Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do

Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do

Studs Terkel / Sep 17, 2019

Working People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do Studs Terkel records the voices of America Men and women from every walk of life talk to him telling him of their likes and dislikes fears problems and happinesses on the job Once again Terkel ha

  • Title: Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do
  • Author: Studs Terkel
  • ISBN: 9781565843424
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback
  • Studs Terkel records the voices of America Men and women from every walk of life talk to him, telling him of their likes and dislikes, fears, problems, and happinesses on the job Once again, Terkel has created a rich and unique document that is as simple as conversation, but as subtle and heartfelt as the meaning of our lives In the first trade paperback edition of hStuds Terkel records the voices of America Men and women from every walk of life talk to him, telling him of their likes and dislikes, fears, problems, and happinesses on the job Once again, Terkel has created a rich and unique document that is as simple as conversation, but as subtle and heartfelt as the meaning of our lives In the first trade paperback edition of his national bestseller, Pulitzer Prize winning author Studs Terkel presents the real American experience Chicago Daily News a magnificent book A work of art To read it is to hear America talking Boston Globe

    Can We Talk Here s Why the White Working Class Hates Noam Scheiber takes on one of the lessons du jour that always crop up after a party gets shellacked at the polls how do we appeal to demographic group X that voted so heavily against us People Will Talk People Will Talk is a romantic comedy drama film directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz and produced by Darryl F Zanuck from a screenplay by Mankiewicz, based on the German play by Curt Goetz, which had been made into a movie in Germany Doctor Praetorius, .Released by Twentieth Century Fox, the film stars Cary Grant and Jeanne Crain, with supporting performances by Hume Cronyn, Finlay What So Many People Don t Get About the U.S Working Class Executive Summary Pundits and political analysts point to the white working class WWC as the voting bloc that tipped the Presidential Election in Donald Trump s favor. Progressive Party of Working People The Progressive Party of Working People Greek , Anorthotik Kmma Ergazmenou Lao AKEL Turkish Emeki Halk n lerici Partisi is a Marxist Leninist and communist political party in Cyprus. AKEL is one of the two major parties in Cyprus, and it supports an independent, demilitarized, and non aligned Trump s Record Breaking Shutdown Was Possible Only Because Ad Policy Pissed off federal workers played a big role in ending this impasse, but they didn t end the day shutdown that Senator Ted Cruz launched in a futile attempt to get Obama to delay priestonline,org Contact a priest working on line for Find a Priest online for help Priest online is for advice or guidance A Priest working online is a private place to talk and email to a Christian priest serving online. Great Hackers Paul Graham July This essay is derived from a talk at Oscon A few months ago I finished a new book, and in reviews I keep noticing words like provocative and controversial To say nothing of idiotic I didn t mean to make the book controversial. Working Families Making work work for all Latest News Stories New Research Parents penalised for working part time and grapple with long hours culture February Search begins for the UK s best employers for flexible and family friendly working January Contact Us Restless Development UK OFFICE th Floor, Lower Marsh London, SE RL email info restlessdevelopment Check our FAQ page for answers to our common questions Please note we will aim to reply to you within ten working days of receiving an email to this account. J.D Vance America s forgotten working class TED Talk TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript J.D Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front row seat to many of the social ills plaguing America a heroin epidemic, failing schools, families torn apart by divorce and sometimes violence In a searching talk that will echo throughout the country s working class towns, the author details what the loss of

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      • Studs Terkel

        Louis Studs Terkel was an American author, historian, actor, and broadcaster He received the Pulitzer Prize for General Non Fiction in 1985 for The Good War , and is best remembered for his oral histories of common Americans, and for hosting a long running radio show in Chicago Terkel was acclaimed for his efforts to preserve American oral history His 1985 book The Good War An Oral History of World War Two , which detailed ordinary peoples accounts of the country s involvement in World War II, won the Pulitzer Prize For Hard Times An Oral History of the Great Depression , Terkel assembled recollections of the Great Depression that spanned the socioeconomic spectrum, from Okies, through prison inmates, to the wealthy His 1974 book, Working also was highly acclaimed In 1995, he received the Chicago History Museum Making History Award for Distinction in Journalism and Communications In 1997, Terkel was elected a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters Two years later, he received the George Polk Career Award in 1999.


    1. like any studs terkel book, you start off like "wow, everyone has a story" and then 400 pages later you're like "jesus, EVERYONE has a story."

    2. Have you ever imagined what being a mustachioed New York cop in the 70s was like? Or how it feels to labour as a Springsteen-esque steelworker? How about as a stonemason? If you’ve ever idly wondered about any of these things, or about sundry other ways that people make a living, you can’t pass Working up. This book earns its big reputation. Working will transport you, not just into the working lives of others, but into a different, and in many ways alien, era- the United States of the 1960s [...]

    3. My shittiest jobs, in order:1) For one summer, at the Northeastern Illinois University library, I wrote tiny symbols on adhesive labels. Later I attached these labels to government documents. 2) Brown’s Chicken.3. Mrs. Field’s Cookies.I’ve often said that my primary motivation for attending college involved avoiding meaningless employment. I’m one of those people who grows near suicidal if I have to do rote tasks for the money necessary for food and shelter. I’m flat-out scared of a sh [...]

