A review by notthatcosta
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, by Audre Lorde


This collection of texts, though published decades ago, remains remarkably relevant and important in 2021, almost 30 years after Lorde's death. Despite her untimely passing, she still feels like a central figure in the study and discourse surrounding intersectionality and the positionality of Black queer womxn.

Like many, I had read 'The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House' prior to the book as a whole (it was a key text in a module I took at university). Though obviously a cornerstone of this collection, there is much more to Audre Lorde than this one [excellent] essay.

For me, it was her musings on her travels to Russia and Uzbekistan ('Notes from a Trip to Russia') and her reflections on the US invasion of Grenada ('Grenada Revisted: An Interim Report'), in which we saw her navigating her feminism and critical lens on justice, white supremacy and community in a global sense, beyond the parameters of American society, that I found most engrossing.