Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
@hilarythavis + PD

@hilarythavis + PD

In 1974, after writing a fact piece for the magazine about the Grand Ole Opry, I started up A Prairie Home Companion on Saturday evenings, a live variety show with room for a long monologue by me (‘It has been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon…’), and found steady colleagues who did most of the work

More on the history of the show from the introduction to the forthcoming Keillor Reader (via prairiehomecompanion)

(That’s me.)

Thursday, April 17, 2014
I took a job at Minnesota Public Radio, the six to nine a.m. shift, played records and created a cheery on-air persona, the Old Scout, who rallied listeners to rise and shine and face the day with a smile. It was a good persona. I even started to believe in it myself. I was in an awkward marriage, I was absurdly self-conscious and timid and eager to please and arrogant, all at the same time, but I was lucky. On that early morning shift, I invented a town where the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and the children are all above average. Businesses in that town advertised on my show—Jack’s Auto Repair, Bob’s Bank, Bunsen Motors, Bertha’s Kitty Boutique, the Chatterbox Café, the Sidetrack Tap, Skoglund’s Five & Dime, the Mercantile—and I talked about the women, men, and children, and that town, Lake Wobegon, became my magnum opus, unintentionally. Garrison describes the creation of Lake Wobegon in the introduction to his new book, The Keillor Reader (via prairiehomecompanion)
mchotdog:

The thing is I would probably love this.

I wonder if this is connected to Charlie Boone’s old WCCO segment. (Scroll down to 1998.)

mchotdog:

The thing is I would probably love this.

I wonder if this is connected to Charlie Boone’s old WCCO segment. (Scroll down to 1998.)

(Source: natashavc)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Expatriate

Expatriate

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A shaky picture of Shakey Graves

A shaky picture of Shakey Graves

Monday, April 14, 2014
It’s been a quiet week(end at Bernie’s)…

It’s been a quiet week(end at Bernie’s)…

Sunday, April 13, 2014
wr3n:

Minneapolis Maid flour barrel by Minnesota Historical Society on Flickr.

"Made in Minneapolis?" "Made in Buffalo?" WHAT “when packed?” Ultimately, this barrel leaves me with more questions than answers. Three stars, above-average barrel.

wr3n:

Minneapolis Maid flour barrel by Minnesota Historical Society on Flickr.

"Made in Minneapolis?" "Made in Buffalo?" WHAT “when packed?” Ultimately, this barrel leaves me with more questions than answers. Three stars, above-average barrel.

The Counterfactuals

The Counterfactuals