[Reading + Discussion] GOING FOR BROKE: Alissa Quart and Anne Elizabeth Moore
Fri, Apr 12, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

READING

Join Alissa Quart and Anne Elizabeth Moore for a reading and discussion of the new collection Going for Broke: Living on the Edge in the World’s Richest Country, an anthology from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project co-edited by Quart (who is also EHRP’s executive director), and including an essay by Moore. 

The writers will read from and discuss the anthology alongside their other recent books, Quart’s Bootstrapped: Liberating Ourselves from the American Dream and Moore’s Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes. 

This event is free to attend, but seating is limited. To ensure your seat, please rsvp using the form below. 

Alissa Quart is the author of five books of nonfiction including Bootstrapped: Liberating Ourselves from the American Dream (Ecco, 2023), Squeezed and Branded. She collaborated on creating EHRP with Barbara Ehrenreich and has run it for close to a decade. She is also the author of two books of poetry and has written for many publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and TIME. Her awards include an Emmy, an SPJ Award, and a Nieman fellowship. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.

Anne Elizabeth Moore was born in Winner, SD, and lives in the Catskills with two ineffective feline personal assistants, Captain America and Mitakuye “Taku” Oyasin Moore-America. She is a cultural critic, journalist, and humorist. Her 2021 book, Gentrifier: A Memoir, was an NPR Best Book. In 2019, her book on comics creator Julie Doucet, Sweet Little Cunt, won a Will Eisner Comics Industry Award. My Inevitable Murder, the “true-ish crime” podcast in which she investigates her own murder, has been nominated for multiple awards and is supported by the New York State Council for the Arts.

About Going for Broke:
Going for Broke
is a collection of compelling, hard-hitting first-person essays, poems, and photos that expose what our punitive social systems do to so many Americans. Giving voice to a range of gifted writers for whom “economic precarity” is more than just another assignment, it illustrates what the late Barbara Ehrenreich—who conceived of EHRP—once described as “the real face of journalism today: not million dollar-a-year anchorpersons, but low-wage workers and downwardly spiraling professionals.”

About Body Horror:
Whether for entertainment, under the guise of medicine, or to propel consumerism, heinous acts are perpetrated daily on women’s bodies. In
Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes, award-winning journalist Anne Elizabeth Moore catalogs the global toll of capitalism on our physical autonomy. Weaving together unflinching research and surprising humor, these essays range from investigative—probing the Cambodian garment industry, the history of menstrual products, or the gender biases of patent law—to uncomfortably intimate. Informed by her own navigation of several autoimmune diagnoses, Moore examines what it takes to seek care and community in the increasingly complicated, problematic, and disinterested US healthcare system.

About Bootstrapped:
The promise that you can “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” is central to the story of the American Dream. It’s the belief that if you work hard and rely on your own resources, you will eventually succeed. However, time and again we have seen how this foundational myth, with its emphasis on individual determination, brittle self-sufficiency, and personal accomplishment, does not help us. Instead, as income inequality rises around us, we are left with shame and self-blame for our condition. In Bootstrapped: Liberating Ourselves from the American Dream,
acclaimed journalist Alissa Quart argues that at the heart of our suffering is a do-it-yourself ethos, the misplaced belief in our own independence and the conviction that we must rely on ourselves alone. Looking at a range of delusions and half solutions—from “grit” to the false Horatio Alger story to the rise of GoFundMe—Quart reveals how we have been steered away from robust social programs that would address the root causes of our problems. Meanwhile, the responsibility for survival has been shifted onto the backs of ordinary people, burdening generations with debt instead of providing the social safety net we so desperately need.