A Prairie Home Conundrum: The mysterious appeal of Garrison Keillor.

Keillor’s humor has always been a bit of a puzzle: What is its irony/sincerity ratio? Is he mocking Midwesterners or mocking the rest of us via Midwesterners? In 1985, when Time magazine called Keillor the funniest man in America, Bill Cosby reportedly said, “That’s true if you’re a pilgrim.” A decade later, a cartoon version of Keillor forced Homer Simpson to assault his TV and shout, “Be more funny!” –Sam AndesonA Prairie Home Conundrum: The mysterious appeal of Garrison Keillor. (Slate)

A great quote from later in the piece: “Without saying it outright, Keillor projects himself as a sage — a kind of Wobegon Obi-Wan spreading the revolutionary creed of premodern simplicity.”