Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life
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Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life

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In this provocative and captivating dialogue, hooks and West grapple with the dilemmas, contradictions and joys of Black intellectual life. Creating a spiritual, progressive, feminist, and ultimately organic definition of Black intellectuality, they passionately discuss issues ranging in subject matter from theology and the Left, to contemporary music, film, and fashion.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by South End Press
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David Spencer
Really stellar, very real and full of love and intelligence. Something you'd never find from a pair of white intellectuals sitting around and jawing, partially because bell hooks and Cornel West are close friends that, at the outset, committed to being open and honest and critical with each other. No academic posturing, just a jam session between two titanic minds and titanic hearts connecting on all the right levels. I was really blown away and humbled by the depth and raw openness of their sel...more
Kate Savage
These humans have the best ideas of any humans. Full stop.

But the format was underwhelming to me. I understand why they did it -- I love the concept of two friends in conversation, the authenticity and warmth of it. But I found myself wanting to see these talented writers write.

But very good ideas, as I said.

bell hooks: "It has been a really healing thing for me to recognize that we are wounded. We are wounded in so many areas that what I think is magical and wonderful is when I meet another Bl...more
Drick
This book is a collection of essays and conversations by two leading African-American thinkers. They discuss the unique struggles of the black intellectual, and hooks adds a perspective on the female black intellectual. Black intellectual run the risk of being alienated from their own community and not being full respected in the white academic community. Women face the gender bias of men of both races.

Also interesting is their critique of the black community and its giving into the materialist...more
Elliot
Worth it for the final dialogue between hooks and West alone. The juxtaposition of their two essays on black intellectual life, hooks' partially in response to West's, is also quite nice, if not extraordinary. (I also don't know how much use some of their discussion about the distinction between academics and intellectuals would be for someone not already struggling with the two definitions, like myself.)

Again, a reminder that true revolutions -- in politics as well as sexuality -- do not merely...more
Aaron
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so good, so good... two of the best thinkers, philosophers, people discussing each other and ideas about community, specifically within the black/african american community but the lessons are important for everyone especially in the world these days.
Elizabeth
with bell hooks. a bit like a snapshot of black intellectual lives in our times.
Chad
This was my first b.hooks read. Hooks and West tear it up, chapter after chapter.
Teddi
Heavy hitters in the house! And no punches pulled,either. Don't miss it.
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bell hooks (born Gloria Jean Watkins) is an African-American author, feminist, and social activist. Her writing has focused on the interconnectivity of race, class, and gender and their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and domination. She has published over thirty books and numerous scholarly and mainstream articles, appeared in several documentary films and participated in...more
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