Feb. 11th, 2009
My f-list knows that I really, really like and respect the brain who is called Garrison Keillor. The man is funny. He is a good writer. He is tremendous showman. I don't know how he does it really. He has a weekly 2-hour radio show (A Prairie Home Companion) that I believe is on for 39 weeks every year. There are two performances, a "rehearsal" show on Friday and the real McCoy on Saturday.) He takes off Sundays. (I guess he has to be with his family sometimes.) He performs solo shows 3 to 5 days of the week. While he does his performances, he also writes a weekly column, a novel, introductions to other people's book, reviews of other people's book, and the scripts for his radio show. During the summer, he has a 17-day show called the Rhubarb Tour. The Rhubarb Tour is really like his weekly radio show, except that it is not aired and is performed at state fairs. How does he do it? You can't but admire a person who can do that. And, if you are lucky enough to see him perform any of his shows, be his solo show, Rhubarb Tour, or weekly radio show, you discover that he stays after the performance to shake your hand, talk to you a bit, and, if you request, he will autograph anything (does not have to be his latest book) that you give him to sign. (Askkatje0711 , she witnessed his polite behavior with his fans last September 29, 2008, when she saw him with me in one of his solo performance at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.)
Where am I going with this? I am trying to tell you that I like him. I listen to all his shows, I read most everything he writes, and try to see him live, as well. Moreover, I like his essays. But right now, I wish he'd stop writing so many politically based essays. It's getting a bit boring. The man is a Liberal (so am I—he is not offending me with his views), was very upset with the past administration (I was also), and is now head over heels with the new administration (ditto for me). I feel, however, that it is now time for him to write about something else. I'd love to read his take on life and not politics, or at least, not as often as he is doing lately. Now, I get off my soapbox. I appreciate this man's wit, and I am sharing it with you. Here's a mildly politically based, but funny essay.