Tag Archives: Garrison Keillor

The New Age of Crassness

Garrison Keillor is an old guy now – because seventy-five really is old – and he’s out of work too. In November 2017, Minnesota Public Radio cut all business ties with him after an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a … Continue reading

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Making Do When Things Are Worse Than Ever

Yes, a Masters from Duke University in Eighteenth Century British Literature, and the PhD work, are pretty useless – at least they were in the mid-seventies. That led to a Dead Poet’s Society gig at a northeastern prep school, but … Continue reading

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Calling the Professional Organization of English Majors

Garrison Keillor likes to poke gentle and oddly generous fun at all sorts of things – dour Lutherans and film noir detectives, in the Adventures of Guy Noir – as he has a fondness for useless and clueless but good … Continue reading

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The Prospect of Perfect Harmony Is Not Good At the Present Time

Well, that’s done, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Associated Press headline says so – It’s the Law of the Land: Health Overhaul Signed. And now that it is law those who opposed the whole thing have … Continue reading

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Regarding Petulant Fury

Reporting the score as it stands at halftime is fine sports journalism. But it isn’t big news, just a progress report. The real news is who won, and how they did it. So the big news story of Tuesday, October … Continue reading

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Just No

Just one more week until the anniversary of September 30, 1955 – the death of James Dean (Donald Turnupseed, the other driver, was fine, by the way). That was the day Hollywood’s key rebel died, and studio executives felt the … Continue reading

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Just Too Dumb

Garrison Keillor says that the funniest line in English is “Get it?” It’s just human nature – “When you say that, everyone chortles.” We do like to pretend. People usually don’t get it. And Keillor was here in town. An … Continue reading

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