WAY BACK FROM DEEP DEBT:
article originally appeared in The
New York Times Magazine.
© 1986, 1995, 2011 by Jerrold Mundis
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.
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.