The Writer's Almanac

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

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We’ve Had This Conversation Before by Joseph Mills | Sunday, October 09, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

We’ve had this conversation before, my daughter and I, many times, about what she might buy with her allowance, about candy, about how her brother annoys her, about where her birth mother might be, and we’ve had this conversation before, my son and I, many times, about how fast he is, how fast horses are,... Read more »

Barrier Island by Floyd Skloot | Saturday, October 08, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The carousel and bumper cars were long gone. Seidel’s Skee Ball, the five-cent fortune telling machine, Izzy’s Knishes, the shooting gallery, teenage crooners harmonizing at Waller’s frozen custard stand: I saw them all vanish when I was still a boy. The three-story concrete watchtower that protected us from Nazi submarines was rubble. I played at... Read more »