The Writer's Almanac

Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.

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Marching Through a Novel by John Updike | Saturday, May 07, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day’s progress through dazzling quicksand, the march of blank paper. With instant obedience they change clothes and mannerisms, drop a speech impediment, develop a motive backwards to suit the deed’s done. They extend skeletal arms for the handcuffs of... Read more »

The East Berliner, 1989 by Ginger Murchison | Friday, May 06, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

They didn’t come for the bananas, but everyone who came through that hole in the wall wanted one, the West ready with its Welkommen! mountains of yellow. After twenty-eight years of concrete-cold days and only those few flowers defiant in the cracks of denial, imagine the yellow-fresh sight, that spike on the tongue, the fireworks... Read more »