should have added an interview with Studs. Terkel, who performed a heroic job of work working. People Talk About What They. Do All Day and How They. Working has ratings and reviews. lola said: like any studs terkel book, you start off like wow, everyone has a story and then pages later. 12 Jun Studs Terkel. For better or worse, the world that Studs Terkel captured forty years ago in his brilliant oral history of American workers, Working.

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Radio Diaries The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel – Radio Diaries

To hear all the stories in this series go to the Radio Diaries Podcast. Those on the bottom only see assholes. Well, as Terkel wprking, this is not quite accurate. His book, “Working” also was highly acclaimed. It was a bit discouraging to read that some adverse work situations, particularly among women and minorities, remained sticking points even forty years later. I found Terkel’s method of empowering his subjects admirably progressive; I have little doubt that this was his intention.

Having the expert asking the questions and drawing out the answers makes the read even more enjoyable. Apr 12, Nate Hanson rated it liked it. Each had interesting events to describe and their points of view were unique.

Studs Terkel’s Working – new jobs, same need for meaning

I think Terkel does well, although clearly most of his work is invisible. I know a lot of pro athletes have a capacity for a wider experience. So what are the common themes of these interviews?

I really enjoyed this book. Airline attendants are no longer weighed by the airlines and put on probation if they are too fat! The immediate practical aftermath of the civil rights movement and the beginning of the cynici I’ve had this on my list for ages, recommended by people I respect the most.


Most of them are griping, which I can relate to, but that may be part of Here’s another one for my unfinished shelf, unfortunately. Eddie Jaffe was a press agent “legendary for his lost causes, chutzpah and angst,” according to his obituary in the New York Times. In the last thirty years, productivity has soared but job satisfaction has plummeted.

He naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion, and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become. The interviews aren’t transcribed straight, obviously; they’re culled and edited expertly from longer conversations, and anyone who’s conducted interviews knows how difficult it is to shape a coherent, legible story from a raw interview without losing the voice of the subject.

The show opened on Broadway in and has since been restaged in revised forms seven times.

Just building it bigger and bigger… In America, where our jobs are one of the main determinants of our social standing, it is no surprise that status anxiety plays a big role in worker dissatisfactions. I think that in today’s climate of reality TV and everyone trying to sell their story or seek their “15 minutes” that the interviews for this book couldn’t have been done with the un-selfconsciousness with which they were done plus years ago.

Meet Some Of The Voices From ‘Working’ Then And Now

I think this is going to go out the door after I read it even if it’s good as I just couldn’t bear to read it again. But overall the tegkel are intact, and the subjects speak directly to us as readers. Mar 04, C. Also surprising is how many jobs and categories of jobs were unionized injobs that today we would not even imagine should be unionized today or could have ever been so. The premise of this book fascinated me — talking to “regular folks” about how they felt about their jobs.

Topics Studs Terkel Rereading. The man whose whole life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects are perhaps always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding or to exercise his invention in finding out expedients for removing terkwl which never occur. Decker’s and Ruggiero’s accounts, and a lot of others from this book, would make fantastic movies. The world of work described feels altogether more stable and predictable than it does now.


There is the stockbroker that admits getting into the stocks is going to have you losing money, the housewife, the executive secretary this was published n the 70sthe mason, hotel operator, newspaper carrier Consequently, the product itself often does, too.

‘Working’ Then And Now: Studs Terkel’s Book Interviews Resurface As Audio : NPR

Americans, as a rule,don’t seem to value work. It was a bestseller on publication workint among those who read it was the musical theatre composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who would later go on to win awards for Wicked. Dad was a great fan of classical music and a bit of a leftist. I read it very slowly, bits at a time, all out of order. This one has “For Einar: Real stories, genuinely collected.

How about as a stonemason? I need only look at my personal career in the information industry as an example.

Published in the early s, Working captures and seals a moment in time. The book wa Great concept and lots of good stories but ultimately too long and too many pointless stories. To ask other readers questions about Workingplease sign up.

Sep 12, Dara Salley rated it really liked it. The revue, etrkel Terkel’s book, focused on the lives of ordinary people. Return to Book Page.