The Writer's Almanac

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

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Grandfather’s Cars by Robert Phillips | Monday, June 01, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Every two years he traded them in (“As soon as the ashtrays get full,” he said with good humor); always a sedate four-door sedan, always a Buick, always dark as the inside of a tomb. Then one spring Grandfather took off to trade, returned, parked proudly in the driveway. “Shave-and-a-haircut, two bits!” blared the horn.... Read more »

In A Kitchen Where Mushrooms Were Washed by Jane Hirshfield | Friday, May 29, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

In a kitchen where mushrooms were washed, the mushroom scent lingers. As the sea must keep for a long time the scent of the whale. As a person who’s once loved completely, a country once conquered, does not release that stunned knowledge. They must want to be found, those strange-shaped, rising morels, clownish puffballs. Lichens... Read more »