Garrison Keillor Update

If you are a Garrison Keillor fan, you should read this. If you aren’t, then you should try (try!) and become one. I really love to listen to Garrison and the only tragedy in life is that my enjoyment of his readings, his show, (and his recent movie), is tempered with the knowledge that life is too short. He’s been doing this for 30 years. I’ll never catch up.

But, Lifehacker has reported that Keillor’s “News from Lake Wobegon” is now available as a free podcast (which means you can download it and listen to it on your computer or a portable MP3 player, which might even mean your cell phone if you have a fairly new one). I don’t think I’ve heard an episode yet that I didn’t laugh at and get a little more insight into life.

If you like poetry, or more accurately, if you want to learn to like good poetry, not that hoity-toity stuff passed off as poetry at most liberal arts colleges, you can read his poem of the day (chosen by him, not written by him) or listen to him read it aloud at The Writer’s Almanac, along with various literary notes for the day (famous and not-so famous writers births, deaths, and sundry accomplishments). Always a very calm and peaceful five minutes of my day when I think to visit it.

I’ve been meaning to get Garrison’s books of collected poems, Good Poems, and Good Poems for Hard Times. Soon. Very soon.

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