* “Over the years his attention to the world he lives in has made him a one-man cross-reference.”
* “If you can truly ‘retire,’ you had a job, but not an occupation.”1
* “Studs has an interviewing technique I admire: He combines astonishment with curiosity. He can’t believe his ears. He repeats with enthusiasm what his subject just said, and the subject invariably continues and expands and wants to make his own story better.”
A great essay by Ebert on Studs Terkel. Read it.
1. This is a bit of a narrow view; there are obviously some truly wonderful occupations that age will eventually prevent you from doing. Nonetheless, it’s a good argument for sedentary occupations like writing, or for seeking ways to keep your hand in the game generally.