Rereading this gem. There is a lot that works with my experience of love and some that doesn‘t. I guess that‘s part of the magic of reading 💗
I remember studying, ‘Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center‘ in college and thinking I had a sense of bell hooks. She was a thought provoking writer, cultural critic, intellectual, feminist icon and activist…but maybe I didn‘t understand her as well as I thought I did because I was surprised by how spiritual and personal this is. Though I didn‘t agree with everything hooks said, I found it very inspirational.
Unsure how to rate this. Large portions of this book fueled me, challenged me, and inspired me to be a more loving human in both my personal and public life, but several chapters REALLY bored me.
I do think I will flip back through it from time to time, especially to the sections discussing capitalism and consumerism as conflicts to love, and to the sections on embracing your fear and living in the present. Glad I read it. Hard to recommend it.
And finally (sorry for all the spam!) here is my friend Kirsty's book haul 😁
You can definitely see the Rae influence here 😅💕
#BlackHistoryMonth Recommendations Day 14 Nonfiction
"The word love is most often defined as a noun, yet we would all love better if we used it as a verb."
The incomparable bell hooks takes on the question what is love? Sharp and thought provoking writing and such a great read.
The first few chapters were excellent and something I needed to read and can relate to, but the further I got the less I could focus? It still brings up important points but they were somewhat lost with the interspersal of a lot of religious anecdotes and mentions that ultimately distracted from the message.
There were some great sections of this book, but other sections left me scratching my head. The chapter on spirituality was thinly veiled Christian sermonizing with no critique of that particular patriarchal structure. I was also deeply uncomfortable with the victim blaming of Nicole Brown Simpson & slut shaming of Monica Lewinsky. There were a lot of inaccurate and judgmental views on poor folks as well. I missed the “love” in those sections.
Yesterday, my lady surprised me with a new reading journal and listened to an audiobook with me as we cooked dinner. I‘m a sucker for journals, and she isn‘t a reader. I hope wherever you are in the world someone (anyone!) makes you feel special and loved just as you are. ❤️ is ❤️. Happy Tuesday! ❤️ 💐 🏳️🌈 ✍️ 📚
‘Understanding all the ways fear stands in the way of our knowing love challenges us.Fearful that believing in love‘s truths and letting them guide our lives will lead to further betrayal,we hold back from love when our hearts are full of longing.Being loving does not mean we will not be betrayed.Love helps us face betrayal without losing heart.And it renews our spirit so we can love again‘
A big 2021 life lesson.
Thank you for being our Angel🕊
So sad to hear of her death. Her life and writing an inspiration. #bellhooks
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Finished all but Brandi,Belgravia,Miss Marple(slow cruise, just 3 short stories per wk),started One Lost Soul today on the train,Minor Feelings,took a quick break but restarting, All About Love did not get to.Bailed on These Violent Delights.
bell hooks had a childhood of abuse,where as a woman was told that speaking out was not feminine,she is also deeply religious.With each page the author becomes less of a philosopher/ sociologist and more of a preacher, her way of love and redemption is the ONLY way. She even turns to victim shaming: Nicole Simpson didn't deserve to die,however she chose to remain in an abusive home because of her love of luxury. Excuse me the: WHAT THE FUCK?!👇👇
Starts with"When our president exploits his power and consensually seduces a young woman in the government employ..."to then follow with this characterization of Lewinsky.THIS,in a book about how a patriarchy affects our capacity to love.How can anyone feel entitled to say if what a person felt in a private relationship was love or not;and to say "wants to be seen as a victim"in a situation where abuse of power could be a part of the equation...?
"The wounded child inside many males is a boy who, when we first spoke hid truths, was silenced by paternal sadism, by a patriarchal world that did not want him to claim his true feelings. The wounded child inside many females is a girl who was taught from early childhood on that she must become something other than herself, deny her true feelings, in order to attract and please others."
This slow, deep look into different types of love and what they mean for us as individuals and a whole society was so original and fascinating. It veered away from being self help-y towards philosophy. I haven‘t read a book before that was so openly about love itself, not a how to guide to anything or trying to draw it in with other themes. It felt very pure and thoughtful.
Prayer is an exercise that strengthens the soul‘s power. Reaching for the divine always reminds me of the limitations of human thought and will. Stretching, reaching towards that which is limitless and without boundaries is an exercise that strengthens my faith and empowers my soul.
Someone (sorry I don‘t remember who right at this moment) put out a call to support Palabras Bilingual Bookstore in Phoenix. Palabras had a Indiegogo campaign as it‘s the only bilingual bookstore in Arizona (hard to believe). So of course, I contributed. Today I received a thank you package including the tagged book, an awesome Latinx book list, the neat print, a book mark & stickers. ❤️ #bookmail