The Lonely Letters
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The Lonely Letters

Ashon T. Crawley

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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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index 
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thing: 
etymology 
of, 
59; 
slang 
use 
of, 
144; 
thingli-
ness, 
143–44
Till, 
Emmett, 
1
touch, 
145, 
147
transitions, 
234–36
Tsang, 
Wu, 
133
Tubman, 
Harriet, 
167
universities, 
29, 
157, 
158, 
160
voice, 
161, 
163–66, 
204–6; 
“wet” 
sound 
of, 
204–6
Walker, 
Albertina, 
129
Walker, 
Alice, 
49; 
The 
Color 
Purple
91, 
137–38; 
“In 
Search 
of 
Our 
Mothers’ 
Gar-
dens,” 
138
whiteness 
and 
white 
supremacism, 
27, 
28, 
67, 
108, 
138, 
224
wrestling, 
104–5
Wynter, 
Sylvia, 
27, 
28, 
63, 
71, 
93, 
157, 
237; 
on 
Aretha 
Franklin, 
149, 
161
“yonderworld,” 
120–21, 
122
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page 
intentionally 
leſt 
blank
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page 
intentionally 
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