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Talk to me : listening between the lines

Author: Anna Deavere Smith
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2000]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In Talk to Me, Smith looks back at a singular career as a seeker and interpreter of language in America, revealing the methodology behind her extraordinary search for the truth and nuances of verbal communication. For thirty years, the defining thesis of Smith's work has been that how we speak is just as important in communicating truth and identity as what we say. Everything from individual vocal tone to grammar,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Smith, Anna Deavere.
Talk to me.
New York : Random House, ©2000
(OCoLC)606459738
Online version:
Smith, Anna Deavere.
Talk to me.
New York : Random House, ©2000
(OCoLC)631720778
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Deavere Smith
ISBN: 0375501509 9780375501500 9780965017831 0965017834
OCLC Number: 44613006
Awards: Short-listed for Literary Award (First Nonfiction) 2001
Description: xiv, 300 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Wild Waves and Bonfires --
Washington, D.C. --
Culture Shock --
A Trochee in the Second Beat --
The Three Questions --
Talking to Jesus --
Segregation --
Garrison Junior High School, Baltimore, Maryland, 1961 --
The East Coast Corridor --
Theater and Politics --
Orientation: Dinners and Lunches --
A Briefing --
Locked Up --
The Power of Muteness --
Grandpop's Nigger --
Slaves on P Street --
Creating Fictions --
Metaphor's Funeral --
Policing --
Swinging --
Theater History --
Performing for the President --
Culture Wars and Domestic Beatings --
"That's Not My Job" --
Talking to the President --
The Death Drive: It's the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and Tom DeLay Is Pouring --
Everybody's Talking --
A Medley --
Epilogue: Playing Clinton.
Responsibility: Anna Deavere Smith.
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"In Talk to Me, Smith looks back at a singular career as a seeker and interpreter of language in America, revealing the methodology behind her extraordinary search for the truth and nuances of verbal communication. For thirty years, the defining thesis of Smith's work has been that how we speak is just as important in communicating truth and identity as what we say. Everything from individual vocal tone to grammar, Smith demonstrates, can be as identifiable and revealing as a fingerprint. Her journey has taken her from the rarefied bastions of academia to riot-torn streets; she has conducted hundreds of interviews with subjects-ranging from women prisoners to presidents of the United States. In 1995, her ongoing investigation led her to Washington, D.C."--Jacket.

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