    4. They ask me if it’s true that when we bury somebody we dig ‘em out in four, five years and replace ‘em with another one. I tell ‘em no. When these people is buried, he’s buried here for life.—Elmer Ruiz, GravediggerIt is not really accurate to call Terkel the “author” of this book. The real authors are the 133 subjects of Terkel's interviews. Terkel serves as a stenographer and redactor, recording interviews and editing them into readable format. This is no mean feat, of course. [...]

    5. This book was to some degree a political gesture when it was written--a radical reassessment of which lives are worth documenting and which voices worth being heard--but it would be a shame to read it that way. What this book is is what life feels like during the hours you don't choose for yourself--as told by airline stewardesses, union bosses, factory workers, CEOs, car salesmen, whatever--and there's as much humanity in here as in any novel. It is also, incidentally, insanely useful source ma [...]

    6. Studs Terkel opens Working with one of the most stirring sentences I have read of late: "This book, being about work, is, by its very nature, about violence - to the spirit as well as to the body." And although Terkel's voice and narration are only present for the following 13 pages of the Introduction, giving way to 600 pages of the voices of others, the power of his intent resonates through to the back cover. Those remaining 600 pages are direct transcriptions from the stories told to Terkel b [...]

    7. 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 30-plus years ago.

    8. Short little 1/2-4 page interviews with people about their jobs. 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 70s), the mason, hotel operator, newspaper carrier. It's interesting esp because it also is a glimpse into 30 years ago but also just intersting for people to talk about their work. Not everyone's happy, not everyone's unhappy with their jobs but Stud Terkel does an admirab [...]

    9. Here's another one for my unfinished shelf, unfortunately. I've read about 250 pages, which is one-third of the way through, but with the end so far on the horizon, I'm ready to give up. Since the book is structured in individual interviews, can always pick up again some other time. It's not like it's a complete story, and I'm missing the ending.The interviewees are regular Americans talking about what they do for a living. Most of them are griping, which I can relate to, but that may be part of [...]

    10. I have an impractical desire to experience all the experiences. I could go on at great length about this, but Sylvia Plath says it best: “I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.”Thankfully, there are books like "Work [...]

    11. My father died recently, just short of his 94th birthday. His wife has been gradually divesting herself of his possessions, among them many books, several of them by Studs.Dad was a great fan of classical music and a bit of a leftist. In Chicago, that combination was best approximated by WFMT radio and its various magazines, within which Studs appeared regularly. A bit of a leftist himself, the McCarthy perseculations of the fifties threw him out of the networks and into the arms of "Chicago's f [...]

    12. A massive book, I'm so glad I was finally able to finish it. An excellent book, this is the third I've read by Studs Terkel - the others "Hard Times" and "The Good War" were equally great.We all go through life making assumptions about others. I guess it's natural to use shorthand and make judgements about people based on what they do. This book does more than anything else I know to turn those assumptions on their heads. Terkel talked to people from every walk of life - CEOs and high paid execu [...]

    13. I'm a fan of both Studs Terkel and of oral histories, so this book was a win-win for me. Terkel interviews people from all walks of life about the work that they do and how they feel about their occupations. And the interviews range from the humorous to the truly sad. It's apparent in these short oral histories that Terkel isn't making judgments about certain occupations. Instead, he seems genuinely interested in what people do and how they perceive their jobs. However, the fact that this book w [...]

    14. I've wanted to read this book for a long time. I don't know if Terkel was the first to publish everyman interviews about lives from all walks of life from hookers to priests to craftsmen to steelworkers to TV producers, but it certainly has been a reference text. It was fascinating, in great part because of the time-capsule aspect. Life and work have changed out of all recognition in the past 45 years; the secretarial skills I worked so hard to acquire in those days are worth precisely nothing o [...]

    15. I really enjoyed this book. I read it very slowly, bits at a time, all out of order. I purchased it the week I quit my job at the bookstore, with my employee discount, and got a slow start on it. As the months drifted by, and I started a new job that I enjoyed much more, I kept coming back, a few installments at a time. And then the last couple of weeks I've basically been walking around the apartment with it like a security blanket and I think it's become one of my favorite books.That would hor [...]

    16. Great concept and lots of good stories but ultimately too long and too many pointless stories.The last two stories (the Patrick brothers) were examples of the book’s high points. Each had interesting events to describe and their points of view were unique. The book flopped when people offered their dull and unsubstantiated theories on the various reasons why things happened the way they did. Also, there were many instances of people bemoaning the lack of work ethic in today’s youth. (The boo [...]

    17. Ah, at last a work which not just reminds me why I spent those years studying journalism, but actually inspires me to tap into that part of my brain again. I swore off journalism after Britney Spears's shaved head made the front page of a newspaper involving a thorough examination of the Sudanese holocaust and an interview w/ visiting survivors, and this is honestly the first time in about five years that I'm toying with some non-fiction projects. Thanks, Studs. I thought there was only one Stud [...]

