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Talk to Me
Travels in Media and Politics
Written by Anna Deavere Smith

Talk to Me
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Category: Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs; Political Science
Imprint: Anchor
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: October 2001
Price: $17.00
Can. Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72174-5 (0-385-72174-9)
Pages: 320
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Believing that character and language are inextricably bound, Smith sets out to discern the essence of America by listening to its people and trying to capture its politics. To that end she travels to some of America's most conspicuous places, like the presidential conventions of 1996, and some of its darkest corners, like a women's prison in Maryland. And along the way she interviews everyone from janitors to murderers to Bill Clinton himself. Memoir, social commentary, meditation on language, this book is as vastly ambitious as it is compellingly unique.

"What Smith does with these interviews shows a kind of brilliance that goes straight to the heart."—Los Angeles Times

"Succeeds in teaching one crucial lesson: those who truly listen, truly hear."—The New York Times Book Review

"[A] fascinating, hall-of-mirrors meditation."—San Francisco Chronicle

"[A] book as fascinating for its content as it is beautiful for its poetic form."—Denver Rocky Mountain News

"[This book] succeeds in teaching one crucial lesson: those who truly listen, truly hear."—The New York Times Book Review



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Anna Deavere Smith is an actor, a teacher, a playwright, and the creator of an acclaimed series of one-woman plays based on her interviews with diverse voices from communities in crisis. She has won two Obie Awards, two Tony nominations for her play Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, and a MacArthur Fellowship. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play Fires in the Mirror. She has had roles in the films Philadelphia, An American President, The Human Stain, and Rent, and she has worked in television on The Practice, Presidio Med, and The West Wing. The founder and director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, she teaches at New York University and lives in New York City.





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