RIP Studs Terkel

I read Working when in high school and it remains to this day one of my all time favorite works.  He was in a class by himself.  The trust people had in him and the depth they would share, that he could help invoke was unmatched.  Through the ordinariness of life, the more than ordinary emerged in his presence.  He was the Shaman of 20th century America.

Below is a video from his beloved Chicago’s own Elmore James, evoking the great history that marvelous city gave us in the form of the electrified blues.  Sad to see him go just days before he had the chance to possibly see a Chicagoan elected president of the US.  How he would have loved to see that day.

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