Studs Terkel, a genuine giant in the field of being human, has died at 96.
Garrison Keillor wrote about a visit to Terkel last July, and speculated that he wanted to make it to the election.
As he left Terkel’s home, Keillor says, Terkel offered this “benediction”:
Every night when the sun goes down
I say a blessing on this town:
“Whether we last the night or no,
Life has always been touch and go.
So stick with your modus operandi.
Ingenuity! Guile! Art! Good luck. Good bye.”