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Studs Terkel Wins Peace Prize

No, alas, not that Nobel one....yet. Turns out there's a growth trend in peace prizes, one of the more promising developments of our current dark age. Via the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago-based writer and oral historian Studs Terkel has been awarded the first Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an outgrowth of the Dayton Peace Prize that commemorates the 1995 agreement that ended the war in Bosnia.

Terkel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who's also worked in radio and television, is known for his ability to interview people and tell their stories.

His books include ``Working,'' in which Americans talk about their jobs; ``Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession;'' and ``Coming of Age,'' recollections of men and women 70 and older.[snip]

Terkel, 94, will receive a lifetime achievement award Nov. 5.

The Dayton Peace Prize commemorates the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords, which were negotiated at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Winners include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former President Clinton and Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

A Literary Peace Prize. Can't think of anything nicer than that, except for maybe, you know, some actual peace.

At 94, Studs is still working on that. Let us go forth and do the same.

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