bell hooks and Amiri Baraka: ‘together again’
bell hooks on the cover of the July 2006 issue of Shambhala Sun leads me to an excerpt from her article:
More than thirty years ago, when I first began to think about Buddhism, there was little or no talk about Buddhism and love. Being a Buddhist was akin to being a leftist; it was all about the intellect, the philosophical mind. It was faith for the thinking “man” and love was nowhere to be found in the popular Buddhist literature at that time.
This immediately reminded me of Amiri Baraka’s remarks about being a Buddhist—and a communist—in our kintespace.com streaming audio feature “Amiri Baraka: Somebody Blew Up America.” bell hooks’ commentary sheds more light on a general idea on a galactic scale (bigger than a ball park) of what might have been going on in Baraka’s mind back in the day—before he ‘stopped being a Buddhist.’
By the way, you can stream bell hooks audio at as well. Listen to “bell hooks: Connecting Self and Community” here at kintespace.com.