GK: And now . . . a message from the Professional Organization of English Majors.
Text messaging and the chat box have been rough on English, on punctuation and spelling, and also on the subjunctive. The subjunctive: expressing wishful thinking, desire, possibility, the hypothetical. The verb tense of romance.
SS: Hi. I feel as if I know you from somewhere. Might we have been in a library together at one time, reading books at adjacent tables?
GK: I wish it were true.
SS: I would give anything if you were an English major.
GK: And if I were, could you tread softly knowing that I have spread my dreams under your feet like the embroidered cloths of heaven?
SS: And dare I dream that the man I love were able to accurately quote William Butler Yeats.
GK: If I may be so bold: might you be willing to join me in a small cabin of clay and wattles made there in the bee-loud glade?
SS: If you mean now, I would have to say yes, but you must take me in your arms immediately lest I change my mind.
GK: The Subjunctive. Suggestive. Subtle. Wouldn’t you like to use it this afternoon? A message from the Professional Organization of English Majors.
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).