Garrison Keillor -- Rhubarb
Stories on the CD:
2. Sweet Corn
3. The Sun’s Gonna Shine Someday
4. Yellow Ribbon
Lake Wobegon USA- Rhubarb
Comedy CD --76 minutes
Rhubarb is a very good story. It is also an easy to figure out metaphor. Dorothy of the Chatterbox Café bakes a batch of rhubarb pies and the folks in Lake Wobegon partake in the feast. Rhubarb is a free, bittersweet vegetable that anyone can grow and does not have any advertising campaign; rhubarb is pretty much like happiness.
The closing story on Lake Wobegon U.S.A Rhubarb, Yellow Ribbon, has the roof collapsing on the old movie theatre and Keillor waxing poetically on being a teenager and movie theatres. The core of his story however is about individuality and social pressure: Clint Bunsen of Bunsen Motors buys a wood sculpture that might shock people and so be bad for business; David Tollerud is the only student at the high school who does not wear a yellow ribbon (the first Gulf war) and gets a lot of grief and a suspension for it.
The question asked here is when things are hard, why make them harder? David Tollerud learns being an individual is hard in a place where the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.
Sweet Corn is a rather different story about an older couple eloping. It does take a while to get going but it is fun. The Sun’s Gonna Shine Someday has a sculpture of a naked woman falling off the Mercantile building. It is a decent story but not particularly memorable.