Yesterday I finished reading an essay collection titled Money Changes Everything edited by Jenny Offill and Elissa Schappell both instructors in the MFA program I attended, but neither were instructors I worked with as they were in the prose program (I was, of course, in poetry). The subtitle for the book is: Twenty-two writers break the final taboo–How money transforms families, tests marriages, destroys friendships and sometimes manages to make people happy. That is on the front of the book and is quite a mouthful!
I gave this collection a 4 out of 5 on Goodreads because over all it is a nice read. Each essay is pretty easy to read in one short setting. You hear from those who grew up poor and those who grew up rich although there is a definite bent towards urban living on all fronts (hey, if you live in New York, you know New Yorkers. If I put together a collection it’d probably be very, very Southern).
I bring this book up, not just because I read it and found it pretty enjoyable, but because I think it is an excellent topic for anyone to start writing on: money. Or, if not money what other things do you think are too taboo to talk about? There is a great reader guide at the end with questions like: have you ever lied about your money situation? Why? In what setting? Etc.
I’ll keep this pretty broad, but hope perhaps it strikes you to write. Not to post here today, but to write.
And to finish here are some of my favorite quotes from the collection:
- from “Stash” by Claire Dederer: I’m his daughter; he’s my father. We gave each other what we could afford.
- from “Preexisting Condition” by Jonathan Dee: But that’s the thing about being poor; after a while, all of your choices are short term ones.
Hope everyone is continuing to have a great week! See you for Poem Share tomorrow. I am regularly blogging next week but I’ll be in the summer institute next week so my blogging may disapp…