The Writer's Almanac

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

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Red Never Lasts by Anya Krugovoy Silver | Saturday, May 06, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

There’s no doubt it’s the most glamorous, the one you reach for first—its luscious gloss. Russian Roulette, First Dance, Apéritif, Cherry Pop. For three days, your nails are a Ferris wheel, a field of roses, a flashing neon Open sign. Whatever you’re wearing feels like a tight dress and your hair tousles like Marilyn’s on... Read more »

Polar Bear in the Central Park Zoo by Julie Sheehan | Wednesday, May 03, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Watched, captivating, he swims to the rocky shelf and berths a beat before pushing off with plate-sized foot, belly up, yellow head plowing a watery furrow. He soaks. A forepaw backstrokes the water once, idly, but with force enough to speed his streamlined bulk across the dole of open sea he’s fathomed utterly. He dives... Read more »