The Writer's Almanac

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

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Midnight to Eight by David Salner | Sunday, January 15, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Midnight to eight I spend with machines, with their incessant hum, the hubbub and scrape, the snip-snip, the whine of well-oiled tongues that winds through the night. I listen to lathes go round, to mills that peck at each part-piece like hungry birds, to grinders whose bit-sized teeth make ultra-fine dust, golden iotas drawn toward... Read more »

At the Diamond School of Dance by Jon Loomis | Friday, January 13, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

It’s me and the mothers, out in the foyer. Linoleum floors, knotty-pine, late ’50s rumpus room— long row of trophies, blue ribbons on a shelf. I’m here with my daughter, who’s four. Who, because no one gives princess lessons, has opted for dancing. She likes the tutus, the tap shoes, the tights. The teachers are... Read more »

Chinese Restaurant by David Shumate | Sunday, January 01, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

After an argument, my family always dined at the Chinese restaurant. Something about the Orient washed the bitterness away. Like a riverbank where you rest for awhile. The owner bowed as we entered. The face of one who had seen too much. A revolution. The torture of loved ones. Horrors he would never reveal. His... Read more »