The Writer's Almanac

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

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Talking About the Day by Jim Daniels | Sunday, July 17, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Each night after reading three books to my two children— we each picked one—to unwind them into dreamland, I’d turn off the light and sit between their beds in the wide junk shop rocker I’d reupholstered blue, still feeling the close-reading warmth of their bodies beside me, and ask them to talk about the day—we... Read more »

Asphalt by Al Ortolani | Thursday, July 14, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The road crew hired temps between semesters to stand beside the hopper shoveling. The foreman disliked college students. He never learned our names, referenced us by the tools we carried—Skip and I were Shovels, scraping the hot mix into the conveyor. Ronnie the college drop-out advanced to Rake. He followed the paver, flicking the screed... Read more »