The Writer's Almanac

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

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The Drink by Ron Padgett | Thursday, July 20, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

I am always interested in the people in films who have just had a drink thrown in their faces. Sometimes they react with uncontrollable rage, but sometimes—my favorites—they do not change their expressions at all. Instead they raise a handkerchief or napkin and calmly dab at the offending liquid, as the hurler jumps to her... Read more »

The Pleasures of Hating by Laure-Anne Bosselaar | Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

I hate Mozart. Hate him with that healthy pleasure one feels when exasperation has crescendoed, when lungs, heart, throat, and voice explode at once: I hate that! — there’s bliss in this, rapture. My shrink tried to disabuse me, convinced I use Amadeus as a prop: Think further; your father perhaps? I won’t go back,... Read more »

Sonnet CVI: “When in the chronicle of wasted time” by William Shakespeare | Monday, July 17, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

When in the chronicle of wasted time I see descriptions of the fairest wights, And beauty making beautiful old rhyme In praise of ladies dead and lovely knights, Then, in the blazon of sweet beauty’s best, Of hand, of foot, of lip, of eye, of brow, I see their antique pen would have express’d Even... Read more »