O, What a Luxury — 2013

Original Publish Date: October 1, 2013

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From the Publisher:
Although he has edited several anthologies of his favorite poems, O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound forges a new path for Garrison Keillor, as a poet of light verse. He writes — with his characteristic combination of humor and insight — on love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion, and other facets of daily life. Keillor’s verses are charming and playful, locating sublime song within the humdrum of being human.

These poems are about places — Kansas, Sunset Boulevard, Seattle (“everything is uphill in Seattle”), Minnesota, Manhattan (“If the Oyster Bar is fresh out of oysters/ We’ll take the subway up to the Cloisters”) — fatherhood (“That old man in the garage once let loos a great barrage”), and odes to Mozart, onion soup, plumbers, the importance of honking your own horn, and the Republican lady from Knoxville who bought her brassieres by the boxful.

And of course love:
“Love is the universal sport
The night is dark and life is short
The heart is open, always willing,
The touch of skin is so fulfilling.
Darling, when I look at you
Touch is push and push is shove
I’m in love.”

Writing

Books

A complete lists of works, including sample excerpts

Columns

From the New York Times, Time magazine, and the complete Chicago Tribune syndicated columns

Prose

Stories from The New Yorker and other magazines and a few lectures

Sonnets

Sonnets of praise, some erotic, some lamentations, and some street sonnets

Verse

Poems on topics both serious and not-so-serious

Video

Videos from readings, interviews, solo shows and more

Radio

Albums

A complete list of radio and audiobook collections, with audio samples

Audio

Speeches, interviews, readings and other audio clips

Songs

Audio and lyrics for songs featured on A Prairie Home Companion.

The News from Lake Wobegon

The latest news and views from the little town where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average"

Photos
Writing

The Keillor Reader — 2014

The Keillor Reader collects the full range of Garrison Keillor’s work: monologues from A Prairie Home Companion, stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, excerpts from novels, newspaper columns, and pieces never before published.

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The Keillor Reader — Introduction

I started out with No. 2 pencil and pads of paper, then acquired an Underwood manual typewriter with a faint f and a misshapen O. You had to poke the keys hard to make an impression. I set it on a maple desk in my bedroom, which looked out onto a cornfield across the road, and I wrote stories about tortured loners who stood at a distance from the crowd and observed their comings and goings with envy tinged with contempt.

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Books — Chronological

A list of published works

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National Geographic: There’s No Place Like Home

When a man lives in one place for most of his life, he doesn’t need GPS. He is guided by memories of boyhood bike rides, the ever present Mississippi, and the undeniable power of rhubarb.

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February

It is a strange winter, January mixed in with April,
A cold snap and the next day everything thaws,
And you wonder if the buses run and if the morning paper’ll
Come this morning—if we can still trust in natural laws.

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January

Another year gone and the old man with the scythe
Is moving closer. He hasn’t been subtle, has he.
Too many good people gone, and I could sit and cry
For them—except that you look exceptionally snazzy
And sexy despite the miles on your odometer,
As if you have a few more aces up your sleeve.

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I Come from Lake Wobegon

I Come from Lake Wobegon

Garrison describes growing up in Lake Wobegon.

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Summer in Lake Wobegon

Summer in Lake Wobegon

Garrison talks about summer in Lake Wobegon and a few of the town’s guiding principles.

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Cat, O Cat

Cat, O Cat

Garrison Keillor (with Rich Dworsky on piano) sings “Cat, O Cat”

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A Part-time Job in Radio

A Part-time Job in Radio

Garrison discusses his favorite parts of his “part-time job” as a radio host.

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Radio

The News from Lake Wobegon for April 19, 2014

“It was warm. The week started out warm and then we got some snow here on Tuesday and we just ignored it, of course — as you would ignore an embarrassing relative.” Mr. Berge hits a large pothole and damages his car, the town experiences a pink full moon, and Pastor Liz organizes an outdoor procession to celebrate Holy Week, in a monologue from April 2011.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 12, 2014

“It’s been a beautiful week, the sun was shining and on Wednesday it got up to 70. There was a couple down by the lake, they were making out as if nobody could see them.” A bear wakes from hibernation and wanders into town, the Swansons return for a visit after 30 years away, and Pastor Liz announces that she is leaving to become the pastor at a Lutheran Church in Rome.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for April 5, 2014

“The fourth Sunday of Lent was last week and Easter is a couple of weeks away so that snow, that big snow that they got on Thursday was really tough on people.” The town deals with an early spring snowstorm and Mr. Berge finds himself in a tricky situation out on the rapidly thawing lake.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 29, 2014

“It’s been beautiful this last week. The sun was shining. It’s been a gorgeous, gorgeous winter. We got a little snow on Monday, Thursday, just a decorator snow.” Mr. Berge tells a few jokes to ducks out on the lake, the Men’s Prayer Group gathers at Bunsen Motors, and the Lutheran Church holds its Lenten soup suppers.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 22, 2014

“Spring: spring came in on Thursday. We got little snow on Tuesday. No problem, no problem. Just a little decorative, designer snow on Tuesday.” Thoughts on the sin of sloth and the 1965 World Series, Carl Krebsbach considers robbing a bank and receives a mysterious phone call, and Darlene worries that her cat may have rabies.

