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October 15, 2007 |
Dear Garrison Keillor,
As an American publisher of various monographs related to the Nobel Institution(s) and its prizes, I was truly horrified (not at all amused) by this week's comedy segment (conversation between Al Gore and George Bush) which repeated made reference to Sweden. Kindly note (as bachelor from Lake W would surely know) that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in OSLO (like that's Norway) and not Sweden. Furthermore the peace prize award ceremony takes place in Oslo and not in Stockholm. I can now perceive why my many friends at the KVA in Stockholm find your radio broadcast less amusing than I usually do.
Sagamore Beach, MA
The mistake about the Peace Prize was made by a character in the sketch, George W. Bush, and was a deliberate mistake. Have you ever heard of this device being used in comedy? Do you have some sense of humor other than sarcasm? Your letter is a small world into a mind I am truly grateful not to know. If you were "horrified" by the sketch, how do you manage to live in this world of war and suffering and cruelty? Please devote your attention to some other show, my good man. I'd hate to think of you listening, breathing hard, taking everything literally.