Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles by Bert Ashe.
“Don’t get it twisted,” is a familiar colloquialism. Translation: don’t misunderstand my meaning, or don’t distort my intentions. Bert Ashe’s use of the word “twisted” in his title is a double entendre. He refers to the literal twisting of one’s hair to “lock” it. But he also refers to something more complex—the struggle engaged by African Americans to establish and maintain control of the black body and how it is “read” or misread. He refers to both the Dread Lock and the dreaded lock.
Ashe invites us to consider the complex thinking that has gone into his effort to construct a bodily narrative—everything that says, this is who I am, this is how I want to be “read.” His decision to wear dreadlocks has thrown him into a deep investigation of the “self” and the world.
Before we talk about “the book,” let’s talk about his Contents Page. What do you see there? What is Bert Ashe telling us about his “contents” on these two pages of Contents?
Could you write YOUR story using Bert Ashe’s Table of Contents?