    18. A stunning look at America in the 1970's. I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry at some of the depictions of these hard-working people. Mostly I just wanted to quit my job.It would be interesting to see what Americans would say to the same questions Studs posed in today's working world (although nobody could replace the way he asked them). I would suspect that fewer would complain about the toll work placed on their bodies (we probably could use a little more of that to tell the truth). But I im [...]

    19. I haven't made it halfway through this book yet but I can't put it down. What an extraordinary experience it is to read this. Despite the fact that this is slightly outdated now, forty years down after it was collected, it is still incredibly relevant for anyone who has to get up every morning (or evening) and go to work. I am struck by how often people say the newer generations are changing the workplace with their attitudes. It sounds like they are talking about the generation of today, when i [...]

    20. At turns illuminating and repetitive, two major themes emerge:1) "Those on the top only see shitheads. Those on the bottom only see assholes."(The relevant image won't let me link. Quite SFW.)2) Labor with no perceptible tangible outcome is inherently dehumanizing. Without a sense of ownership over a product's craftsmanship, the soul suffers terribly. Consequently, the product itself often does, too.

    21. Terkel was one of the only guys out there who could reliably restore my faith in the American people.R.I.P. Studs.

    22. A few months ago, I went through my wishlist and ordered a bunch of books that had languished there for many years. This was one of them.The premise of this book fascinated me -- talking to "regular folks" about how they felt about their jobs. And it did make for a fascinating read. But over 700 pages began to seem like overkill. Because I'm so OCD, I will never just stop reading a book in the middle, even one like this which really lends itself to being read in bits and pieces rather than cove [...]

    23. "We read to know we are not alone." -C.S. LewisI originally read "Working" haphazardly, looking for occupations or voices that interested me, but about a year ago I decided to read it cover-to-cover. Three things come to mind when I reflect on why it made such an impact on me:(1) It's served as a tool for personal reflection. "Working" has been the book on my nightstand for over a year: when I'm winding down after a long day, mulling over all the ways I've succeeded and failed, lived up to expec [...]

    24. Review Title: A long, strange trip back to a different world of work The world of work has changed so dramatically in the 40 plus years since Terkel interviewed this selection of men and women at work in the American workforce in 1972 that this seems like a historical document from another era. His ability to capture and let people talk in their own voices makes this documentary even more vital and valuable as the world and work of our parents and grandparents disappears.1. Work was work then. B [...]

    25. I tried really hard to like this book. But frankly it is far too long and should have been edited (read: compressed) more rigorously. Some of the accounts are fascinating but most are dull and repetitive. It honestly just felt like an indiscriminate catalogue of complaints. If the point was to evoke in the reader the same boredom that most of these people experience at their jobs then I guess Terkel succeeded, but somehow I doubt that's the case.

    26. I've had this on my list for ages, recommended by people I respect the most. I finally did it.What I knew I'd love: people reflecting on their work, and what it means (or doesn't mean) to them and why. What I didn't expect: the trapped-in-amber feeling from 1972. The Vietnam war, the labor movement, the youth backlash against the Company Man and the suburbs paired with the intensive search for meaning. The immediate practical aftermath of the civil rights movement and the beginning of the cynici [...]

    27. Do you hate your job? Guess what. Most people do! The author gets workers from waitresses and steel workers to dentists and ad executives to confess what's really in their souls and how they really feel about what they do to make a buck. The surprise is how universal many of the feelings we have about our jobs truly are. The book is a large volume of transcribed confessions of working people. Although this book came out in 1972, it feels surprisingly recent. The subject of the book is the way th [...]

    28. Cette édition est une adaptation graphique du célèbre "Working" (en français, "Gagner sa croûte") du journaliste américain Studs Terkel. Le projet de Working est, selon moi, des plus intéressants : le journaliste donne la parole aux individus, afin qu'ils évoquent leur travail, ce qu'ils y font, la place que ce travail a dans leurs vies, la manière dont ils le perçoivent, l'importance qu'ils lui donnent. Je n'ai pu mettre la main que sur l'adaptation dessinée, et j'ai pensé que c'ét [...]

    29. Love it so far! As someone who is "[f]unemployed" right now, the narratives in this book consistently make me think about my own work and educational experiences, and what I'd like my future to be. Another reason I love this book so far is that it makes me pay more attention to the interactions I have with workers, whether they are passing out flyers to boycott somebody, or making coffee, or delivering the mail. I also like that the definition of work is flexible -- is it just stuff you do to ma [...]

    30. Does it get better than Studs Terkel? No. It doesn't. Here's a man who created and sustained, all by himself, a particular non-fiction genre that had never been conceived of before. The long, almost unedited interview with the questions deleted. It permitted (and, yes, it's past tense because to my knowledge no one has seen fit to pick up the torch) the entry by the reader into the personal thoughts and values of the person interviewed to a degree otherwise impossible. Of course, I'm sure that M [...]

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