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>> c-span where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies. it is brought to you today by your cable or satellite provider. [inaudible conversations] good morning, everybody. it's great to have you here. thank you. i'm cochair of the board of american writers museum. it's my pleasure to welcome you and just get us started this morning. the american writers museum is a
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long overdue but. art is about capturing beauty and writing in my opinion is the way we capture the beauty of our emotions, our feelings, where we came from, we are and the american writers museum intends to provide that opportunity for people all across the nation. it's amazing that we haven't had this before but we do now. this is the place. come back. [applause] chicago, of course, has a rich literary tradition and we plan to see that continue to grow. not only do we want to honor our past authors but we want to engage current authors and more importantly, excite and encourage future authors that
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will bring their skills to this event. my pleasure to introduce some of our political friends who have been very important in bringing this museum and helping us encouraging us from the very beginning. tony is a president of cook county. more important for us is that she is a schoolteacher and she taught history, is an avid reader and someone who has been important to us in helping us and encouraging us to get started. tony, come and say a few words. [applause] >> good morning. much better, thank you. i'm glad to be here today at the opening of the american writers museum. the first national museum of this kind. we are honored to have with us the color was murphy of truman
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is my favorite books and i will tell you famously that i brought my well-worn copy for him to autograph. he was gracious enough to do it, thank you. the impact of writers is varied as the content of their work. sometimes it's a call to action, other times a much-needed escape. writers can show us new unexpected sides of our most famous leaders and expose us to figures we had never previously known. actually, mr. mcauliffe was telling me about the new book he is writing about the northwest territory and the person most responsible for american acquisition and somebody i had never heard of is the center of that famous event. as you heard i'm a history teacher by profession and i spent ten years it should come as no surprise to you that i spend a great deal of time reading and thinking about history. in the same vein, i'm a big believer and supporter of museums. i take my grandchildren to our
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cultural treasures as often as i can. museums are present day testaments to our history. they allow us to immerse ourselves in the past with our feet firmly planted in the modern-day. we can learn of past leaders with an eye on current events. we can discover new lands without us leaving chicago and we can revisit thinkers and writers have to learn new things in the process. i often say that democracy is the same time the best and the most fragile form of government on earth for the same reason. the best and the most fragile because it requires an active, engaged, informed citizenry. that's particularly true in this moment in time. while truman was one of my favorite books, david mccollough the american spirit began with words that ring true to me. history is a larger way of looking at life.
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it's a source of strength, of inspiration. it's about who we are and what we stand for and is essential to our understanding of what our role should be in our own times. our history, american history, is our definition as a people and a nation. it's a story like no other, our greatest treasure. from thomas jefferson and alexander hamilton, to toni morrison and michelle alexander, our democracy has been shaped by writers. writers capture our hopes and ideas and inspire new ones. they are critical to ensuring that active engaged citizenry of which i spoke. at the core is the fact that words matter, not just to writers but to readers. the written word can be a personal missive, unified
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treaty, pencil story or a shared truth. it's the past, present in the future. we need to remember those who have come before and celebrate those who stand among us and encourage future generations. that's what the american writers museum can and will do. i commend and congratulate all those involved in this tremendous accomplishment. you. [applause] alderman represents the 14th ward city and is chair of the six chicago committee but he's also a writer. ed started his career as a policeman and a number of years ago but together a book called the end of watch about the sacrifices of our policeman and the times when they've laid down their lives to protect us to make our city more engaging. he's a reader of many many varieties of works and has been
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an early supporter of the museum. ed, will you say a few words. [applause] >> thank you. thank you very much. i'm delighted to be able, hey, i'm a president. that's the teacher in her. she wants you to be interactive with the speaker. i was sharing with the mayor a few moments ago the fact that hill and i have something in common we were both in the same military unit. he was outranked me. i have to salute him whenever i see him. we also had another great chicago literary talent in our unit those days, jean was a member of our military unit. i'm especially pleased to join with all of you and welcome
