Debts, collectively

maxresdefaultIn the 1986 American comedy film The Money Pit, young lovers Shelley Long and Tom Hanks buy a million dollar mansion in distress, soon falling into distress themselves. Metaphorically, isn’t this kind of like what we all do, everyday? Nothing we have is permanent, and everything we throw money at just breaks again eventually. Collectively, aren’t we just the sum of our debts – personal, societal, emotional, financial?  How many holes are in your floor? 

Join The Disagreement on Monday, July 20th for “The bank closed, so they moved on.”

At HiFi (169 Ave A), 8pm 


Jackie Corley is the founder and publisher of Word Riot ( Her work has appeared in Redivider, Fourteen Hills, 3AM Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn and in various print anthologies. A short story collection, The Suburban Swindle, was published in 2008 by the now-defunct So New Press.

A former New York Times Fellow at NYU, Ben Purkert has published poems in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Agni, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, Fence and elsewhere. He currently teaches creative writing at Rutgers and is working on his first novel. He’s also the founder of CityShelf, an initiative to support indie bookstores. More at:

Elizabeth Clark Wessel is a founding editor of Argos Books & co-editor of Circumference: Poetry in Translation. She is the author of three chapbooks Whither Weather (GreenTower Press, 2012), Isn’t that You Waving at You (Big Lucks Books, forthcoming in 2015) and Amsterdam (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming 2015). Her full-length collection Two Suns will be published by The Lit Pub in 2015. She lives in a farmhouse in Connecticut and translates Swedish novels for a living.

Lynn Steger Strong‘s novel, HOLD STILL, will be published by Liveright/Norton in March 2016. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.