Having and Being Had

Author:   Eula Biss
Publisher:   Text Publishing
ISBN:  

9781922268013


Pages:   336
Publication Date:   15 September 2020
Format:   Paperback
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A timely and arresting new look at affluence by a consistently surprising writer. '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, she now embarks on a roguish and risky self-audit of the value system she has bought into. The result is a radical interrogation of work, leisure and capitalism. Described by the New York Times as a writer who 'advances from all sides, like a chess player', Biss brings her approach to the lived experience of capitalism. Playfully ranging from IKEA to Beyonce to Pokemon, across bars and laundromats and universities, she asks, of both herself and her class, 'In what have we invested?'

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Author:   Eula Biss
Publisher:   Text Publishing
Imprint:   The Text Publishing Company
Dimensions:   Width: 15.40cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 23.20cm
Weight:   0.430kg
ISBN:  

9781922268013


ISBN 10:   1922268011
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   15 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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'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 * 'In this witty, genre-bending book, Eula Biss smashes the taboo against talking about money with exhilarating results. Her investigation ranges from the strictly financial to the broadly philosophical as she accounts for her life with disarming honesty and grace.' * Jenny Offill * 'No contemporary writer I know explores and confronts her own societal responsibilities better than Eula Biss. In Having and Being Had she unpacks capitalism as a lived practice of a thinking person. She makes you surprised and delighted by the way she extracts complex ideas from mundane situations.' * Aleksandar Hemon * 'Eula Biss is known for stepping off the plank into turbulent waters that others might fear or avoid, armed with wry wit and a radical lucidity. Having and Being Had continues this journey, offering us a probing tour of capitalism and class that sidesteps posturing and jargon in favor of clarity, humility, and incitement.' * Maggie Nelson * 'A major achievement. Having and Being Had, rather than leading through narrative, turns individual words and phrases, like capitalism, consumers, great America, husbandry, art 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 *


'Biss marvels at the uncertainty and discomfort people display when assigning costs and value to their work-and the way these discussions are further burdened by problems of race and gender, particularly in terms of how slavery and marriage turned people into property...A typically thoughtful set of Biss essays: searching, serious, and determined to go beyond the surface.' * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) * '[Having and Being Had] has turned the interrogative mode into a sound...This is an essential book for our out-of-control times of greed.' * John Freeman, LitHub * 'A stylish, meditative inquiry into the function and meaning of 21st-century capitalism...this eloquent, well-informed account recasts the everyday world in a sharp new light.' * Publishers Weekly * 'Having and Being Had is an artful masterpiece. In it, Eula Biss takes the ordinary-work, money, gardening, family-and strips it of ordinariness. In undressing life as such, she troubles the relations that bind us to objects, to property, and shows us the true cost of debt.' * Ellena Savage * '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 * 'In this witty, genre-bending book, Eula Biss smashes the taboo against talking about money with exhilarating results. Her investigation ranges from the strictly financial to the broadly philosophical as she accounts for her life with disarming honesty and grace.' * Jenny Offill * 'No contemporary writer I know explores and confronts her own societal responsibilities better than Eula Biss. In Having and Being Had she unpacks capitalism as a lived practice of a thinking person. She makes you surprised and delighted by the way she extracts complex ideas from mundane situations.' * Aleksandar Hemon * 'Eula Biss is known for stepping off the plank into turbulent waters that others might fear or avoid, armed with wry wit and a radical lucidity. Having and Being Had continues this journey, offering us a probing tour of capitalism and class that sidesteps posturing and jargon in favor of clarity, humility, and incitement.' * Maggie Nelson * 'A major achievement. Having and Being Had, rather than leading through narrative, turns individual words and phrases, like capitalism, consumers, great America, husbandry, art 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 *


Author Information

Eula Biss is the author of three books, including the New York Times bestseller On Immunity- An Inoculation, which was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review, and Notes from No Man's Land- American Essays, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her work has appeared in Harper's, the New York Times, Believer, and elsewhere, and has been supported by an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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