On the Eve of Garrison Keillor’s Final Prairie Home Companion

Tonight, Garrison Keillor is recording his final A Prairie Home Companion, to be broadcast tomorrow night in its regular time slot. There’s a certain sadness to this. My parents have listened to A Prairie Home Companion for decades, and I seem to recall that they went to a live show in the early 90s. I … Continue reading On the Eve of Garrison Keillor’s Final Prairie Home Companion

The Semi-Colon Is Never Not Stylish

About a year ago I had to edit some copy a colleague had written for the catalog. It was a thoughtful, well-written piece, and it also happened to run over five hundred words, which was about two and a half times the number of words that would fit into the space we had on the … Continue reading The Semi-Colon Is Never Not Stylish

On the Great Gatsby Trailer — and Mutant Healing Factors

Come Christmas time, there’s a new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby coming to theaters, directed by Moulin Rouge‘s Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the mysterious Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. I’ve read Gatsby a half-dozen times over the years, drawn as much to … Continue reading On the Great Gatsby Trailer — and Mutant Healing Factors

On Fascinating Periods of History

At times, I think of myself as an amateur historian. It's unsurprising that I think of myself in that way; I was a history student in college, after all, and my library is filled with history books, from general histories of the world to histories of specific periods to histories of specific ideas. Among the … Continue reading On Fascinating Periods of History

On Favorite Characters In a Book

To my chagrin, I made it through college without ever having to read F. Scott Fitzgerald in an English course. I did, however, read Fitzgerald for my American history course. I had to write a paper on "Echoes of the Jazz Age," an essay where Fitzgerald used this memorable phrase to describe the 1920s — … Continue reading On Favorite Characters In a Book

On Kelsey Grammer's Second Act

F. Scott Fitzgerald said that there are no second acts in American lives. Kelsey Grammer is one of the great actors of our time. Frasier is one of the great television programs of all time. Unfortunately, Kelsey Grammer’s second act blows chunks. FOX debuted tonight Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show. Half an hour of … Continue reading On Kelsey Grammer's Second Act

On F. Scott Fitzgerald and Heroic Fantasy

Little known fact. F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby and coiner of the term “The Jazz Age,” wrote heroic fantasy. Why bring this up? On a mailing list I subscribe to the question was asked, “It’s interesring to note that though Hemingway and Fitzgerald did make it big, they still were miserable and … Continue reading On F. Scott Fitzgerald and Heroic Fantasy