Saturday, November 01, 2008

Literary "Working"

Author Studs Terkel died. Wow. His work in Oral History was amazing. I was first introduced to his seminal book "Working" on PBS. It was a dramatization of his interviews done with the country's working folk--from waitress to prostitute. In college, I worked on the stage crew of a musical based on "Working." Thanks, Mr. Terkel, for all of the work you did. Read more here.

1 comment:

Sundry said...

Yeah, he made an amazing contribution to our understanding of history by placing importance in the experience of the "common" individual living in society. I worked in the Oral History Dept. at UCLA when I was a student there, and I've always felt that this approach to understanding our times is absolutely critical and fascinating.