armchair cultural observation since 1995

Quotation: Studs the optimist

“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

Terkel, who was best known for his oral history of the Great Depression and his chronicles of the American Everyman, died Friday at the age of 96.

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