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24 August 2005 @ 07:03 pm
rec: Garrison Keillor article (Salon)  
"We all know that life is short and quickly ebbs to a close, so you should go ahead and take that ride down the rapids, fly to Australia, dye your hair, go in the Peace Corps, follow your star, so that when you must sit in the nursing home eating your corn mush and watching stupid TV shows, you have some vivid memories of big adventures." -- from Turning a red state bright orange

Also, the last line of the essay is the best thing ever. *g*

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gianna24gianna24 on August 25th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
I thoroughly enjoyed that article. I used to be a convinced republican and I'd always get pissed that people assumed that meant I didn't enjoy porn or whatever. The last line was pretty priceless too.
Anna S.: blair-gaze-upeliade on August 25th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
"Thank you, pig."

I wish I could use that all the time--as a closing to posts, e-mails, etc--but without the context of the article, I think readers might take it the wrong way. *g*
julia_herejulia_here on August 25th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC)
Sometimes I just want to sit Mr. Keillor down and introduce him to my Auntie Marge (a Minnesotan born and bred) or even better, have HIM take her to the tour ship on a day that downtown Seattle is barricaded off and you have to go up on Capital Hill by way of Madison and then across and down Stewart; she was not tolerant of orange, pink, turquoise, and most particularly not tolerant of the androgenous goth kid who's white pitbull has... piercings.

But that's just her...

Anyway, thanks for the guidance; I've been a fan since KUOW first picked up PHC.

Julia, and Altman/Keillor: OTP?
Anna S.: lighthouseeliade on August 25th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
I think Garrison Keillor is one of the few writers you can point to and say, here is a guy who will be in the American Literature anthologies 300 years from now. In general, it's pretty hard to tell who is going to stick around and who's going to fall by the wayside.

I just love his writing.
Anaxila / Babblesanaxila on August 25th, 2005 07:31 am (UTC)
Random aside: the husband of my best friend from Mpls (who was my ex-husband's best friend), was staff writer on PHC last year. It was their grand experiment to find out whether it worked to have another person involved in the writing. It didn't, but they all had a great year together anyway, and he gets it for his resume forever, and it's helped get more writing gigs than he can shake a stick at. He's also a recapper over at TWOP and used to be a really funny blogger until he had a baby and fatherhood ate his brain, as it does.

Where was I? Oh yeah. The part of the article that you cut & quoted above actually made me cry. I can't think of anything I believe more strongly than the sentiment therein. Thanks so much for sharing it. Miss you.