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November 15, 2007

Touch and Go

My sense is that the title of Studs Terkel's new book counts as fair advertising, because Touch and Go really does sum up his approach to memoir. He passes over things quickly, then moves right along.

As Chris Hayes writes at The Barnes and Noble Review, you get the pleasure of his company, but the result, as autobiography goes, is "alternately frustrating and fascinating."

I agree entirely, and made some effort to sound out what is lacking from the book in this essay.

Posted by smclemee at November 15, 2007 12:03 PM