Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins is a syndicated political columnist.

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Living with Death

Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith By Studs Terkel. New Press, 407 pages, $25.95 S tuds Terkel, that national treasure, has provided us another gift in Will the Circle Be Unbroken? As Studs says (to the best of my knowledge, no one has ever called him "Mr. Terkel"), when you're going on 89, death is something you think about a lot. But this is the book that he thought he'd never produce: "It was too big for me; too abstract. It was more in the domain of the metaphysician or the minister," he writes. "My works had been concerned with life and its uncertainties rather than death and its indubitable certainty." Studs Terkel writes books by letting other people talk. It is his special genius to mine gold from "ordinary" people. In an age besotted with celebrity, Studs listens to the "common man"; like Whitman, he hears America singing and celebrates the song. Since ordinary people are so frequently possessed of rich life experiences and...