Talking to myself: a memoir of my times
Terkel offers the reader an autobiography of our times--the stirring story of a man whose life has been so vivid that its telling mirrors the events of our century. From Mahalia Jackson to Bertrand Russell, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Federico Fellini, Studs has met them all and captured their voices for the reader.
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I had been writing scripts for Mahalia Jackson's CBS radio program. A man from
New York suggested that I sign a piece of paper. It was a loyalty oath.
Unfortunately for him, Mahalia was passing by. It was near the Steinway. Keep
Your Hand ...
Mahalia has found what she was looking for. Time passes, cataclysmically. The
walking people of Montgomery set hearts on fire. So does song as well as the
word. Martin Luther King knows what he's about in calling on Mahalia Jackson.
Mahalia asks it. "No, but they will now." The funny thing is I don't like scenes. But I
don't think there will be any. ... known as Georgia Tom, accompanist of Ma
Rainey, he has, since being saved, written scores of hymns for Mahalia Jackson.
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TALKING TO MYSELF: A Memoir Of My TimesUser Review - Kirkus
Talking to himself, Terkel is laconic, wry, sometimes baffling. He needs his machinery, his Sony and his Uher. ("I have a theory. I am a nco-Cartesian: I tape therefore I am.") He will reveal himself ... Read full review