The Writer's Almanac

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

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O Cheese by Donald Hall | Sunday, September 20, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

In the pantry the dear dense cheeses, Cheddars and harsh Lancashires; Gorgonzola with its magnanimous manner; the clipped speech of Roquefort; and a head of Stilton that speaks in a sensuous riddling tongue like Druids. O cheeses of gravity, cheeses of wistfulness, cheeses that weep continually because they know they will die. O cheeses of... Read more »

Segovia by Robyn Sarah | Tuesday, September 15, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The guitarists were sitting around in somebody’s basement room discussing their fingernails. They were comparing the length of their fingernails, they were expounding upon the strength of fingernails, they were trading chilling tales of broken fingernails. The guitarists were filing the ragged ends of their fingernails grown long on one hand only, telltale sign, badge... Read more »