I was just sitting here last night, flipping through Time magazine, and came upon 10 Questions for Garrison Keillor. He’s one of my favorite writers, you know.
What role do you feel public radio plays in America today?
Its role is to talk to people who are stuck in traffic. And conservatives become incensed enough listening to public radio that it keeps them awake so they don’t drive into a fire hydrant. That’s what we do: we save the lives of thousands of right-wingers every year. And they never thank us for it.
You once wrote that the humorist is the most endangered species we have. Is that still true?
No. The Internet is full of humorists. They’ve risen from the earth. They’ve fallen from the skies. Anyone can write anything, anytime they want. Blogs that are angry–which maybe half of them are–wear out. What people keep going back to are writers who are funny. That’s a great thing
Will you ever run out of Lake Wobegon stories?
No. As long as you can still hear and see, you’ll never run out of stories. I ran into an ancient cousin of mine a week ago, and she told me something I’d never heard before. My grandfather Keillor died before I was born, and she told me that every night, he lifted my grandmother into his arms–he’s a farmer, a big woodworking guy–and carried her upstairs into bed. He had a big mustache and beautiful singing voice. From that, you could come up with a whole year’s worth of stories almost.