Among the sites I like to visit (see right column) is Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, featuring a poem a day and a daily collection of excemplary biographies as well. Today, looking up the site after some time, it was gone and I found a message instead.
Minnesota Public Radio had stated on 29 November 2017 that it „is terminating its contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies after recently learning of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him.“
I deplore this tying of allegetions of behaviour of a man to his work. I think of all the listeners and readers deprived of the Writer’s Almanac, because the board disregards the fact that in every paradies there’s a serpent.
I expect action when people „behave inappropriate“; but this reaction should minister to help victims and to change the offender’s behaviour and attitude, once he is convicted, not to transmute the affair into a public demonstration of righteousness and purity.
The world would miss a many great artists and thinkers if name and work would be purged of those allegedly or even truly guilty of similar offence. I don’t think it would make me a better person or the world a better place.
That’s why I say goodbye, but hopefully not forever.