(PARIS) — Literary editor Andre Schiffrin, who gave readers Art Spiegelman, Michel Foucault and Studs Terkel before he was forced out of commercial publishing in a defining battle between profits and literature, has died in Paris. He was 78. Show More Summary
I could do Thanksgiving alone. Lots of people do that. Hanging up the phone, I could barely remember why she cancelled. Something about "needing space." But I was already getting ready to be a frozen turkey dinner tough guy. Remembering,...Show More Summary
Chicago is a great city, a peculiarly American city. Carl Sandburg’s City of Broad Shoulders, it is the old and the new Mayor Daley, Studs Terkel and Mike Royko. It is an architect’s city, big, friendly and Midwestern. But even long after Al Capone was taken down over taxes, Chicago seems to grow tax scams. At [...]
BY: ALEXANDRA PRIMIANI Ten years ago, Dave Isay began StoryCorps, a project dedicated to the lives and histories of the “uncelebrated,” a term coined by oral historian Studs Terkel, who dedicated his own life to telling the stories of regular Americans. Beginning with a recording booth in...
Studs Terkel was a master storyteller, or maybe story-listener. His oral histories showed that with the right ear, he could make an interview something special -- he got to the heart of things, to the hearts of people.
So, let’s say you’re in the middle of writing up your dissertation. You’re going through your interviews, making notes, seeing some patterns, and piecing together some of the stories you are going to tell about your fieldwork. Then you start actually outlining chapters and blocking things out. You follow with selecting certain segments of interviews […]
“Can’t Take No More,” a 1980 film about workplace health and safety narrated by Studs Terkel is just incredible and very much worth watching, both for its footage of early 20th century workplaces as well as its discussion of contemporary issues and how OSHA empowered workers. The film takes on an optimistic tone. But already [...]
With her "Piano Jazz" program on NPR, Marian McPartland, like Studs Terkel, made conversation into art. Her music will last forever. And when the show starts up tonight in heaven, it will be like a tiny, warm bar in Chicago as the snow comes down outside.
With guests Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison, and Gene Wolfe. From 1982. So much has changed, so much has stayed the same. Read more...
Roger Ebert ranks among Chicago's most influential writers, with the likes of Mike Royko, Studs Terkel, Nelson Algren and Carl Sandburg. We mourn his loss with the rest of Chicago, and so we'd like to share with you our memories and tributes. [ more › ]
It's a typo located 103 stories above street level at the Tower Formerly Known as Sears. An exhibit in the Willis Tower Skydeck honoring famous Chicagoans that's been up for 14 years has the last name of Studs Terkel misspelled. [ more › ]
Studs Terkel’s name has been misspelled at Chicago’s Willis Tower for nearly 14 years. (One of my readers pointed it out earlier this week.) (chicagotribune.com) Keith Sharon: “A typewriter sounds either like a glorious calliope or a very old man slogging up stadium steps in metal shoes, depending on your perspective.” (ocregister.com) … Read More
Romenesko reader Jane Meyer Pickering shares her photo of a Studs “Turkel” display at Chicago’s Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower). She writes “via mobile”: [It's located] up in the skywalk area where it tells the history of Chicago… where everyone goes to see the city the 103rd floor. We went to stand on those plexiglass … Read More
Few storytellers are as well-loved in Chicago as Studs Terkel. He shared the voices of regular working people and by doing so, wrote a history of the city of broad shoulders. It is with great pride that we announce The Chicago Reporter's...Show More Summary
Hi Folks! Just had this wonderful song sent to me: “Neat to be a Newsboy,” from the musical “Working” by Stephen “Wicked” Schwartz based on the book by Studs Terkel. This is not to be confused with the Disney musical “Newsies” — but I have a feeling I’d like that one, too. Anyway, to very quickly [...]
In celebration of Uptown legend Studs Terkel's 100th birthday this year, there's a free film festival on June 17th, 2pm-8pm, at the Cultural Center, featuring previously unseen archival footage of our former neighbor. You can read more about it at "Free Things To Do In Chicago."
Since we are not done observing the 100th anniversary of Terkel's birth, we are happy that Media Burn isn't either, with two upcoming events showcasing their video record of Terkel's legacy. [ more › ]
Studs Terkel: What’s your feeling about electronic music?Aaron Copland: Well, I think it’s a little early to have any feelings about it. Let the boys [Terkel: You believe in experimentation] try it out. Yes, I’m very permissive in my attitudes. Let ‘em try it out. Give ‘em plenty of rope.