Eula Biss is a wonder. She teases out the history and ethics of capitalism – what is it, really? – of work and labor, of art and making art, all told through the lens of every day experience; of living and being and parenting and partnering and working and making and loving. She explores what it means to live an ethical life while trying to live one, while trying to create space for making art in the midst of striving for some financial security. She is an intelligent, thought provoking writer. The book is written in brief chapters so, even as she excavates some pretty complex ideas, it is very readable.

I listened to the book and the reader was perfect for the material. This book is deeply engaging and I find her ideas lingering long after turning that last page. I have been quiet here, even though I have read and listened to many books these last months, just couldn’t find the space in my brain to write about them. But I didn’t want this one to be missed. It is that good and that important.

10 comments on “HAVING AND BEING HAD by Eula Biss”

  1. Sounds like an informative and accessible read, JNaz — I haven’t heard of it but it’s now on my reserve list at the library πŸ™‚ Thanks for bringing it here!


    1. I found you in mind often as I was listening to this book, borkali. Something about the rumination on finding balance between making art/work/family, and living a just and conscientious life.

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  2. Well that was yummy! I love love love this blog because y’all read some dang good books — keep ’em coming! High five JNaz for another amazing recommendation- I’m actually going to buy this one for the shelf and send a copy to a former student πŸ˜‰ David Graeber is one probably my favorite modern day anarchist — I’d call this a validation gold star for anti-capitalism/anti-consumerism.

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