May 19, 1995
Gloria Watkins: The Real bell hooks
When black feminism needed a voice, bell hooks was born
New York, New York -- Whatever you have read by or about bell hooks does little to prepare you for meeting Gloria Watkins.
The former is a pseudonym, distinctive for its lowercase letters, stamped on a dozen books of feminist and cultural criticism. The latter is the professor who created them.
Where bell hooks plays the rebel, sounding tough and crass and sometimes unforgiving, Ms. Watkins sounds childlike, her voice tiny and vulnerable as she answers the intercom at her West