Books: Listening to the Voice of the Terkel

TALKING TO MYSELF

by STUDS TERKEL 316 pages. Pantheon. $10.

Next to Richard Nixon, the person whose career has been most dramatically affected by the tape recorder is Studs Terkel. Although he earned patchy renown as a Chicago radio-TV personality, Terkel's national prominence came through three books crammed with transcripts of other people's conversations: Division Street: America, Hard Times and Working. The subjects changed with each book, but Terkel's theme did not: I hear America speaking. All the while the most provocative talker was a rumpled man with floppy white hair and an...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!