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A WAY BACK FROM DEEP DEBT:

DEBTORS ANONYMOUS


Jerrold Mundis




This article originally appeared in The New York Times Magazine.


Copyright © 1986, 1995, 2011 by Jerrold Mundis

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IT’S A FRIDAY NIGHT in November. Some fifty people are sitting in molded plastic chairs in a one-room brick building that is part of a church complex in Greenwich Village. It’s a comfortable, sparsely furnished room, used by various community groups. Two ceiling-fans turn slowly. The group is listening to a woman talk about her life, and about her money.

She’s in her fifties, a commercial artist. She wears a tailored skirt and a long-sleeved beige blouse. Her name is Ruth B. and she is participating in a meeting of Debtors Anonymous.

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