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O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound

 
 
Author
Garrison Keillor.
Publisher Grove  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780802121615
Pages/Publication Date 170/2013
Daedalus Item Code 54392
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Although A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor has edited several anthologies of his favorite poems, this is the first published collection of his own light verse—dedicated to Ogden Nash, Cole Porter, John Updike, Ira Gershwin, Roger Miller, and Roy Blount Jr.—and you can practically hear his sonorously warbling baritone as you read the words. Keillor writes on love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion, and other facets of daily life with his characteristic combination of playful humor and genuine insight, locating sublime music for the heart within the humdrum of being human.

"America's foremost humorist and social pundit.... Keillor's running commentary about the human condition has the uncanny ability to home in on the pulse of America."—PBS

"Music permeates his comic verse, contributing the melody the words sometimes lack (Ira or Cole he ain't quite, as he might admit). It's full of out-and-out song parodies, such as 'Home on the Plains (instead of "Range"),' 'Nikolina' (same title as, wryer story than the Swedish American vaudeville standard of the same name), 'Dark (not "Blue") Skies,' and cleverest, perhaps, 'Episcopalian,' to be sung to 'Ain't Misbehavin'.' Besides tunefulness, formal variety abounds. Keillor writes excellent limericks, most not dirty, and while he wisely never essays Nash's trademark, wildly irregular couplets, he often loosens meter to the point of blowsiness. As in his best-selling fiction, the subject matter is the (very funny) stuff of the lumpen-bourgeois blues."—Booklist

 
 
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