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+
I got up this morning at five
Feeling very awake and alive.
I love this hour
Of quiet and now’re
The thoughts in my brain
Riding a train
That approaches and soon will arrive.
I awoke early because I had a dream about my novel and a scene toward the end where I give a crazed speech about the beauty of sweet corn and in the dream I was adding a song to the dream so I got out of bed and wrote it. Last night, to celebrate the novel, Jenny made a supper of corn on the cob and hamburgers and we ate it on the terrace in a beautiful New York twilight which then turned to sunset. And then Jenny strung lights on the railing — Let Your Light Shine. Maia adjourned to go talk to her friends on Facebook or FaceTime or whatever facial platform they use. She spends hours in her room and we hear constant chatter and laughter and we try to enforce a 10:30 curfew but who knows. It is so pleasurable to sit outdoors with one’s love and talk about her walk in the park that day and what she saw and her conversations with friends and what we will do when this pandemic ends. I worked all week revising the novel so I’m a big bore. Hard to make interesting conversation out of fixing misspellings and quotation marks and what should be in italics and should “hotdish” be one word or two and do we want to accent “café” or make it “cafe”. It’s the Chatterbox Cafe in Lake Wobegon so it’s not accented. The name in the window of the Chatterbox does not have an accent mark. It would be considered an affectation and a signal that prices have been raised and there will be too much garlic and pepper in the hotdish.
The reason to write a novel is to say what you think in a form that allows enormous freedom – you can put the thoughts in different characters so you can express your own conflicts fully. And the other reason is that it’s FUN, especially the last stages of revision. The early drafting part can be tedious because you have to look at your own crappy writing but as the work is revised upward, it becomes more enjoyable and in the end stages – such as when you dream a revision and wake up and put it in – it is downright exhilarating. Some people get pleasure from soaring in gliders, some from gardening, or conversation, or playing banjo, or cooking, and this is my pleasure and I intend to keep on doing it. Maybe a comic novel about dementia. Why not? It’d be my “Finnegan’s Wake”. Or a novel about Thoreau. He and God get into an argument in heaven and Thoreau instructs the Lord what He should do about America and God is offended and punishes Henry by putting him back on earth, married, with three kids, teaching 11th grade English in the Bronx. “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation,” Thoreau wrote long ago and now he is living it. I think this could be funny. But I’d need to go do research in a school in the Bronx and that won’t be possible for awhile.