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The Lonely Letters - by Ashon T Crawley (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 280

Genre: Social Science

Sub-Genre: Black Studies (Global)

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Duke University Press

Author: Ashon T Crawley

Language: English

Street Date: April 10, 2020
TCIN: 79626104
UPC: 9781478008248
Item Number (DPCI): 247-39-8070

Description

In The Lonely Letters, A tells Moth: "Writing about and thinking with joy is what sustains me, daily. It nourishes me. I do not write about joy primarily because I always have it. I write about joy, Black joy, because I want to generate it, I want it to emerge, I want to participate in its constant unfolding." But alongside joy, A admits to Moth, come loneliness, exclusion, and unfulfilled desire. The Lonely Letters is an epistolary blackqueer critique of the normative world in which Ashon T. Crawley--writing as A--meditates on the interrelation of blackqueer life, sounds of the Black church, theology, mysticism, and love. Throughout his letters, A explores blackness and queerness in the musical and embodied experience of Blackpentecostal spaces and the potential for platonic and erotic connection in a world that conspires against blackqueer life. Both a rigorous study and a performance, The Lonely Letters gestures toward understanding the capacity for what we study to work on us, to transform us, and to change how we inhabit the world.
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