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Posts Tagged ‘Garrison Keillor’

Vin Scully, Illustrated

LARegisterVinScullyWithout a doubt, Vin Scully is the only current MLB play-by-play man who chose to annotate – for future broadcast use – Amanda Foreman‘s February 21 Wall Street Journal article “A Brief History of Avoiding Exercise.”

Per a wonderful graphic in the Los Angeles Register by visual columnist Sharon Henry, the 86-year-old Scully is still idiosyncratically at-it in Chavez Ravine. From her Vin-diagram:

He’s highlighted the [WSJ] part that describes how one out of three World War I draftees was unfit for combat. He imagines a time (perhaps when a player is out of breath after running to second) that he can share this with his audience.

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The Best Angry Goodbye Notes from Fired Journalists

“Only when a journalist is fired or quits does the complete fury he feels for those quacking mallards who have made his life miserable begin to surface,” writes Jack Shafer at Slate. He’s collected a few of the best kiss-off notes from fired journalists on his blog, and some of them are truly amazing.

“Jesus spent three days in Hell. … I could only handle one,” —wrote Richard Morgan, who quit Gawker after one day in January 2008.

And another favorite: “Don’t worry about me; I’ll land on my feet. I don’t regret coming here, even though I’ve been laid off now. In fact, my only regret is that you haven’t come to visit the Beacon Journal. I would have loved to piss on your shoes,” wrote Mark Schlueb, in a letter to Knight Ridder CEO Tony Ridder, in April 2001

Unsurprisingly, Tina Brown gets a few mentions. Who knew she wasn’t popular?  “If some ditzy American editor went to London, took over the Spectator and turned it into, say, In Your Face: A Magazine of Mucus, there would be a big uproar, but here in America, we expect turnover,” wrote Garrison Keillor, after Brown replaced Robert Gottlieb as editor of The New Yorker in April 1995.

And after his Newsweek blog was canceled by incoming editor Brown in 2011, Mickey Kaus wrote, “The people at the Daily Beast seem to be having a desperate sort of faux-fun as they try to madly generate paying hits before Barry Diller‘s money runs out subsidizing Ms. Brown’s big bucks staff.”

The whole collection, well worth the read, is at Slate.

Garrison Keillor Reviews Mark Twain’s Autobiography

Garrison Keillor writes in the NYT Book Review:

Here is a powerful argument for writers’ burning their papers — you’d like to be remembered for “The Innocents Abroad” and “Life on the Mississippi” and the first two-thirds of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and not for excruciating passages of hero worship of General Grant and his son Fred and accounts of your proximity to the general and your business dealings as the publisher of his memoirs, which only reminds the reader that the general wrote a classic autobiography, and you tried to and could not.

Think twice about donating your papers to an institution of higher learning, Famous Writer: someday they may be used against you.

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Buzzine’s Interview with Dylan Brody

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Dylan Brody is a story teller and humorist with a rabid well-deserved cult following. He did an interview with Buzzine’s Jeanmarie Simpson…hilarious.

JS: Okay, but first I need to indulge in a bit of fan-dorkishness of my own. I’m crazy about your work. Your voice is delightfully, shockingly unique.

DB: Oh, Good! Thank you. I like having fans, and I like shocking them with my uniqueness. Uniquitude. Unique-osity. One of the things that keeps happening lately, as I get some press and some notice, is that people tell me how unique my voice is, and then, with no sense of irony at all, as if they are proving the point, they tell me who I remind them of. So far, I haven’t been insulted by any of the comparisons – Garrison Keillor, David Sedaris, people like that.

Read the whole interview here.