Tag Archives: Oral History

Notes on The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 (2019) by Garrett M. Graff

If there were any doubts about the high regard with which Former First Lady Michelle Obama is held by the American public, her 2018 memoir Becoming surely put them to rest: the book sold more copies in the U.S. than … Continue reading

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“A (Premature?) Postmortem of Revolution by Way of Oral History”

I’ve written a review of Mitchell Abidor’s 2018 book May Made Me: An Oral History of the 1968 Uprising in France (AK Press) for H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online’s H-Socialisms network. Here’s the opening bit: For a long time … Continue reading

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SHOW AND TELL: Rithy Panh’s Graves Without a Name (2018)

“SHOW AND TELL” SERIES INTRODUCTION: As Michael Frisch astutely observes in A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and Public History (2002): “Oral history has been very much at the methodological center of a wave of … Continue reading

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Notes on Tibetan Resettlement Stories: Voices of Boston (2019)

Knowing about my past work in Buddhist studies, and current work on oral history, one of my students very thoughtfully loaned me a book: Tibetan Resettlement Stories: Voices of Boston (2019), an oral history assembled by members of the eponymous … Continue reading

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Notes on The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests (2016) by Chris Smith

Just a couple of issues ago, in the pages of the Oral History Review, Troy Reeves offered an exacting appraisal of Chris Smith’s New York Times bestseller The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, … Continue reading

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My Post about the Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project for the Oral History Review Blog

I am incredibly honored and excited to be able to share the news that I have written a blog post about my M.F.A. thesis, the Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project, at the invitation of the Oral History Review — “the … Continue reading

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Notes on Notes from the Field (2019) by Anna Deavere Smith

I started blogging about oral history as a mode within the documentary arts not just to “teach” about this kind of work, but also to educate myself; though I’m already actively working in this mode, there’s still a lot that … Continue reading

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Notes on The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II (1985) by Svetlana Alexievich

Last week, Sara Danius, the first woman to serve as Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy — the “independent cultural institution” which has, since 1901, been responsible for choosing each year’s laureate for the Nobel Prize in Literature — passed … Continue reading

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Notes on “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II (1984) by Studs Terkel

“The ordinary person feels not only as good a being as I am; rather he feels somewhat superior. The average American has an indigenous intelligence, a native wit. It’s only a question of piquing that intelligence.” – Studs Terkel As … Continue reading

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Finding My Thing

“I often reflect upon what it means to identify as an oral historian. What makes each one of us an oral historian…? Are we oral historians only if the interviews we conduct are transcribed, indexed and deposited into a traditional … Continue reading

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