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david mccollough who is a giant in american literature as the president pointed out, his book on truman is also one of my favorites. in 2006, i had the rare opportunity to share several days with david when he and my wife, and, where the recipients of honorary degrees at the college of the holy cross. he is an american treasure and one who continues to inspire generations of americans. the opening of the doors to the american writers museum this morning brings the opportunity to people here in chicago and across the country to witness a showcase of the nations past
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literary heritage. what better place of this quote of course then this chicago where a literary renaissance flourished on the prairies of the midwest over a century ago. chicago in that earlier. gave to the world of arts and letters, the collective voices of carl samberg, edna ferber, theodore dreiser, nelson aldrin, salt bello, wendelin brooks and so many other distinguished writers of prose and poetry who eloquently defined the city's role in view of the creative process that inspired the generation were to follow. if you have a chance, to stroll the galleries and preview some of the exhibits that will most certainly fire the imagination
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of young people, who among them will become the next gwendolyn brooks or. [inaudible] the american writers museum is given chicago a wonderful new cultural venue one that will endure for many, many years to come. i'm pleased to note that it is expected that more than a hundred 20000 people savoring the chicago experience will pass through the museum stores each year. regional tourism to the great museum of chicago is vital to the future of chicago, as mayor emmanuel will test. the mayor's reserve time from his busy schedule this morning to engage with us in the celebration of the printed word and the makers of prose, verse, lyrics with legacy to museum we
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will honor. this morning i had the pleasure to introduce mayor emmanuel himself a patron of the arts who is a voracious reader. in fact, he and i exchanged books, not the least of which was the book that i recently shared with him which i recommend to all of you, the short and tragic life of robert piece. his tireless commitment to making chicago a safe and beautiful and welcoming metropolis is something that we should all admire. the challenges confronting the mayor today are perhaps as great as those chicago concord in the years of the great depression. in his public life, one might
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observe that he can gain inspiration from the words of another great author and philosopher, rabbi hello. who said if i am not myself, who will be for me? if i am not for others, what am i? and if not now, when? please join me in welcoming the 55th mayor of the great city of chicago, the honorable emmanuel. [applause] >> thank you chairman burke. i would also say one other book that was influential was dreamland that i also then shared with president obama which is about the opioid crisis and the heroin crisis. it's influential book. i am way behind on my reading
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for german book, i'd like you to know. that's because, i also have money i owe to the library. i'm behind on that as well. i was telling him i'm reading a book called the great war and modern memory which i recommend to all of you. it's a tremendous book about events and how they influence writing and literature later on and it's appropriate to what president he'll talked about. it's an honor to to be here with david mccollough and it's hard to watch channel 11 without hearing his voice. so much of what he has done and i was talking about the wright brothers and i love that book which i've assigned now because in our house we have summer reading list. i assign it to my daughters about to go off to college who just rolled her eyes at me. let me also, if i can, before i start, introduced brian bannon who is the head of the chicago
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public library that is here. come back. [applause] ryan leaves our libraries and for all of you who don't know, were ranked number one in the united states of america is the best neighborhood libraries. [applause] i daresay for this museum to be successful we have to ensure that we have kids reading at all times and learning at all times. and to engage them in a way that they have to be engaged to continue, not just in the written word but to see, hear, and experience it. to imagine the past and to imagine themselves in the future in that way. brian does a tremendous job in doing that with the libraries. if you want to add this is the 65th museum to the chicago cultural landscape. telling example. a number of the museums but this is the 65th museum in the city of chicago and this is a milestone for the city as a
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cultural destination. a city that chairman book noted has carl samberg, gwendolyn brooks, shell silverstein, scott thoreau, these are the people that took chicago and brought chicago to the world. now, with this museum, we bring the world to chicago. i think it's a telling time to have reached this milestone of compass meant for our city in this incredible enrichment. i think, i will say, from the first time we met literally in the spring of 2013, it's been out for years of an effort private-sector effort to get to this point and to have this enrichment that will go for generations and decades and serve as a magnet to bring people from around the globe when they come to this great city to see a museum that not only connects us to cultures and continents but it teaches us about compassion and conflict.
