By Garrison Keillor
Stories, monologues, and essays by means of Garrison Keillor, founder and host of A Prairie domestic Companion
The first retrospective from New York Times–bestselling writer Garrison Keillor celebrates the humor and knowledge of this grasp storyteller. With an creation and headnotes through the writer, in addition to accompanying photos and memorabilia, The Keillor Reader brings jointly an entire variety of Keillor’s paintings. incorporated are the “Pontoon” monologue, within which twenty-four Lutheran pastors capsize a ship as a parasail and hot-air balloon maneuver above; the Alaska adventures wrestler Jimmy “Big Boy” Valenti; a brand new model of “Casey on the Bat”; an imaginitive memoir of existence on the New Yorker; and a collection of precepts for all times, “What Have We discovered So Far?”
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Slouched away. So he coached his boys. He by no means stated a sort observe to them, and so they labored like canines in hopes of listening to one, and therefore they grew to become nice, mowing down the competition for 100 miles round. In 1946 they reached their height. That used to be the yr they disposed simply of fifteen crack groups within the Father Powers Charity event, a few via bloodbath, and on the remaining rite, surrounded by way of unhappy little crippled little ones sitting dazed within the scorching sunlight and preserving pitiful flags that they had made themselves, while E. J. was once speculated to hand again the winner’s cost for $100 to Father Powers to aid with the paintings one of the terrible, E. J. stated, “Fat likelihood! ” and shoved away the kindly priest’s outstretched hand. That used to be additionally the yr Babe Ruth got here to city with the Sorbasol All-Star barnstorming workforce. The Babe had retired in 1935 and was once demise of melanoma, yet even a death guy has debts to pay, and so he took to the line for Sorbasol, and Lake Wobegon was once the twenty-fourth cease at the journey, an afternoon online game on November 12. The All-Star educate of 2 sleepers and a personal motor vehicle for the Babe subsidized up the sixteen-mile spur into Lake Wobegon, arriving at 10:00 a. m. with a blast of whistle and a burst of steam, yet hundreds of thousands already have been to be had to observe it arrive. The Babe used to be a legend then, very like God is this day. He didn’t supply interviews, in different phrases. He rode round on his teach and seemed basically whilst useful. It used to be stated that he drank Canadian rye whiskey, ate scorching canines, gained hundreds of thousands at poker, and stored attractive ladies in his inner most vehicle, Excelsior, yet that was once purely speak. The sleepers have been usual deluxe Pullmans; the Excelsior was once royal eco-friendly with gold-and-silver trim and pink velvet curtains tied shut—not that anybody attempted to appear in; those have been proud nation humans, now not a host of gawkers. males stood by means of the educate, their backs to it, conversing purposefully approximately different things, searching around the lake, and whilst different males straggled around the box in twos and threes, stared on the educate, and requested, “Is he quite in there? ” the firstcomers stated, “Who? Oh! You suggest the Babe? Oh, certain, I reckon he’s the following all right—this is his educate, you recognize. I doubt that his educate could move operating round with out the Babe in it, now, wouldn't it? ” and resumed their activity of status by way of the teach, staring at out around the lake. A proud second for them. At midday the Babe got here out in white linen knickers. He seemed misplaced. A tiny black guy held his left arm. Babe attempted to grin on the humans and the glance on his face made them look away. He came across a unfastened plank at the platform and males reached to regular him and spotted he was once scorching to touch. He signed an autograph. It was once illegible. a tender lady was once carried to him who’d been mysteriously in poor health for months, and he laid his massive hand on her brow and he or she acknowledged she felt whatever. (Next day she was once a bit larger. now not recovered yet enhanced. ) However, the Babe regarded shaky, like a guy who ate a bushel of peaches entire and now was once anxious in regards to the pits. He’s inebriated, a few stated, and a guy did unload a basket of empty beer bottles off the educate, and boys dove in to get one for a souvenir—but others who got here on the subject of his breath acknowledged no, he wasn’t under the influence of alcohol, basically demise.