October 31st, 2008

Vermeer Girl


Studs Terkel, 1912-2008
     He was born in New York, but became the quintessential Chicagoan, one of the hearts of the city. He talked, but he listened more. Then he spoke about, and wrote about, the people he listened to. In doing so, he found, recorded, critiqued and glorified the American experience, and the Americans who were part of it. Sometimes he did so simply by showing us what was there, but you always knew where his heart and mind and soul stood. He loved America, and Americans. The world is poorer for his loss, but richer for his having been in it. Go, find out more about him, if you don't know him. If you do already, think about reading or re-reading one of his books. That's what I'm going to do.