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JCCSF: O, What a Luxury

Garrison discussed limericks, free verse, life in St. Paul, and the book O, What a Luxury at a November 2013 lecture at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 15, 2014

“It’s been warm. It’s in the 40s. The snow has been melting and the sidewalks are clear, and people are out walking around town after all these months of imprisonment.” Clint Bunsen continues his fight to prevent Millet from becoming the county seat, the Lake Wobegon Whippets acquire a new center fielder, and Pastor Liz goes sledding after an energetic sermon.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 8, 2014

“It’s been a cold winter but now it’s warmer, it’s up in the 30s. So it’s not all that bad as long as it’s moving in the right direction.” Mr. Magendantz tries a dangerous new method of snow removal, Father Wilmer catches Darlene napping at the Chatterbox Café, and Clint Bunsen tries to prevent Millet from replacing Lake Wobegon as the county seat.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for March 1, 2014

“It’s been chilly, been cloudy this whole week but we’re used to it. It doesn’t really matter.” Lake Wobegon High School’s class of 2013 graduates, tales of graduation ceremony pranks from years past, and thoughts on being a commencement speaker, in a monologue from June 2013.

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The News from Lake Wobegon for February 22, 2014

“It’s been cold and gray, just a little bit of snow falling, children reluctantly going back to school. Lot of things had to be canceled because of that blizzard a couple of weeks ago.” Texting disrupts a choir concert, Darlene resolves to find a man this year, and Clint Bunsen visits his wife’s uncle in Omaha, in a monologue from January 2013.

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Portfolio
A Prairie Home Companion Book Tour
Schedule

April 26, 2014

4:45 p.m.

Minneapolis, MN

A Prairie Home Companion — Minneapolis, MN

A live broadcast performance from the Northrop Auditorium

May 1, 2014

7:00 p.m. CDT

Saint Paul, MN

The Keillor Reader — Launch and Q&A

A live reading and Q&A by Garrison Keillor at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, MN

May 4, 2014

7:00 p.m. CDT

Iowa City, IA

Iowa City, IA

A Keillor Reader book tour event at First United Methodist Church in Iowa City, IA

May 5, 2014

7:00 p.m. CDT

Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee, WI

A Keillor Reader book tour event at the UWM Student Union Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI

May 6, 2014

7:00 p.m. CDT

Naperville, IL

Naperville, IL

A Keillor Reader book tour event at North Central College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall in Naperville, IL

May 7, 2014

7:00 p.m. ET

Dayton, OH

Dayton, OH

A Keillor Reader book tour event at Books & Company in Dayton, OH

May 8, 2014

12:00 p.m. ET

Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati, OH

A Keillor Reader book tour event at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, OH

May 8, 2014

7:00 p.m. ET

Lexington, KY

Lexington, KY

A Keillor Reader book tour event at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY

May 10, 2014

4:45 p.m.

Nashville, TN

A Prairie Home Companion — Nashville, TN

A live broadcast performance from the Ryman Auditorium

May 12, 2014

7:00 p.m. CDT

Austin, TX

Austin, TX

A Keillor Reader book tour event at BookPeople in Austin, TX

Press/Clips

Love Letters: The Second Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest

Garrison and Common Good Books are sponsoring a poetry contest! Pour your love onto the page, shape it well, and mail your love letter to Common Good Books before April 15 — fame and fortune could be yours.

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The Daily Circuit — O, What a Luxury

Garrison talks poetry and O, What a Luxury with MPR’s Kerri Miller

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ABC: What Makes St. Paul So Great?

ABC: What Makes St. Paul So Great?

Garrison gives a tour of St. Paul during the 2008 Republican National Convention

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Time — 10 Questions for Garrison Keillor

Time — 10 Questions for Garrison Keillor

Garrison answers a few questions submitted by Time readers.

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KARE 11

KARE 11

Garrison talks with Tim McNiff, of Twin Cities television station KARE11, about O, What a Luxury and the poetry readings at the Fitzgerald Theater.

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KSTP

KSTP

An interview with KSTP’s Mark Saxenmeyer from September 2012

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Twin Cities Live

Twin Cities Live

Garrison visits KARE11′s Twin Cities Live on September 12, 2013 to discuss a series of fall events at The Fitzgerald Theater

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The Colbert Report

The Colbert Report

Garrison visits The Colbert Report on September 11, 2007

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Damon Ferrell Marbut: Review of Garrison Keillor’s New Book

“Garrison Keillor might be handicapping himself with his title, O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound. But that could be the point. With notes of humor, regret, observation, light admonishment and constant suggestion, Keillor’s work has a natural swagger where little seems forced. A real accomplishment, I think, in that he steadily [...]

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Bio

One of America’s most beloved radio hosts and acclaimed humorists, Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, and began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1966. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and on July 6, 1974, he hosted [...]

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