“Sometimes when you walk out that door after church, you are inspired and expect things to look different—expect to walk out and be in the New Jerusalem—and it’s a disappointment to see it’s still Lake Wobegon. A vacant lot across the street, dogs running around, the Dieners’ house unpainted and two broken-down cars in the backyard, and the back door of the Sidetrack Tap—the scene of so much illness and unhappiness over the years. But even here there is a star to follow and we may come through.”—Garrison Keillor, Life Among the Lutherans, edited by Holly Harden (2009)
You can almost hear that unforgettable, legendary voice even here, on the printed page, with this collection of radio monologues from A Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor. Whether or not he follows through on his plan to retire in 2013 or whatever timetable he has in mind, I’m sure we’ll be hearing that voice, in some fashion or another, for a long time to come.
And if we’re lucky, we’ll be able to hear more of his editor on this volume. For more on the enormously talented writer Holly Harden, see the profile of her on pages 28-31 in St. Olaf Magazine here.
(Garrison Keillor pictured here during a rainy 2007 outdoor broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.)