Mois de Nivose - Annee de la Republique 218
I suppose it must be me, 'cos thousands of critters really like the bloke, but I never really enjoyed Garrison Keillor's Prarie Home Companion radio show. I watched about an hour of the film (directed by Robert Altman!??!) one late night for about an hour, before I realised that I didn't give a shit about what was happening in it - I was that bored.
I never really liked that 'aw shucks/down-home' Midwest humour. I guess I appear to be a coastal-interlectural-snawb, but what can I say. If I don't find it funny, I don't find it funny...or endearing...or whatever. Sorry, hordes of Keillor-ites.
This op-ed piece* in a Baltimore (figures...) newspaper's website really made me cringe. I couldn't get my head around whether ol' Garry was joking, with a serious undertone--or if he actually meant the whole thing! Maybe both? The lame quips about Harvard 'geeks' and digs at Unitarians aside, what the fuck was that line referencing Jews writing X-Mas songs about?? I don't mean I don't literally know the meaning of it - I gather that Jewish song-writers have penned well-known Christmas tunes. I mean, was the guy joking, or does he seriously have a beef with Jews for 'messing about' with his sacred 'Christian' holiday (which, incidentally, was brought in by The Church to cover up all those narsty pagan solstice celebrations--it seems to me, anyway). Maybe Keillor should grow a small mustache and start goose-stepping around? O.K., that was harsh--but it seems to me he needs to lighten up. I don't want to think of him as a crypto-fascist, even though I'm not a fan of his.
So, I'm left with....Garrison Keillor: uber-twat? I'll leave it for you to ponder.
*Cheers to C-Dog for linking to the article at his blog.