Her name may be lowercase, but bell hooks is an ALL CAPS kind of thinker, writer, poet, teacher, revolutionary. Lucky for Charleston, she's here this weekend to stir our hearts and minds toward rethinking what love really means for us—politically, personally, spiritually, even academically.
"Imagine living in a world where there is no domination, where females and males are not alike or even always equal, but where a vision of mutuality is the ethos shaping our interaction. Imagine living in a world where we can all be who we are, a world of peace and possibility....Come closer. See how feminism can touch and change your life and all our lives. Come closer and know firsthand what feminist movement is all about. Come closer and you will see: feminism is for everybody."
Her work is too all encompassing, too important, really, to adequately summarize in a blog post. The Atlantic Monthly called her one of America's most important thinkers. She's collaborated with two of my most revered rockstars: Thicht Naht Hhan and Wendell Berry. So I'll simply say that if you are in town this weekend, you'd be a fool not to take advantage of one of several opportunities to hear her. Here's the line-up:
And for free, I'll offer you this little "hook up" to get you in the mood. From her book of poems, When Angels Speak of Love:
there are no closed doors
and enter here
at this point
was once decried