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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He is a Chicago free lance, employed on occasion by The Boys to collect small
debts and things of that sort. At times, he finds his reputation as Tom the Tough
Guy somewhat embarrassing, although in his secret heart it is a cause for delight;
I, and smooth-talking colleagues from the Big City, would, on occasion, slip into
Ma's domain. Not on little cat feet. Ours was a heavy tread. My first such
appearance, indeed my debut as a gangster, was in the person of Butch Malone.
He was ...
The occasion is both tender and sad. Cameron notes that this ceremonial of what
appears to be genuine dedication, touched by anxiety, anger, and some fear, is
almost deliberately masked by outrageous costumes and fancy dress.
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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