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Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do by Studs Terkel
Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do

ivansky, November 7, 2008

Representing a host of occupations: steelworker, organizer, farmer, hooker, elevator starter, stock chaser, bar pianist and plenty more...folks male and female, young and old, describe the daily routine of their jobs and share their dreams and goals in life as well as their disappointments and grievances.

From the steelworker who punches a random guy in a bar because he wants to punch someone else (his foreman), to the newspaper boy, cynical beyond his years, expressing his rage at his customers, all of the people interviewed speak from the heart in a way only Studs Terkel could elicit.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Studs Terkel, who passed away on Halloween at the age of 96 in his hometown of Chicago, was an author, actor, and broadcaster but he will be remembered most for his gift as an oral historian. He will be greatly missed.

"With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, 'Studs, you're an optimist.' I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what's the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven." Studs Terkel
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Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch
Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

ivansky, December 10, 2007

Finally, a window into the world of David Lynch from his own public disclosure of how he creates the works of art that have moved so many people over the last few decades. In this small book he writes candidly about big ideas such as creativity, personal fulfillment and how meditation has helped him in his personal life and career. He shares how he captures ideas like fish, little ones on the surface and the big ones down deep within. I read this from cover to cover then went out and bought a copy for a friend who is also an admirer of Lynch. It's simple, personal and eloquent and belongs on the shelves of any fan of Lynch or his groundbreaking works.
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