Monday, September 5, 2011

Why Not Working is Not Working in America

Studs Terkel
1912 - 2008
I always liked Studs Terkel. He always seemed to be interesting. One of those writers whose broad curiosity made him one of the most familiar as a 'talking head' on almost any documentary, from baseball, to jazz, to the economy, to politics. Terkel always struck me as a common man, with a common man's perspective, not an 'expert'.

One of the books Terkel wrote (which I confess I haven't read; it's on the list), is 'Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do'. It's just curious and enlightening to hear 'ordinary' people talk about the work they do and how they feel about it.

The interviews Terkel conducted and recorded which are the basis of this book, tell us how important work is to the human psyche and soul. It also let's us know what so many of the people who are currently unemployed feel about not working.

I think you'll find it worth listening to as well...


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