The Keillor Reader: Looking Back at Forty Years of Stories: Where Did They All Come From?

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 advent and headnotes by means of the writer, in addition to accompanying pictures 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 lifestyles on the New Yorker; and a collection of precepts for all times, “What Have We realized So Far?”

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As he approached the boat, the Danes at the dock, cornered, determined to move aboard, them all, in a major rush, and to eliminate the strains and begin up the motor. The boat virtually sank less than their weight. Water glittered at the deck and some pastors cried out a caution after which one succeeded in beginning the motor and revved it up and away went the Agnes D, its deck awash yet making sluggish development. The Danes crowded in tight within the heart, in order to not push the bow any decrease or to stumble upon the fish fry within the stern, the crimson coals gleaming less than the large shrimp shish kebabs. It gave the look of twenty-four males jogging on water, wearing an awning and towing a barbeque. • • • At the decrease finish of the lake, Kyle had hooked up the bowling ball to himself, wrapping the chain round the eco-friendly Velcro belt, and Duane had thrown the towrope out of the strict of the runabout and the express was once approximately to begin. For a second, Barbara thought of creating a speech—Mother was once a free-thinker, it’s so simple as that. there isn't any God, we're unfastened brokers, each people, and so one can cross round with a huge knapsack of guilt in your again like anyone in a comic strip, ok, yet i select to be unfastened, simply as my mom, in a lucid second, sought after you to grasp that she is unfastened. yet she didn't. “Okay, Grandma,” acknowledged Kyle, “let’s get the express at the street. ” He waded gingerly into the water, at the sharp rocks, harnessed to the trapeze, the good parasail above him, and he staggered a pair instances, pushing the skis prior to him along with his toes after which his knees until eventually he was once in water as much as his thighs. He sat down and slipped his toes, first the left, then the suitable, into the foot holsters. Then Duane gunned the motor and the towrope went taut and Kyle rose up at the water and skied over the waves, his knees bent, the towbar lashed to the trapeze. The little crowd watched the narrow determine within the crimson swim briefs cross skimming around the water. because the boat made its flip, Kyle seemed to regulate the trapeze, the towbar clamped to it, because the bowling ball swung among his knees, and Barbara pulled out her digital camera. Raoul had a videocam out. “Here he comes! ” acknowledged Raoul. yet anything was once wrong—Kyle wasn’t lifting off the water. Mr. Hoppe waved his arm in a circle to inform Duane to choose up velocity. “He must’ve adjusted the trapeze wrong,” acknowledged Barbara. Then the speedboat swerved, and so they observed why—two gigantic fiberglass geese have been racing around the water, strewing purple flower petals from their butts. there have been humans within, pedaling, propelling them crookedly, slewing round. The speedboat was once racing due north whilst it swerved back. The Agnes D had simply come into sight from at the back of the purpose, its deck crowded with males in light blue and eco-friendly and violet shirts and pants, a path of black smoke emerging from the barbeque. the lads on deck have been making a song lustily what gave the impression of a hymn to alcohol, their hands associated, the boat driving super low within the water—but that afflicted them by no means, they have been brothers united by means of champagne.

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