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i think this museum will serve all of us with a respite to come and think and will hear from a number of students that were looking at some of the writers which is why we were late. i made them late. i apologize. we were looking at a piece one of the folders, when you turn it over is from the birmingham jails by doctor king and i was sharing with the kids that on our passover services every year we read a different section of that letter which is the most magnificent pieces of literature and philosophy written in english language, let alone american. in speaking of that letter, i'd now like to read from a letter from president barack obama on the opening of this great museum. i wish i could be you all in person for the opening of the
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american writers museum in chicago. writing is hard and i've tried my share but it can be a solitary, even lonely pursuit one that comes with no small measure of self-doubt. it is also a wonderfully democratic pastime that allows anybody, regardless of their station in life, to share their ideas with the world. america is blessed to have a rich, colorful heritage of writers and wordsmiths. from critics and novelists to poets and songwriters who dove headlong to broaden our horizons, openness to new experiences and push us to reimagine the world as it could be. whether capturing moral dilemmas or chronicling our greatest achievements, works of american fiction and nonfiction alike have helped shape our understanding of ourselves and each other. at their best, taught us
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indispensable lessons in kindness and humility, tolerance and respect. this written world is our window to a wider world and by endeavoring to enshrine the works of individuals who will cross our history has proven to be instrumental in steering the present, preserving the past, and shaping the future, the american writers museum will help make sure that some of the worlds latest writing remains alive and accessible for generations to come. michelle and i send you our gratitude and our very best for all the years ahead. thank you. [applause] thank you mayor. i think there's a book inside you that will burst forward in one of these years. i look forward to being an earlier order on amazon.
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i hope you pay your internet fee then. [laughter] >> it will be on kindle for 999. another former president has been an early supporter of hours and his wife were george and laura bush. he has also sent us a letter that i like to read to you. greetings to you gathered in chicago and illinois for the opening of the museum. reading is one of my favorite pastimes and i read often, i read widely and i encourage others to do the same. great american authors have made my pursuit of reading interesting and lightning and even entertaining. thank you for creating a place to celebrate american writers and honor their contributions to our society. many writers record our history, all writers add to our history and i'm grateful for people all across the country that can come here to learn about the works of these fine men and women.
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in so doing, i hope the visitors will be inspired to be authors of their own short stories. , books, plays, poetry and speeches. laura and i are grateful to carrie cranston, the staff, the board of directors, advisory council of the american writers museum and for all you have done to make this unique place of study and learning our reality. we send our congratulations and best wishes on this special occasion. [applause] now, let me introduce carrie cranston, our president. [applause] thank you all for coming today. we are thrilled and excited to be here. one of the things that's been mentioned already and is incredibly important to us as an institution is the idea of inspiring the future. so, today we have two students with us from the program 86 and the students have come to read to us so that we can listen to the poetry of the future and i
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want to first introduce one of the students, cynthia osorio. would you come up? [applause] well, my poem is inspired by martin luther king jr. it's called my life close up. martin luther king jr. sadness, depression his face talks words, his racked eyebrows, everything that comes to mind vanishes. don't know what to do. my mind is closing, the days are getting darker but still nothing. i think and think but i've gone nowhere. think, think, i say but still no answer. it seems i'm talking to the wall. bullets crossing my test. i feel the pain but i will fight for you, for what you want.
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my mind is closing, my heart is stopping, little by little i leave this world. [applause] >> thank you, cynthia. next i would like to introduce him on justice. [applause] >> out read my piece called scary. i give you permission. so long as i can have the pleasure of pulling apart your street mozzarella sticks. i prefer not to have you in my weekend lymph room temperature state but i will still nurture you and pull you apart care.
