Aug 20, 2012

by English Muse

Confession: I have always had a love affair with old radio shows. When I was little, my mom would buy tapes of Burns & Allen for me at Cracker Barrel for long road trips, and I would listen to them so much that I would literally wear them out. It was always so much more satisfying for me to imagine the action in my head and the simple story lines from ‘back in the day’ were exactly what I imagined grown-up life to be. Now, when I work, I can usually be found listening to Jack Benny, Granby’s Green Acres, Fibber McGee & Molly or… Garrison Keillor. Keillor is the newest infatuation, but I have fallen fast and hard, friends.

I love the way A Prairie Home Companion preserves the old broadcast style. It brings together talented people with good stories and good music, but there is something about the host’s delivery that I just can’t get past. I’m pretty sure that man could read my grocery list, and I would suddenly find myself longing to drink lemonade on the front porch and listen to mountain music. It doesn’t matter that his stories are of his beloved Minnesota, he somehow manages to channel every small town in America. But why sit here and write about it? Why not share a few examples and let you see for yourself? So here you are:

If you need a little mini-vacate from your cubicle like me or you are sitting somewhere having a bad day, take 15 minutes and listen to The News from Lake Wobegon.

If you want to feel inspired by the way this writer looks at the world, take an evening and watch this documentary: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes. (It’s on Netflix!)

If you want to start your morning remembering why you love books, subscribe to this podcast… or tune into your local NPR station at 11:50am.

If you want to know a little more about the way Keillor looks at the world, read his answers to Time’s 10 Questions.

And if you don’t understand the appeal of Garrison Keillor, I would encourage you to read this 2006 article on Slate. It just made me laugh. Perhaps his appeal is every bit as mysterious as the author claims. Perhaps he’s not for everyone, but I just can’t help myself– I love him.

What about you? What do you nerd out on?




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7 Responses to “An Ode to Garrison Keillor”

  1. mary says:

    I love Garrison Keillor! His books are laugh-out-loud funny and heartachingly (just made that word up) sweet…

  2. Pamela says:

    I, too, love Garrison Keillor. Without hesitation I immerse myself in his wonderful world every weekend. Such a pleasure trip.

  3. Bevin says:

    Oh, I adore Prairie Home Companion. My favorite is listening to it in the fall, since we don’t really have fall where I live. When it’s still 85 in October I can (and have) crank up the a/c, put on Prairie Home Companion, start baking something and get autumn by proxy.

  4. Dorothy says:

    I too, am a fan of Prairie Home Companion.

  5. {gemmifer} says:

    I love PHC! I was sad when I heard that Kellior said he would leave the show in 2013, but now I see lots of posts on the interwebs stating that he retracted that announcement and has no plans to retire. Whew! I need my Saturday evening fix!

  6. Nonizamboni says:

    He also has a lovely book store in St. Paul called Common Good Books; recently moved from a quaint basement venue to a shiny new space. I saw him early one morning in his old store–he is very tall [!] Great post, by the way. My favorite nerdtime is Garrison’s Writer’s Almanac and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.

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