The Lonely Letters

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Ashon T. Crawley
  • Durham, NC: 
    Duke University Press
    , April
     2020.
     280 pages.
     $26.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781478008248.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Ashon Crawley is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. 

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