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i will tentatively bite into the waxy scan of your round, full, prefigure all race temporarily forgiving it's edible. i will resign myself to amazement every time i discover your simultaneous sweet and salty character. i will drink your calcium rich nectar known as milk by common folk. hoping to find my strength in its nutritional value. you only have one serious flaw in that i think you're well aware of. use it in the hands of jamie lee curtis, telling the world how good you are for the digestive system. or let bobby flay get you to the greek and use you as a substitute in cooking. no, i see right through your tartness and tank and i almost hate you for letting yourself go to your form. you're better than that. don't let the world manipulate you. you're coached enough with that bacterial fermentation. zero, jerry, he always took me into thinking your good for me. i always end up sick and gassy in the end. but you're always worth it. [applause]
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again, thank you very much, girls. we appreciate the notions that you're going to continue on and that's what this museum is about. now, we will introduce to writers and i'm going to ask for the cochair of the board, roberto to come up and introduce them both. take you. [applause] >> so glad to see everybody here. i have the privilege of introducing stuart a chicago writer that were all so proud of and he's just starting his career and going forward. he's a poet, fiction writer, born in 1942 and raised on the south side of chicago. he attended loyola interest in chicago and the iowa writers workshop. his collection of poetry include grass knuckles, streets in their own inc. his works of fiction include the short story collection,
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childhood and other neighborhood, 1980. and the coast of chicago, 1990. and the novel in stories, i sailed with magellan, 2003. they have prompted critics to rank him with such american literary giants as ernest hemingway and sherwood anderson. his work is firmly located in the city of pittsburgh, both of his stories and poems unfold in the working class neighborhoods of the slavic and mexican neighborhoods. areas bounded by the freeways, cement rivers and veiled lines of the city of big shoulders. his poems and fiction both feature a kind of shifting realism. one in which dreams and the imagination are just as present as the gritty details of urban life.
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his work moved easily between the gritty reality of urban decay noted john breslin in the washington post and a magical realism of lyricism and transcendence linked to music, art and religion. let us welcome stuart tieback. [applause] >> last time i was here was many, many years ago. i worked here with an advertising agency. one of the first jobs i had after college. i was a junior copywriter, the days of mad men. we really did have three martini lunches. i noticed the pack of sophie's
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choice that had been behind my decision in sophie's choice the narrator decides he'll get a job working for an editorial house, not an advertising. so that he can sit at his desk and pretend he's doing his job but trying to write a novel. this didn't work out to three martini lunches. we hatched things in advertising in this very building that went along the lines for international harvester we stand behind every product we make accept our menu or spreader. [laughter] growing up in chicago the closest thing i had to museum
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was a deck of cards. i don't know if you are familiar with those but it was the kind of first introduction to authors and who they were, the men all had crazy eyes and a lot of facial hair and there weren't very many women. it's incredible to have this museum. it's a tremendous resource, it's really going to be used in chicago. i have no way of researching and i'm tremendously curious if it's true that one of the things chicago can be enormously proud of is that it has many, many classes in different high schools, not just in the city proper but in chicago land, into chicago literature. i don't know if there are classes in st. louis and st. louis literature and philadelphia and philadelphia literature. there certainly should be but chicago is rich in that.
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when you're a kid in the city and i was delighted to see 826 and the readings because this is what it is all about. passing on a cultural tradition. if you're a kid in the city, taught right in the schools are these classes with all the writers that have been named, gwendolyn brooks, studs terkel, you learn that one of the salient features of chicago writers, one of the testing wishing features is that we call them chicago writers as if they're all writing about this huge entity, chicago. if you actually examine their work, they are neighborhood writers. titles are a street in bronzeville, a house on mango street, federal south side neighborhood, each neighborhood is a kind of port of entry
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neighborhood as if there is little ellis island all around the city. if you cross this boundary and that boundary. you have these access for young people, for kids and they come to understand that the topicality and particular experience that is theirs can have these major themes in it. they can't help but have them, if you grew up on the south side of chicago with themes in your life are democracy, the american dream, race, minority culture et cetera. it's a great tradition and it's great to have us here in the city. it will be used, it'll be an enormous resource and hopefully it will also spread through the united states this notion that you have this kind of local cultural -- something that
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passes on the culture. i want to end by saying that i love the fact that it's called a writers museum. what writer wouldn't? but for me, the unique quality that was referred to as a monkish -- this is all about community. a writers relationship is between a computer screen and a piece of paper and a room. it's an incredibly isolate experience. it only becomes community when you have a publishing industry and institutions like this. the other fact, which is contradictory about writing, is that of all the arts, because it is the only are the deals with obstruction language it has a unique relationship, not with the viewer, not with a passive viewer but with something incredibly active.
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the only thing as active is somebody dancing to music and that's the art of reading. this is a museum for the reader. who wants to be interactive for a genre, for an art medium that is already, by its very nature, interactive. you cannot have writing without the emerging of the imagination. that is what a book in writing is about. i am delighted that it's called the writers museum but in my heart i know it's about to mac great arts. the great art of writing and the great art of reading. [applause] i am here to be one of the many introductions for ava mccollough. first, i want to correct hill.
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there is a book that i sold as a bookseller of the mayors. i brought it with me. he has written his first book. so, thank you. well, i want to start by saying may 15th. this day has finally arrived. we are here for the ribbon-cutting celebration of the american writers museum. stuart, you put it very well. writers and readers. our founder had a vision of opening a writers museum to honor american authors, poets and many other disciplines of writing. way back in 2011, one of his copartners learner to find wrote a letter to david mccollough and asked him for his hearty endorsement. david roback shortly after that themuseum is a grand and highly
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where the idea and i'm all for it. the importance of art novelists, poets, dramatists and writers from all parts of the country, every kind of background has been a part of the american story for more than 300 years. think of what we owe them and how much we continue to learn from them. so, who is more fitting to be our guest of honor today then david mccollough. david has been a favorite of mine as i hear of everyone and all of you, i'm sure, he is one of our great american historia historians. he has written best-selling books about many of our american presidents, among them john adams, 1776, mornings on horseback, teddy roosevelt and truman. his book in 2011, the greater journey is about americans in paris stories about some of the
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ventures american writers and artists and politicians among others. i recently chanced upon a beautiful book called the house tells the story: homes of the american presidents published by a boston publisher a collaboration between artists, adam van doren and david mccollough. it's amazing. david mccollough is a two time winner of a pulitzer prize as well as a two winner of a national book award. and he has received the presidential medal of freedom. our nation's highest civilian award. on a much lesser note he has been a favorite in my bookstore, in winnetka illinois. in 1992, and we were talking
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about this earlier he remembers, on his way back from a trip to independence, missouri, to visit the truman home david and his wife, rosalie, stopped by the store for a store signing of his new book, truman. in david's words, the truman house is far distant in missouri and far different. it is quite another kind of setting just as harry truman was another quite kind of american. needless to say, we sold a lot of books that day. i will always cherish my memories of hosting david mccollough. not only in the store but in many book venues in the chicago area. let us all welcome him today to the most special of them all, the american writers museum. we did it. [applause]
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thank you. very much. thank you all. let's all be very grateful that we live in this marvelous country and the things of emblematic importance are still happening all over the country. we are a good people and we are doing good work. i travel up and down the country time and again and i've been in every state many times and i know that so much that is going on is positive and important and that doesn't get much attention. we should know more about it than we do. we are a nation of ideas and have been all along. no computer, as far as i know, has ever yet had an idea.
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we are also a nation of immigrants, all of us. we should always take heart from that. i took heart instantly from an immigrant i met who had an idea. he had an idea to create a writers museum and i was fascinated by everything he had to say. it encouraged him to keep talking because i loved his irish accent. [applause] batman is a jewel. he made this happen with a lot of help of course.
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the giant mural in the children's room alone is worth the trip to chicago, just to see that. [applause] and that wonderful interlude with the palm trees of hawaii in the celebration of the poet. it's imaginative, it's ingenious, it's captivating.
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i am hopeless when it comes to the modern electronic devices that we all live by and depend on. i used to write on a royal manual typewriter one of which is on display here and i was thrilled to see that. we who write as is everyone, we are all quite different about it there is no one way to write a book. there's no one way to go about creating a drama on this stage and it's always hard work, much harder work than most people realize but then we know very little about how hard most jobs are what they involved. one of my favorite moments in all of the films i have ever seen is in the movie harvey where jimmy stewart is going from an insane asylum to be
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released at the locked gate and there's a little old fellow there who operates the gate and he stops and asks him about how he does it and how we learn to do it and the whole drum of that man's world suddenly becomes important because we understand his story, who he is and that's what the best of writing does whether it's fiction, nonfiction or poetry. takes us into the life and experience of individuals. i was a junior and i thought i wanted to be a writer. i was an english major and we had to write a major piece or a thesis on some writer and i had not only chose my writer but i did the very right thing up spending my spring vacation on campus doing research on the
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writer. it was wonderful. there was no one around. i had the library virtually to myself that i had the help of staff on everything and i realized this is great way to spend your time. i love this. maybe i might do something like this. my subject was richard ride from chicago and i know that that's where it began so i began with the spirit of chicago and the possibilities that chicago has always representative i think the choice of the city in which to locate this wonderful new museum couldn't be better and i say that as an ardent someone who loves new york and chicago, couldn't be better. there's something so american
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about this part of the country and so many years writing about the wright brothers and another project that i'm working on now. i realize that you have qualities in this part of our country that you don't find so conspicuously on display everywhere else. do you remember of modesty? you don't get too big for your britches or your mother might wash your mouth out with soap if you use bad language. those fundamental rules of good behavior are real and viable. we must never lose them just as we must never lose the sense of who we are and why we are the way we are. i think that what happens in this museum, it certainly happened to me is it is a huge
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reminder of your own story. i was looking at the display of all the different faces of so many writers. i don't know how many there are. it suddenly struck me as i looked at those that i liked the most evolved and affected me the most, how many of them were women and that's true when i started thinking about equality for women take a look at the great female authors and poets in our history. i think o'connor is someone i keep going back to over and over again. it's a major major event in our story of people. i feel the same way about so many others. my god, not just a fantastic writer but fantastic intellect
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and one of the points that comes across when you are writing an reading what people have written is the importance of thinking. people ask me how much of my time do i spend writing and how much time do i spend reading and no one asked how much time do i spend thinking? [laughter] one of my favorite moments in my work with john adams reading through his diaries coming to a point several times. imagine the only entry was at home thinking. imagine if we had people in public life who could honestly writes that as their entry for the day. i also feel very strongly that if you are researching or trying to understand people of our past male, female whatever, it's
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important to read what they read as to read what they wrote because nary you find the essence of attitude, outlook, anger, heartbreak, whatever it is. one of adam's most charming of all letters that he wrote to his children was written to his son john quincy who was doing everything just right in his studies in the netherlands. the father wrote and said you've got to read more than just what they are assigning you at the university. he said you'll never be alone with a poet in your pocket. carry the poet with you. a wonderful, wonderful line. and how powerful is the work of these people that are representative here wax and all
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of that work is still as alive as the day they wrote it and that life can come back to us and come back to our children. i can imagine any young person coming into this library without going away inspired having their imaginations opened up a and their sense of possibilities enlarged appreciably. just this spring at two major museums opened. the other just opened in philadelphia the museum of the american revolution. spectacular museum and then this one. that's all right, thank you. it must be all the ideas in the
