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The New Press
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Millions of Studs Terkel fans have come to know the prizewinning oral historian through his landmark books—“The Good War”, Hard Times, Working, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, and many others. Few people realize, however, that much of Studs’s best work was not collected into these thematic volumes and has, in fact, never been published. P.S. brings together these significant and deeply enjoyable writings for the first time.
The pieces in P.S. reflect Studs’s wide-ranging interests and travels, as well as his abiding connection to his hometown, Chicago. Here we have a fascinating conversation with James Baldwin, possibly Studs’s finest interview with an author; pieces on the colorful history and culture of Chicago; vivid portraits of Studs’s heroes and cohorts (including an insightful and still timely interview with songwriter Yip Harburg, known for his “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime”); and the transcript of Studs’s famous broadcast on the Depression, the very moving essence of what was to become Hard Times.
A fitting postscript to a lifetime of listening, P.S. is a truly Terkelesque display of Studs’s extraordinary range of talent and the amazing people he found to talk to.
About the Author
—ROBERT COLES, PULITZER PRIZE–WINNING AUTHOR OF CHILDREN OF CRISIS Studs Terkel is more than a writer, he is a national resource.
—JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH
Studs Terkel is an American treasure.
By now, the man requires an adjective of his own— Terkelesque.
Scaring the Daylights Out of Ma Perkins, 1974 3
Dreamland, 1977 13
James Baldwin, 1961 27
“City of Hands Was Born in Mud and Fire,” Financial
Times, 2005 61
Janus: Some Portraits from Memory 67
Vince Garrity, 1974 68
Frank Tuller, in Memoriam, 1975 79
Chester Kolar 84
Stanley Cygan 86
Who's Got the Ballot?—Red Kelly, 1975 87
Ya Gotta Fight City Hall, 1973 101
If You Were God 107
Nighthawks, 1971 111
A Christmas Memory, 1973 113 Uptown 121
Suffer the Little Children, 1980 122
A Family Bar, 1979 126
Aaron Barkham 133
A Voice from a “Hey, You” Neighborhood, 1973 135
E. Y. “Yip” Harburg, 1978 147
A Gathering of Survivors, 1971–72 169
Born to Live, 1961 199
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