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English Majors: A Comedy Collection for the Highly Literate (Prairie Home Companion)

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Publisher Comments:

Skits and bits from A Prairie Home Companioncelebrate the secret society of men and women who possess excellent spelling and punctuation skills.

English majors have long been the grist for sketches on A Prairie Home Companion. Garrison Keillor grew up bookish in a football-loving town, and he knows what it means to beand#8230;different. This collection is for and about those who, though they may be chauffeuring kids to swim lessons or writing Unix programs or frying cheeseburgers, still could, if need be, write a term paper on the water imagery in The Waste Land.

The literate, intelligent, impeccably punctuated selections include andquot;Six Minute Hamlet,andquot; tributes to Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jack Kerouac, and Emily Dickinson, a Guy Noir adventure that exposes an M.F.A. scam, and andquot;The Ballad of John Henryandquot; (andquot;John Henry was an English major and poetry was his line. He sat by the window with his yellow legal pad and he wrote one sentence at a timeandquot;). Billy Collins, Roy Blount Jr., Robert Bly, Donald Hall, and Calvin Trillin make guest appearances. Allen Ginsberg reads the words of Walt Whitman. And in riveting andquot;Lives of the English Majorsandquot; dramas, the quiet guy with glasses always gets the girl.

Review:

"Leave it to Keillor to satirize 'Guy Noir: Private Eye,' by exposing the M.F.A. degree as a tool of organized crime. The parodies of American literature, however, including Dickinson, Frost and Hawthorne, are generally sophomoric. You know whose woods these are. The collection of vintage performances improves in a 10-minute rendition of Macbeth, with the lead character as Mr. Rogers and Lady Macbeth as Julia Child. There are two versions of Hamlet, both of which reduce Ophelia's madness to 'La, la, la.' Yes, that's a quote. The Prairie Home Companion cast members fare better when they move away from parody. One of the best bits involves an English major (Keillor) working at a fast food job and correcting customers' misuse of 'who' or 'whom.' Billy Collins's satirical ode to 'The Lanyard' is both hilarious and astute. There are some nice fillers, including Meryl Streep reading Mary Oliver and Allen Ginsberg's overblown recital of Whitman's 'Song of Myself.' In the end, listeners will feel that these two so-so CDs could have been reduced to one good one." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

ENGLISH MAJORS. You know who you are and here is a double-CD celebrating the secret society of those who, though they may be chauffeuring kids to swim lessons or writing Unix programs or frying cheeseburgers, still could, if need be, write a term paper on the water imagery in The Waste Land.

Synopsis:

Includes the Six-Minute Hamlet, tributes to Hawthorne and Kerouac and Emily Dickinson, a Guy Noir adventure that exposes an M.F.A. scam, Garrison Keillors recollection of growing up bookish in a football-loving town, and the Ballad of John Henry ('John Henry was an English major and poetry was his line. He sat by the window with his yellow legal pad and he wrote one sentence at a time.') With guest appearances by Billy Collins, Roy Blount Jr., Robert Bly, Donald Hall, and Calvin Trillin.

Synopsis:

English majors comprise a secret society devoted to the helpless love of books by dead people and an aversion to flummery, persiflage, gobbledygook, gibberish, and high-flown malarkey. And here from A Prairie Home Companion—the only live radio variety show in America today that is hosted by an English major—are the Six-Minute Hamlet, the Ten-Minute MacBeth, tributes to Hawthorne and Kerouac and Emily Dickenson, a Guy Noir adventure that exposes the M.F.A. scam and the ballad of John Henry ("John Henry was an English major and poetry was his line. He sat by the window with his yellow legal pad and he wrote one sentence at a time"). With guest appearances by Billy Collins, Roy Blount Jr., Robert Bly, Donald Hall, Allen Ginsberg, and Calvin Trillin.

