Keillor discusses allegations of sexual harassment in his first extended interview since Minnesota Public Radio severed ties with the former "A Prairie Home Companion" creator and host in November.
She can read them twice and again tomorrow: We need to write, otherwise nobody will know who we are. So a shy person sits down and writes a letter. To be known by another person—to meet and talk freely on the page—to be close despite distance.
To escape from anonymity and be our own sweet selves and express the music of our souls. Same thing that moves a giant rock star to sing his heart out in front ofpeople moves us to take ballpoint in hand and write a few lines to our dear Aunt Eleanor.
We want to be known. The first step in writing letters is to get over the guilt of not writing. Letters are a gift. The burning shame you feel when you see unanswered mail makes it harder to pick up a pen and makes for a cheerless letter when you finally do.
Write those promptly if you want to keep your friends. Hi to your sweetie, too dash off a note to a pal. Envelopes, stamps, address book, everything in a drawer so you can write fast when the pen is hot.
Get a pen that makes a sensuous line, get a comfortable typewriter, a friendly word processor—whichever feels easy to the hand. Guided Reading Question 2 Click to answer Sit for a few minutes with the blank sheet in front of you, and meditate on the person you will write to, let your friend come to mind until you can almost see her or him in the room with you.
Remember the last time you saw each other and how your friend looked and what you said and what perhaps was unsaid between you, and when your friend becomes real to you, start to write. Write the salutation—Dear You—and take a deep breath and plunge In. A simple declarative sentence3 will do, followed by another and another and another.
Where did you go, who did you see, what did they say, what do you think? Everyone is gone and the house is quiet. Let your simple description of the present moment lead to something else, let the letter drift gently along. A letter is only a report to someone who already likes you for reasons other than your brilliance.
When you come to the end of one episode, just start a new paragraph.
Make mistakes and plunge on. Let the letter cook along and let yourself be bold. Outrage, confusion, love—whatever is in your mind, let it find a way to the page.Moreover, writing a letter for pleasure does not require extensive planning. specifically to write to them deeply touches that person.
Keillor reasons with the reader that writing an approximate fifty-word letter can depict much more than one phone call.
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During Reading Strategy Connect to Prior Knowledge. Vocabulary from the Selection anonymity obligatory. Guided Reading Question 1 How does Keillor describe himself? Click to answer. We shy persons need to write a letter now and then, or else we’ll dry up and . Subscribe to the “Garrison Keillor” list to receive a weekly email including his latest column, excerpts from Garrison’s books, news about upcoming shows and projects, plus links to performances, TWA & APHC merchandise, and poetry features.
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How To Write A Letter By Garrison Keillor FORMAL LETTERS Instructions Choose formal 8 1/2-by inch stationery with a matching envelope. The paper should be a neutral color such as white, cream or beige. Avoid stationery with bright colors or distracting graphic elements.