Las Vegas, NV
May 20, 2020
Garrison Keillor hits Las Vegas with a new solo show!
April 18, 2020
Garrison Keillor comes to the Rochester Civic Theatre for a night of stories, songs, poetry, and humor. Tickets $50 and up
February 19, 2020
Garrison Keillor with Heather Masse at the Dakota. Night 2 of 2. Tickets $30+
February 18, 2020
Garrison Keillor with Heather Masse at the Dakota. Night 1 of 2. Tickets $30+
Hurrah for the 4th of July
When fireworks burst in the sky
And our descendants
And the elderly crawl off and die.
Writing a memoir I discover what an antique I am and I try to make light of it, of course, but the world I knew is gone. The beloved Underwood typewriter, the big Zenith radio built to look like a temple and the family gathered around it, the aunt who sat telling stories about family history, the old hymns, the vegetable garden, the chickens waiting to be slaughtered, the big state university where tuition was cheap and you could pay your way through school with a part-time job, the cars that’d pick you up when you hitchhiked driven by old soldiers who told you grim stories about the war. And something else is lost in the current culture, a love of American culture including jokes. Nobody tells them. So what do you do with an elephant with three balls? You walk him and pitch to the giraffe. A man told me that the other day and I was astonished. Maybe it makes fun of physical deformity. I was pleased that he’d want to make me smile. Anyway, don’t write a memoir, it’ll depress the daylights out of you. If you must write one, do it before you’re forty when you don’t know so much. And enjoy the 4th and celebrate America.