Maya Angelou on Con Men

“The only way you can be a mark is if you want something for nothing. If you’re greedy, you’re set up.”

The one and only Maya Angelou sat down with the interviewer-extraordinaire, Studs Terkel, in 1970–just a few months after I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings came out.

The conversation covered many of the rich stories about her upbringing that lie at the heart of her now iconic book. But she also talked about learning to count cards and getting an education from con men.