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Virtual Event: Eula Biss

September 1, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT


Join us on Tueday, September 1 at 6pm for the launch of bestselling author Eula Biss’ new book, Having and Being Had on Zoom!

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Praise for Having and Being Had

“A major achievement. Having and Being Had, rather than leading through narrative, turns individual words and phrases, like capitalismconsumersgreat Americahusbandryart, and work, into fields of inquiry in order to frame a life. With astute consideration, this expansive and intimate accumulation asks the questions that touch all our lives.” —Claudia Rankine

“Eula Biss’s prescient new book gave me new language for things I didn’t know I felt about money, capitalism, and my place inside of an economy that always requires so much of me and gives back so little. A brilliant, lacerating re-examination of our relationship to what we own and why, and who in turn might own us in ways we didn’t know we consented to—what could be more necessary now?” —Alexander Chee

About Having and Being Had

A timely and arresting new look at affluence by the New York Times bestselling author of On Immunity and Notes from No Man’s Land

“My adult life can be divided into two distinct parts,” Eula Biss writes, “the time before I owned a washing machine and the time after.” Having just purchased her first home, the poet and essayist now embarks on a provocative exploration of the value system she has bought into. Through a series of engaging exchanges—in libraries and laundromats, over barstools and backyard fences—Having and Being Had examines our assumptions about class and property and the ways we internalize the demands of capitalism. Described by The New York Times as a writer who “advances from all sides, like a chess player,” Biss offers an uncommonly immersive and deeply revealing new portrait of work and luxury, of accumulation and consumption, of the value of time and how we spend it. Ranging from IKEA to Beyoncé to Pokemon, Biss asks, of both herself and her class, “In what have we invested?”


September 1, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
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