Friday, April 25, 2014

Quote of the Day (Garrison Keillor, on How Writers ‘Are Vacuum Cleaners’’)

“Over the years, my relatives have been cautious about sharing details of family history with me, knowing the business I'm in, knowing that writers are vacuum cleaners who suck up other people's lives and weave them into stories like a sparrow builds a nest from scraps. People meet writers and are bowled over when the writer is friendly to them and invites them to his house for a glass of wine or to shoot up heroin or whatever they do, and they talk their heads off, and a year later it comes out in a book, and there follow years of bitter and fruitless litigation, and that is why you should always keep a writer at arm's length.” ―"Longtime "Prairie Home Companion" radio host (and novelist) Garrison Keillor, “Clearing Up a Few Things,” Time Magazine, March 28, 2004
(Garrison Keillor pictured here during a rainy 2007 outdoor broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.)

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