About the Author

Garrison Keillor is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companionand The Writer's Almanacheard on public radio stations across the country and the author of more than a dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Love Meand Homegrown Democrat. He was born in Anoka, MN, in 1942 and graduated from the University of Minnesota. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and daughter. He has two grandsons. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts andamp; Letters and the Episcopal church.Garrison Keillor is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companionand The Writer's Almanacheard on public radio stations across the country and the author of more than a dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Love Meand Homegrown Democrat. He was born in Anoka, MN, in 1942 and graduated from the University of Minnesota. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and daughter. He has two grandsons. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts andamp; Letters and the Episcopal church.

Table of Contents

Contents:

  • English Majors
  • John Henry
  • “The Old Life”
  • Guy Noir, Private Eye
  • “The Lanyard”
  • “The Revenant”
  • Emily Dickinson Suite
  • The Six-Minute Hamlet
  • Long Time Leaving
  • English Majors: For Whom?
  • The Hochstetter House
  • Celebrity Classics: The Ten-Minute Macbeth
  • Red, Red Rose
  • Starting a Poem
  • Song of Myself
  • Kerouac
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Family Man
  • The Family Shakespeare
  • “Wild Geese”
  • Helen Marie

Product Details

ISBN:
9781598875881
Author:
Keillor, Garrison
Publisher:
Highbridge Company
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Performing Arts-Radio - General
Subject:
Radio - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Communications-Radio
Edition Description:
Original radio broadcast; 2.5 hours on 2 CDs
Series:
Prairie Home Companion
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
139.7 x 127 x 11.176 mm
Media Run Time:
120

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Leave it to Keillor to satirize 'Guy Noir: Private Eye,' by exposing the M.F.A. degree as a tool of organized crime. The parodies of American literature, however, including Dickinson, Frost and Hawthorne, are generally sophomoric. You know whose woods these are. The collection of vintage performances improves in a 10-minute rendition of Macbeth, with the lead character as Mr. Rogers and Lady Macbeth as Julia Child. There are two versions of Hamlet, both of which reduce Ophelia's madness to 'La, la, la.' Yes, that's a quote. The Prairie Home Companion cast members fare better when they move away from parody. One of the best bits involves an English major (Keillor) working at a fast food job and correcting customers' misuse of 'who' or 'whom.' Billy Collins's satirical ode to 'The Lanyard' is both hilarious and astute. There are some nice fillers, including Meryl Streep reading Mary Oliver and Allen Ginsberg's overblown recital of Whitman's 'Song of Myself.' In the end, listeners will feel that these two so-so CDs could have been reduced to one good one." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , ENGLISH MAJORS. You know who you are and here is a double-CD celebrating the secret society of those who, though they may be chauffeuring kids to swim lessons or writing Unix programs or frying cheeseburgers, still could, if need be, write a term paper on the water imagery in The Waste Land.
"Synopsis" by ,

Includes the Six-Minute Hamlet, tributes to Hawthorne and Kerouac and Emily Dickinson, a Guy Noir adventure that exposes an M.F.A. scam, Garrison Keillors recollection of growing up bookish in a football-loving town, and the Ballad of John Henry ('John Henry was an English major and poetry was his line. He sat by the window with his yellow legal pad and he wrote one sentence at a time.') With guest appearances by Billy Collins, Roy Blount Jr., Robert Bly, Donald Hall, and Calvin Trillin.

"Synopsis" by , English majors comprise a secret society devoted to the helpless love of books by dead people and an aversion to flummery, persiflage, gobbledygook, gibberish, and high-flown malarkey. And here from A Prairie Home Companion—the only live radio variety show in America today that is hosted by an English major—are the Six-Minute Hamlet, the Ten-Minute MacBeth, tributes to Hawthorne and Kerouac and Emily Dickenson, a Guy Noir adventure that exposes the M.F.A. scam and the ballad of John Henry ("John Henry was an English major and poetry was his line. He sat by the window with his yellow legal pad and he wrote one sentence at a time"). With guest appearances by Billy Collins, Roy Blount Jr., Robert Bly, Donald Hall, Allen Ginsberg, and Calvin Trillin.
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