Today's guest, Miles Harvey, had so many great things to say that we decided to skip our usual top-of-show bantering in order to bring you an extended interview.
Miles is the editor of a recently published oral-history collection, How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence, which the Chicago Tribune called “incredibly rich and compelling.” He wrote a play, also called How Long Will I Cry?, which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre last year. His previous work includes Painter in a Savage Land and The Island of Lost Maps, a national and international bestseller that USA Today named one of the ten best books of 2000. A former Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan, he teaches at creative writing at DePaul University.
Miles came by to read an excerpt from How Long Will I Cry? and to talk to us about about Studs Terkel's hearing aids, bugging people into trusting him, getting called out by his students, and the way that stories often find him. In Miles's words: