Thursday, March 22, 2012

"My Suffolk Downs" by Melissa Shook















What a surprise to find, by chance, a radio interview with my friend, photographer and writer, Melissa Shook about her new book, My Suffolk Downs, in which we hear the voices of workers on the backside of the track. This morning I wasn't able to bring up WCRB on the net--I listen to music as I doggedly do my exercises--so switched to Boston's WBUR, and there was the interview, recorded at Suffolk Downs, and a slide show of photos in Melissa's book. Melissa's voice here in the South Beach condo! A friend on the radio! So far, so close. Soon I'll be back in Boston and she and I will be chatting about this and that over tea and coffee--tea for me, coffee for her.

I hope you listen to the interview, look at the photos, and learn more about The Eighth Pole, a facility at the track that provides health care and social services for the backside workers. All proceeds from the sale of Melissa's book will go to The Eighth Pole.



8 comments:

  1. What luck. To find this here, Miriam. I follow Melissa's activities when I can. What a brave and talented woman. Thanks.

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  2. Yes, what luck to find this here, Miriam! And how wonderful to hear Melissa's voice in my New Zealand studio. She is a remarkable woman.

    Mim, you say you are returning to Boston soon? I am going to be there again in April - - - might we connect up this time? Both Melissa-s (S & G) know I'm coming. I would so love to meet you.

    Thanks for your recent visits to my blog, too. xo

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  3. Hello, Elizabeth. I'm glad you tuned in.

    Claire, when will you be in Boston? I'll be back April 17 and would love to see you!

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  4. Hello, Mim - I'm to catch a bus (or train, not sure which yet) from Boston to NYC on the morning of 18 April. . . do you know what time you get back from Florida on 17th? It sounds as though 'something' just might be possible. . . joy!

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  5. oh, Mim, it was so delightful to hear from you .............. I'll be so happy to see you...xxo

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  7. The pictures are indeed worth an award. Impressed.

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