Happy Birthday To the Great bell hooks

bell hooks is my favourite writer, cultural critic, contemporary thinker. Her wisdom, brilliance, profundity, love-centred consciousness and constructive solutions have no peer in our time.

I recommend her books – if you are unfamiliar with her work and are seeking new reading material. If you are familiar with her books and talks, you are probably a fan too.

bell hooks, photographed by Monica Almeida

I am sharing a few of her words for you to contemplate on this Friday.

“Understanding knowledge as an essential element of love is vital because we are bombarded daily with messages that tell us love is about mystery, about that which cannot be known. We see movies in which people are represented as being in love who never talk with one another, who fall into bed without ever discussing their bodies, their sexual needs, their likes and dislikes. Indeed, the message is received from the mass media is that knowledge makes love less compelling; that it is ignorance that gives love its erotic and transgressive edge. These messages are brought to us by profiteering producers who have no clue about the art of loving, who substitute their mystified visions because they do not really know how to genuinely portray loving interaction.”

From All About Love: New Visions

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