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+
Why does one write a memoir?
It’s not to promote; that’s bizarre.
It’s a confession
With some discretion,
It’s a thanksgiving
For decades of living,
And what we’ve learned so far:
How temporary we are,
A lightning bug caught in a jar.
The family’s up in Connecticut at a cottage where they can breathe salt air and the old drudge is at work at the kitchen table, drinking coffee. Talked to a friend in Connecticut who is trying to fend off deer from his garden and raccoons and now a bear. A disrespectful bear who one night came up on the deck and left a load of bear shit by the back door. The friend is a pianist, not a hunter, and probably the bear is aware of that. The friend has tried urinating around his backyard to mark territory but the bear doesn’t get the message. This makes me grateful to be living on the 12th floor in Manhattan, it enables one to focus entirely on the memoir and writing clearly about those years on the radio. Memory blurs when you’ve been crazy busy, the mass of detail seems to erase itself. I’ll bet my friend has forgotten a lot about the many shows he’s played. I’ll bet the bear will be memorable for years to come. I had no bear in my life. It was all much too easy. The secret of a good story is danger and struggle. I had great freedom to do whatever I wanted to do for forty years. The shortcomings were all my fault and nobody else’s. Painful but true.