Friday, October 31, 2008

so long stud

revolutionary author, studs terkel, passed away today. i have always loved him for his hopeful attitude and his courage to ask questions that no one else would when it came to race, class, and gender. one of my favorite excerpts from his groundbreaking book, "working" can be found in a post i wrote here a year ago. for now, i'll leave you with one of my favorite studs quotes:

"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."

i'll miss you, man. and i will keep the hope alive.

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