For his oral histories, Terkel interviewed his subjects on tape, then transcribed and sifted. "What first comes out of an interview are tons of ore; you have to get that gold dust in your hands," he wrote in his memoir. "Now, how does it become a necklace or a ring or a gold watch? You have to get the form; you have to mold the gold dust."Genius.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Studs Terkel Dies
One of the big names I came across in my sociology degree when it came time for independent research was Studs Terkel. Very sad news that he's died. His own account of what he did best: