it’s functional.”—The Village Voice
“…the New York installment [of the Atlas Trilogy] is eccentric and inspiring, a nimble work of social history told through colorful maps and corresponding essays. Together, Solnit, Jelly-Schapiro and a host of contributors — writers, artists, cartographers and data-crunchers — have come up with dozens of exciting new ways to think about the five boroughs.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Nonstop Metropolis, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts—from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists—amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores all five boroughs of New York City and parts of nearby New Jersey.

We are invited to travel through Manhattan’s playgrounds, from polyglot Queens to many-faceted Brooklyn, and from the resilient Bronx to the mystical kung fu hip-hop mecca of Staten Island. The contributors to this exquisitely designed and gorgeously illustrated volume celebrate New York City’s unique vitality, its incubation of the avant-garde, and its literary history, but they also critique its racial and economic inequality, environmental impact, and erasure of its past. Nonstop Metropolis allows us to excavate New York’s buried layers, to scrutinize its political heft, and to discover the unexpected in one of the most iconic cities in the world. It is both a challenge and homage to how New Yorkers think of their city, and how the world sees this capital of capitalism, culture, immigration, and more.

Learn more in our Nonstop Metropolis blog series.

Rebecca Solnit is a San Francisco writer, historian, and activist, and the author of seventeen books about geography, community, art, politics, hope, and feminism. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Lannan Literary Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a contributing editor to Harper’s, where she is the first woman to regularly write the Easy Chair column (founded in 1851).

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, New York, Harper’s, and the Believer, among many other publications. He is the author of the newly-released Island People: The Caribbean and the World.

Contributors: Sheerly Avni, Gaiutra Bahadur, Marshall Berman, Joe Boyd, Will Butler, Garnette Cadogan, Thomas J. Campanella, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Teju Cole, Joel Dinerstein, Paul La Farge, Francisco Goldman, Margo Jefferson, Lucy R. Lippard, Barry Lopez, Valeria Luiselli, Suketu Mehta, Emily Raboteau, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Luc Sante, Heather Smith, Jonathan Tarleton, Astra Taylor, Alexandra T. Vazquez, Christina Zanfagna

Interviews with: Valerie Capers, Peter Coyote, Grandmaster Caz, Grandwizzard Theodore, Melle Mel, RZA

#NonstopMetropolis launches at the Queens Museum + Upcoming Events

This week we’re celebrating the launch of Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas at the Queens Museum.

For previous posts in this series, see our Nonstop Metropolis archive.

While the Nonstop Metropolis: The Remix exhibition—a multi-faceted project in collaboration with renowned writer, historian, and activist, Rebecca Solnit—has been up at the Queens Museum since Spring 2016, it continues to evolve. This past weekend was the launch event for Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases. As described by The Village Voice, “…here is Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas to make these streets magic again. Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s collection achieves the trifold purpose that all good cartography does — it’s beautiful, it inspires real thought about civic planning, and, most of all, it’s functional.”

The public event included a hands-on map-making workshop facilitated by Queens Museum educators; “Songs of the City,” a unique mix of songs and music referenced in the book; and drop-in readings of essay excerpts and signings by Rebecca Solnit, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Garnette Cadogan, Jonathan Tarleton, and some of the many contributors* in attendance.

Laura Raicovich, President and Executive Director of the Queens Museums, introduces Nonstop Metropolis authors and contributors. (Photo by Pema Domingo-Barker)
Garnette Cadogan, Nonstop Metropolis Editor-at-Large and author of the “Law of Love, Peace and Libertie” essay, appropriately, about Flushing, Queens. (Photo by Mirissa Neff,
Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Garnette Cadogan, and Rebecca Solnit in the Panorama of the City of New York, on long-term view at the Queens Museum. (Photo by Mirissa Neff,
Sheerly Avni, author of the ‘My Yiddishe Papa’ essay in Nonstop Metropolis, addresses the crowd. (Photo by Mirissa Neff,

For a live perspective on the event, check out the Queens Museum’s Twitter feed, and artist Peach Tao’s Tumblr telling. (Stay tuned to this space for details on her fab Shaolin creations).


To get a copy of Nonstop Metropolis, visit your local bookstore, or purchase online at IndieBoundAmazonBarnes & Noble, or UC Press (to save 30% on, enter discount code16M4197 at checkout).

To get it signed by the the authors, upcoming Nonstop Metropolis events include:

Dance RecitalJJ SchapiroNonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas is the final volume in our trilogy of atlases by Rebecca Solnit, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Rebecca Snedeker, and a host of notable contributors. Following the publication of the critically lauded Infinite City (San Francisco) and Unfathomable City (New Orleans), we bring you this homage—and challenge—to the way we know New York City, an exquisitely designed and gorgeously illustrated atlas that excavates the many buried layers of all five boroughs of New York City and parts of New Jersey.

* The full list of contributors to Nonstop Metropolis: Sheerly Avni, Gaiutra Bahadur, Marshall Berman, Joe Boyd, Will Butler, Garnette Cadogan, Thomas J. Campanella, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Teju Cole, Joel Dinerstein, Paul La Farge, Francisco Goldman, Margo Jefferson, Lucy R. Lippard, Barry Lopez, Valeria Luiselli, Suketu Mehta, Emily Raboteau, Molly Roy, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Luc Sante, Heather Smith, Jonathan Tarleton, Astra Taylor, Alexandra T. Vazquez, Christina Zanfagna, plus interviews with Valerie Capers, Peter Coyote, Grandmaster Caz, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Melle Mel, and RZA.

Joel D. Blum launches the Earth and Environmental Science domain

“These three unique commentaries by leaders in the study of the Anthropocene address very different aspects of earth and environmental science.”

We are pleased to publish inaugural articles of Elementa, including three invited Commentaries that have been handled editorially by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Domain.

The first commentary is from Wally Broecker, who is one of the most influential earth scientists of the past half-century. He has been instrumental in developing an understanding of the earth’s carbon cycle and for exploring the climate interconnections between the oceans, polar ice caps and the atmosphere. In his commentary Broecker makes the case that it is time for the research community to expend the necessary resources to become serious about the capture and sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. He advocates further research and implementation as soon as possible of a large number of relatively small CO2 scrubbers to capture and bury carbon as the only path to preventing a future climate change catastrophe.

The second commentary is by Yves Godderis and Susan Brantley, who are leading researchers in studies of the earth’s critical zone—the interface between the atmosphere and solid earth that is essential for terrestrial life. They make the case that more effort is needed to project critical zone processes into the future using models know as earthcasts. They provide an example by exploring a model for how silicate and carbonate weathering in the mid-continent of the USA will likely affect atmospheric CO2 sequestration in the future. Their example points to important areas for future research including integration of models for human behavior into biogeochemical models.

The third commentary is by a group of authors (Erle Ellis, Dorian Fuller, Jed Kaplan and Wayne Lutters) who were early to embrace the concept of the Anthropocene and who have published important works on the history of human land-use and its effects on the terrestrial biosphere. Ellis and coauthors make the case for developing a geospatial cyberinfrastructure to collate and integrate information on human alterations of the global environment during the Anthopocene. They encourage the research community to collaborate in this effort by sharing information and infrastructure with the goal of more quantitatively assessing the global state of human transformation of the terrestrial biosphere.

These three unique commentaries by leaders in the study of the Anthropocene address very different aspects of earth and environmental science. Each, however, makes a strong case for support of increased research efforts designed to better understand and manage the consequences of past and future influences of humans on the global environment. Collectively these commentaries provide a glimpse into the wide range of scientific thought that can be organized under the umbrella of “The Science of the Anthropocene.”