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The lonely letters, Ashon T. Crawley

Label
The lonely letters
Title
The lonely letters
Statement of responsibility
Ashon T. Crawley
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Lonely Letters is a Black queer critique of the normative world, practicing a restlessness of word and phrase that seeks existence otherwise. The book is a work of creative non-fiction, taking the form of a correspondence between characters A and Moth. The letters explore Blackness and queerness through the music and embodied experience of Blackpentecostal spaces. The correspondence is in epistolary form, organized into 5 sections: Breath, Shouting, Noise, Tongues, and Nothing. The first section opens with A's first letter to Moth about mysticism, and love, considering the embodied nature of Black queer experience in the Blackpentecostal church. Breath functions as a way of being open to the world, antithetical to western logics of the right way to be human -- being protected against vulnerability. The second chapter is about Blackpentecostal music and how the rhythm, tempo, and improvisation moves participants and listeners beyond the material realm into a deep world of feeling and connection. A describes how listening to the music became the paintings they created, which are also shown in this chapter. The paintings -- also by Crawley -- are created in sync with the shouting, stomping, and clapping of the Blackpentecostal tradition. The section called Noise is about quantum theory and mysticism as explorations into the possibilities of deep interconnection, romantically and within the larger community. Section 4, Tongues, is about joy, touch, and interconnection. Black joy functions as the context of Black emergence, with the flesh as the potential for sense experience. The last chapter, Nothing, is about the improvised music traditions of Black churches: how nothing functions as the space for creation. The Blackpentecostal church is described as a place that is fundamentally invitational, about transfer, about excess, the affect that lingers long after the music and musings are done. This book will be of interest to readers and scholars in African American studies, Black Diaspora studies, queer studies, and religious studies"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
LBSOR/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Crawley, Ashon T
Dewey number
289.9/408996073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BX8762.5.Z8
LC item number
C73 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Crawley, Ashon T
  • African American Pentecostals
  • Loneliness
  • African American sexual minorities
  • African American Pentecostal churches
  • Church music
  • African Americans
  • Experience (Religion)
  • African American Pentecostals
  • African Americans
  • Church music
  • Experience (Religion)
  • Loneliness
Label
The lonely letters, Ashon T. Crawley
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
And -- Breath -- Shouting -- Noise -- Tongues -- Nothing
Control code
on1111647131
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
270 pages
Isbn
9781478007760
Lccn
2019033500
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Label
The lonely letters, Ashon T. Crawley
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
And -- Breath -- Shouting -- Noise -- Tongues -- Nothing
Control code
on1111647131
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
270 pages
Isbn
9781478007760
Lccn
2019033500
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations

Library Locations

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