In this provocative and captivating dialogue, bell hooks and Cornel West come together to discuss the dilemmas, contradictions, and joys of Black intellectual life. The two friends and comrades in struggle talk, argue, and disagree about everything from community to capitalism in a series of intimate conversations that range from playful to probing to revelatory. In evoking the act of breaking bread, the book calls upon the various traditions of sharing that take place in domestic, secular, and sacred life where people come together to give themselves, to nurture life, to renew their spirits, sustain their hopes, and to make a lived politics of revolutionary struggle an ongoing practice.
This 25th anniversary edition continues the dialogue with "In Solidarity," their 2016 conversation at the bell hooks Institute on racism, politics, popular culture and the contemporary Black experience.
Praise for the book:
"bell hooks and Cornel West's wonderful volume is theoretical poetry, poetic theory….The scope of topics addressed in the far-ranging conversations between the two authors is breathtaking….[The book] not only theorizes about how a transformed intellectual power might fuse deep moral concern and political engagement--it actually does it."--Patricia Hill Collins, Signs (Autumn, 1994)
"A series of dialogues between and interviews with two of the foremost black intellectuals in America today, this volume is of enormous importance and offers rewarding reading."--Publishers Weekly
Preface to the New Edition
1. Black Men and Women: partnership in the 1990s
2. Introduction to Cornel West
3. Cornel West interviewed by bell hooks
4. Introduction to bell hooks
5. bell hooks interviewed by Cornel West
6. Dialogue between bell hooks and Cornel West
7. Dialogue between bell hooks and Cornel West
8. The Dilemma of the Black Intellectual
9. Black Women Intellectuals