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air. [applause] to have those two museums, landmarks and two great cities open now not in the 19th century but now is prime evidence that we are still alive to the importance of understanding a culture of our past story. we are stories. that's what history has, stories. i don't consider myself though i understand why people label me as a historian, i never majored in history. i have no ph.d. in history. i am a writer only i write about as best i can find out and of
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course you can't find out everything. but i know for certain my approach to how i work derives from the approach of many of the writers that i most admire and particularly thornton wilder who i am glad to see us up on the scoreboard there. and his play, our town, where he took people who were nobody and turned them into a wonderful historian, very revealing, very aspiring story and a great american story and that can be true of real people no less than it can be true of a creative mind. read, read, read. that's the message. [applause]
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and don't let anybody ever tell you no matter how important they may think they are that books don't matter. books do matter. books need to be promoted and encouraged and the younger the better. that's one of the reasons i love this museum. [applause] i'm tired and bored with in my bag sitting and sitting here day after day. i hate it and i'd much rather play. horton hatches the ag, right? indelible. [laughter] congratulations to all of you who have done so much to make this happen. you have done something not just important for your city, for chicago or for our country and
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may they come from every part of the country to soak up the intellectual artistic cultural energy of this great city and you can take a lot of credit for it for the rest of your lives. he made it happen. [applause] >> mr. mocoa and thank you everyone who has been here. this point would like to bring up the river in which we will ask our panel to help us cut. give us one second.
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[applause] [applause] >> we are now done except i just want to introduce malcolm's book. [applause] [applause]
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>> we did it. [applause] scene i thank you all. we have some mimosas. please stay look at the exhibits. tell your friends and come back and spend time with us. thank you. [applause] [inaudible conversations] after testifying before congress and making front-page news with the sunnyside case grace returned to new york and one threw herself into the strange and unusual case that somehow always find their ways to her
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desperate she fought against the same doctor who tormented the famous reporter nellie bly when she went undercover at an insane asylum and was marked for death by the sinister black hand. the italian crime organization use secret codes in mystical rituals. eventually one of grace's rich society friend mrs. felix adler called to tell her that the girl had gone missing in new york and begged her to meet with the father of a girl one mr. henry kruger. by the time grace agreed to take the case ruth krueger's photo appeared in newspapers all over the country. her image even flickered in front of the movie theater audiences. the press drawn to the story ever. sunday schoolteacher who had vanished openly suspected white slavery, foul play and romantic entanglement, sometimes all the same story. juicy clues were flooding they detect the precincts but none of
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them panned out. but grace took a different approach to the case. she locked herself in her office for a week to study every scrap of paper related to it. grace had been trained as a lawyer but her inability to trust the police or even the law itself had over the last few years turned her into more of a detective. ..
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>> grace wanted to see it herself. this is how grace ended up standing in the middle of manhattan and starring up in june of 1970, grace craned her next and took in the windows that ran 10 feet high across the state. gram crackers as big as long as
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the streets itself and the approaching shops. marie coach had been left behind and he had two small children, maria claimed to have no knowledge of where her husband was, are refused any further searching of the premises. as grace moved from desk to death and steady buildings trying to gain interest to stores and limited to what they see from the outside. on the outside to the left and narrow street served as a
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separate entrance. grace walked near the stairs. grace new like it it or not that all of her misgivings about her past. why was coach missing? because he had taken the girl? because he had been spirited away by the same things that are taken root or was he terrified of being flamed all the way down to brazil. there were roomers coachy had been friendly with the motorcycle cops in his neighbor. grace new those questions might be the most dangerous ones.
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but they had to be asked. grace paused, considering the optioni options of play, intersecting the cities and struggling to connect the new boroughs in the one new hole. that version of the truth seemed remote but still grace went back to her office thinking through the heat, trying to come up with a plan. she called her good friend, the private detective julius crone who was a federal agent and first assigned to grace during her u.s. district attorney days. grace, one of things i found out was she was the first u.s. district attorney. this is a major historical point and you have to look really, really really hard to find it
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