The Feminist Agenda: 02.02 Anne Elizabeth Moore on the real cost of free houses and government corruption

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Anne Elizabeth Moore joins the Feminist Agenda to discuss her latest book, Gentrifier: A Memoir. From Catapult: In 2016, a Detroit arts organization grants writer and artist Anne Elizabeth Moore a free house—a room of her own, à  la Virginia Woolf—in Detroit’s majority-Bangladeshi “Banglatown.” Accompanied by her cats, Moore moves to the bungalow in her new city  where she gardens, befriends the neighborhood youth, and grows to intimately understand civic collapse and community solidarity. When the  troubled history of her prize house comes to light, Moore finds her life destabilized by the aftershocks of the housing crisis and governmental corruption. This  is also a memoir of art, gender, work, and survival. Moore writes into  the gaps of Woolf’s declaration that “a woman must have money and a room  of one’s own if she is to write”; what if this woman were queer and  living with chronic illness, as Moore is, or a South Asian immigrant,  like Moore’s neighbors? And what if her primary coping mechanism was jokes? Part investigation, part comedy of a vexing city, and part love letter to girlhood, Gentrifier examines capitalism, property ownership, and whiteness, asking if we can ever  really win when violence and profit are inextricably linked with victory. Anne Elizabeth Moore was born in Winner, South Dakota. She has written several critically  acclaimed nonfiction books, including the Lambda Literary  Award–nominated Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes, which was a Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017, and Sweet Little Cunt, which won an Eisner Award. She lives in Hobart, New York, with her cat, Captain America.
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