The Writer's Almanac

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

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Her Husband Away on a Business Trip, She Takes the Old Pontiac In for Repairs by Jo McDougall | Friday, April 15, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The young service manager comes round to explain, as if someone were dying, what will have to be done. “It’s more,” he says, “than we thought.” I want to tell him it’s all right, I’ve heard worse; we’re all orphans here. Live long enough, you might as well be a spider in a corner of... Read more »

Roller Coaster by Ginger Murchison | Thursday, April 14, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

It starts with the climbing in, nerved-up enough for that defiance of gravity, the slow-grind rackety-clack one-inch cog at a time—the mystery of machinery, the sane and safe weightedness of stiff-starched values, wondering if there were sins we’d committed since our last confession, then at the top, out on the edge, beyond the solid-ground world... Read more »