R.I.P. Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel: Touch and Go

Originally uploaded by The Emperor Dalek

Writer Studs Terkel has died at 96. His books chronicled the experiences of Americans in their own words, and as such they were a positively mystical experience to me. Too often journalists and historians forget that history is made up of experience, and that politicians and generals and theorists do not create the future out of whole cloth; it is built by the rest of us. Terkel was a giant as both a writer and a historian because he remembered that simple fact.


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