P.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening

P.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening

by Studs Terkel


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595584236
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 11/03/2008
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 848,602
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Studs Terkel (1912–2008) was an award-winning author and radio broadcaster. He is the author of Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession; Division Street: America, Coming of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth Century; Talking to Myself: A Memoir of My Times; “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II; Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do; The Studs Terkel Reader: My American Century; American Dreams: Lost and Found; The Studs Terkel Interviews: Film and Theater; Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression; Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith; Giants of Jazz; Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled Times; And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey; Touch and Go: A Memoir; P.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening; and Studs Terkel’s Chicago, all published by The New Press. He was a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of a Presidential National Humanities Medal, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a George Polk Career Award, and the National Book Critics Circle 2003 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.

Date of Birth:

May 16, 1912

Date of Death:

October 31, 2008

Place of Birth:

New York, NY

Place of Death:

Chicago, IL


J.D., University of Chicago, 1934

Table of Contents

Preface: Among My Souvenirs ix

Part I

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

Part II

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

Part III

E. Y. "Yip" Harburg, 1978 147

A Gathering of Survivors, 1971-72 169

Born to Live, 1961 199

Acknowledgments 227

Sources 229

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