What an incredible honor to sit down with the American legend, Garrison Keillor.
This is a beautiful and far ranging conversation that really touched the heart of me.
We cover his early days, the essence of writing, politics, social movements, mortality, comedy and so much more.
Garrison was extremely generous with both his time and heart. There is so much wisdom here, so set aside a little quiet time and dive in with us.
Garrison Keillor did A Prairie Home Companion for forty years, wrote fiction and comedy, invented a town called Lake Wobegon where all the children are above average, even though he himself grew up evangelical in a small separatist flock where all the children expected the imminent end of the world. He’s busy in retirement, having written a memoir and a book of limericks and is at work on a musical and a Lake Wobegon screenplay, and he continues to do The Writers Almanac sent out daily to Internet subscribers (free).
He and his wife Jenny Lind Nilsson live in Minneapolis, not far from the YMCA where he was sent for swimming lessons at age 12 after his cousin drowned, and he skipped the lessons and went to the public library instead and to a radio studio to watch a noontime show with singers and a band. Thus, our course in life is set.
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