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“I buried two of the boys that were found under Gacy’s house. One, the funeral directors all got together. I had six funeral directors as pallbearers. There were no outsiders….I think there was thirteen or fourteen unclaimed bodies. The cemeteries donated the plot and the monument dealers donated a stone. The one I had went to Irving Park Cemetery and the stone read, ‘Only known by God alone.’” Studs Terkel—perhaps the best listener we’ll ever know—is listening again. Born the year the Titanic sank, he has spent decades crafting oral histories on all manner of subjects—work, race, World War II, the economy. The story about burying John Wayne Gacy’s victims came from funeral director William Herdegen and was taken down by Terkel for his latest book, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith. The book offers up deliberations on AIDS patients, wars, and discovering Christianity’s finer points through Jesus Christ Superstar. It’s fascinating and touching and not one ounce preachy. Kurt Vonnegut talks about being a prisoner of war in Dresden: “There’s no point in being scared—you’re just asking what kind of animal is a human being?” Rosalie Sorrels, a traveling folk singer, on dying: “I’ve never thought of death as unfriendly. I was raised on a farm by a family where, when someone died, we all took turns sitting with them till they finished doing it.” And there’s so much more. Terkel will tell all—and maybe share his own thoughts, too—at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. For reservations call (202) 364-1919. (Jason Cherkis)