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December 21, 2009

Garrison Keillor’s Apologists

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurie Morrow, Ph.D. @ 3:03 pm
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You wouldn’t believe the nastygrams I’m getting from Keillor’s apologists, who think it’s perfectly fine to publish a column in the  Baltimore Sun excoriating “Jewish guys” for writing

“all those lousy holiday songs . . .  that trash up the malls every year, Rudolph and the chestnuts and the rest of that dreck.  Did one of our guys write ‘Grab your loafers, coma along if you wanna, and we’ll blow that shofar for Rosh Hashanah’?”

Then, again, those who write nastygrams would tend to defend a fellow generator of nastiness, wouldn’t they?

Responses that politely disagree with my position will be posted.  Nasty responses — go post to Garrison Keillor’s blog, where nastiness is welcome.

December 19, 2009

Garrison Keillor, Grinch

Garrison Keillor has always struck me as mean-spirited, wrapping a fundamentally smug and condescending world view in a fondant of cutesy-poo irony.

Now, thanks to Glenn Reynolds‘ posting of Marissa Brostoff’s TABLET MAGAZINE column, “Garrison Keillor Doesn’t Like Jews Writing Christmas Songs,” others may also reassess their opinion of NPR’s favorite son.  Brostoff describes Keillor’s recent Baltimore Sun column, in which he complains about

“all those lousy holiday songs by Jewish guys that trash up the malls every year, Rudolph and the chestnuts and the rest of that dreck.  Did one of our guys write ‘Grab your loafers, coma along if you wanna, and we’ll blow that shofar for Rosh Hashanah’?”

Anyone capable of writing a column like this doesn’t ‘get’ Christmas — unlike Irving Berlin, who very clearly did.

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