Sunday, 10 November 2013
bell hooks "Is Paris Burning?" 1992
If you're a fan of Paris Is Burning and vogue culture in general, then wrap your peepers around the following.
bell hooks (spelled with no capitals) is a respected writer and cultural critic, best known for her writings on race and gender. "Is Paris Burning?" is an essay by hooks from the Black Looks collection from 1992, and is essentially a critique of the film we all know and love.
I may not necessarily agree with everything hooks writes, but this essay is a very valuable reading, adding insights from a black person's p.o.v. that may be missing for many white/straight viewers of the film. I'm not going to republish the essay here but you can read it at this link:
Highly recommended! Thanks to Stephanie Davis for the link.