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The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White
by Aisha Sabatini Sloan
University of Iowa Press, 2013
Paper: 978-1-60938-160-8 | eISBN: 978-1-60938-163-9
Library of Congress Classification E184.A1S2228 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.80513096073

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In these intertwined essays on art, music, and identity, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, the daughter of African American and Italian American parents, examines the experience of her mixed-race identity. Embracing the far-ranging stimuli of her media-obsessed upbringing, she grasps at news clippings, visual fragments, and lyrics from past and present in order to weave together a world of sense.
Art in all forms guides the author toward understanding concepts like blackness, jazz, mortality, riots, space, time, self, and other without falling prey to the myth that all things must exist within a system of binaries. Recalling her awkward attempts at coolness during her childhood, Sabatini Sloan evokes Thelonious Monk’s stage persona as a metaphor for blackness. Through the conceptual art of Adrian Piper, the author is able to understand what is so quietly menacing about the sharp, clean lines of an art gallery where she works as an assistant. The result is a compelling meditation on identity and representation. 

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