By bell hooks
"The observe "love" is generally outlined as a noun, yet...we could all like to higher if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out scuffling with and on hearth in All approximately Love. right here, at her so much provacative and extremely personel, the popular student, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of affection as romance. as a substitute she bargains a proactive new ethic for a humans and a society bereft with lovelessness.
As bell hooks makes use of her incisive brain and razor-sharp pen to blow up th query "What is love?" her solutions strike at either the brain and middle. In 13 concise chapters, hooks examines her personal look for emotional connection and society's failure to supply a version for studying to like. Razing the cultural paradigm that the fitting love is infused with intercourse and wish, she offers a brand new route to love that's sacred, redemptive, and therapeutic for the contributors and for a kingdom. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of many "100 Visionaries Who Can switch Your Life." All approximately Love is a strong confirmation of simply how profoundly she can.
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Even though we are obsessed with the ide a of love, the truth is that most of us live relatively decent, somewhat satisfying lives even if we often feel that love is lacking . In these relationships we share ge nui ne affection and/ or care. For most of us, that fee ls like enough because it is usually a lot more than we received in our fam ilies of origin. Undoubtedly, many of us are more comfortab le with the notion that love can mean anything to anybody precisely because when we define it w it h precision and clarity it brings us fac e to face with our lacks-with terrible alienation.
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